Round-up of the year from the Community Engagement Working Group

2018 has certainly been a busy year for us here in the Community Engagement Working Group, right up to last weekend (8th and 9th Dec) when we presented some of the findings of our Survey and Case Studies work at the EADH 2018 conference in NUI Galway.

The front of the Quadrangle at NUI Galway with Christmas Tree
Festive decorations at EADH in NUI Galway, Dec 2018 (image: Vicky Garnett 2018, CC-BY-SA)

This is the third conference we have presented at this year, with a poster at DHBenelux in Amsterdam in June, and a Roundtable session at BALTEHUMS in Riga in October.  Our increased activity around Europe is in line with our overall mission this year of reaching out to Research Communities that have previously not engaged with DARIAH.

The presentation at EADH2018 marked the closing of our year-long project ‘Engaging Research Communities Beyond DARIAH’.  Over the course of the project, running since November 2017 and funded through the DARIAH Working Group Funding Scheme, we have run a webinar with around 40 participants, conducted an online survey, hosted an Internship for an MPhil student, presented at 3 conferences (as outlined above), given out a Travel Bursary to attend one of those conferences, conducted interviews with scholars across Europe to develop case studies, and had a chapter accepted for the upcoming volume of the Routledge Handbook of Digital Humanities, as edited by Dr. Stuart Dunn and Dr. Kristen Schuster from King’s College London.

Latvia National Library building exterior
Latvia National Library (image: Vicky Garnett 2018, CC-BY-SA)

And we’re not done yet!  We will shortly be presenting our report on our activities around engaging communities beyond DARIAH, and will include recommendations for our colleagues elsewhere in DARIAH for how to tailor their activities to reach beyond their current base of researchers.

As we look to 2019, we begin to think about what to focus on next, and some ideas are already bubbling away.  If you have any ideas to share, we’d love to hear from you! We may have finished this current run of work, but this is just the beginning.

Merry Christmas everyone, and a very happy 2019!