DARIAH – DiMPO European Scholarly Practices Survey: Publication of the Highlights Report

highlights-report-imageHow do researchers in the Arts and Humanities consult their research material? How widespread is the use of digital devices, including tablets and other mobile devices? Which research activities, related to the use of digital methods and tools, are more common amongst humanists? How do researchers disseminate their work, what use of social networks or scholarly community sites they make? Which services are more widespread in the course of the research lifecycle and what needs the researchers themselves identify as important for conducting their research?

These are but few of the questions attempted to be answered by the analysis of the DARIAH – VCC2- DiMPO European Scholarly Practices Survey. In order to provide an evidence-based, up-to-date, and meaningful account of the emerging information practices, needs and attitudes of arts and humanities researchers in the evolving European digital scholarly environment, the web survey involved a transnational team of researchers from more than a dozen countries, and addressed digitally-enabled research practices, attitudes and needs in all areas of Europe and across different arts and humanities disciplines and contexts. The survey was conducted in 2015 in ten languages and gathered 2,177 responses from humanities researchers from more than 20 European countries. The summary of the main results is included in a highlights report which is available in English, French, German, Polish and Spanish.

The web survey offers strong evidence of extensive use of both digital resources and digital services or tools among European researchers in the arts and humanities and documents their use across the whole scholarly work life-cycle, from data collection to publication and dissemination. The findings also provide valuable insights regarding the devices used to consult different kinds of scholarly resources, the research processes and activities conducted by humanists, the channels of publishing and dissemination of scholarly work, the use of databases as well as their contents, the frequency of use of specific digital services and applications as well as the importance of a series of needs related to the findability and availability of digital resources, digitization, support and information related to the use of digital methods and tools, networking etc.

The results add to our understanding of how researchers and more specifically those among them using digital resources, methods, services and tools conduct their research, and what they perceive as important for their work. This is significant not only for better understanding the scholarly work and the digital aspect related to it, but also for defining the priorities which need to be set for digital infrastructures, as well as activities and strategies for digital inception which will shape future initiatives regarding the diverse communities of researchers in the humanities.

The Highlights Report is going to be shortly followed by the publication of the Final Report showcasing the consolidated European results and six detailed national profiles, namely for Austria, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Switzerland. This work is going to be pursued by a second phase of the web survey which will allow us to draw richer and mainly comparative results on the use of digital methods and tools by European humanists.

For further information please contact Costis Dallas, Project Head (c.dallas@dcu.gr) or Nephelie Chatzidiakou, Project Coordinator ( n.chatzidiakou@dcu.gr).

Europeana Research Grants: Call for submissions

Europeana Research is offering funds to individual researchers working with digitized content from the cultural sector. The research projects which will be funded should be employing state of the art tools and methods in the Digital Humanities to address a specific research question and make as much use of the Europeana data as possible.europeana-black-small-logo

The grants will be given to postgraduate or doctoral students and early career scholars in any field within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Archival or Information Sciences. Moreover, the selected projects will be funded for one to six months, and all the work must be carried out until May 1st 2017. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 14th, 2016.

You can find a detailed description of the call for submissions as well as guidelines for the applicants at: http://research.europeana.eu/blogpost/europeana-research-grants-2016


Current edition of DHQ features “TaDiRAH: a Case Study in Pragmatic Classification”

Classifying and categorizing the activities that comprise “digital humanities” has been a longstanding area of interest for many practitioners in this field, fueled by ongoing attempts to define digital humanities both within the academy and in the public sphere.

The Case Study on the Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (TaDiRAH) presents how TaDiRAH is designed to function as a tool for pragmatic classification. It does so by tracking its development, namely a non-funded transatlantic cooperation by representatives from DARIAH-DE and DiRT. It is available online at the DHQ website: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/10/1/000235/000235.html


The development has profited from previous research on DH methods and studies of the research lifecycle which have been revisited, adapted and aligned according to a more pragmatically-oriented use. The process has been applied in close exchange with similar initiatives such as the NeDiMAH methods ontology (NeMO) and the Digital Methods and Practices Observatory (DiMPO).

The taxonomy has seen contributions by the community along the way, beginning with feedback on its first draft and up to complete translations into a variety of languages. Currently, TaDiRAH comes in a native English version as well as in Spanish, Serbian and German, thus progressively turning it into a multilingual resource. The featured languages are in different stages of publication and will be made fully available on GitHub soon.


With its pragmatic approach, the taxonomy continues to rely on both use and community engagement. Some of the initial applications of the taxonomy are outlined in this recent article; they include implementations in DH-projects describing tools, bibliography entries, projects, courses or conference abstracts.

TaDiRAH benefits from DARIAH infrastructure as it is supported by DARIAH-DE and implemented in various aspects of DARIAH-EU including the DH Course Registry and forthcoming (re-) import in NeMo as well as an integration in the #dariahTeach platform.

TaDiRAH is publically available under a CC-BY license on GitHub and features a SPARQL endpoint through an instance of the TemaTres Vocabulary Server.

The design represents a poster that was presented at DHd 2016 in Leipzig.
(for the vocabulary server visit http://tadirah.dariah.eu)


Luise Borek, M.A.
FG Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft
Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
FB Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften