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:


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:


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


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

A motivating talk by Lorna Hughes at R.C. Athena: From ‘Digital Humanities’ to ‘Research Infrastructures’

Digital Curation Unit – Athena R.C. hosted, on Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, a talk by Lorna Hughes, Professor of Digital Humanities and DCU Visiting Scientist 2016, entitled From ‘Digital Humanities’ to ‘Research Infrastructures’.

What are the core elements of ‘digital humanities’? How digital research infrastructures can best serve what is called the ‘digital turn’? How do we communicate digital humanities research? How do we facilitate access to digital content? Those are some of the issues around which evolved the talk of Professor Hughes, addressing the challenges coming with the expansion of digital cultural heritage.

Lorna Hughes

This expansion has enabled innovative approaches to representing spatial and temporal aspects of primary source materials, but there are still numerous challenges, especially in accessing and using digital heritage. Professor Hughes focused principally on the role of digital research infrastructures and how they might address the core elements of digital humanities, namely the content, the methods and the tools. According to Professor Hughes digital research infrastructures need to evolve around three axes: (1) better access to digital content, (2) open content for the use and re-use of digital content and (3) better environment enabling the use of hybrid and complex material and data. Finally, Professor Hughes also discussed the role of in the digital research space as well as some important new developments internationally to support the use of digital content, tools and methods for research.