The Community Engagement Working Group has welcomed 3 new co-chairs to replace outgoing co-chairs, Eliza and Vicky. Špela Antloga, Michael Kurzmeier and Joëlle Weis took over the role from the 1st June 2020.
The outgoing co-chairs, Vicky Garnett and Eliza Papaki took on the chair of the working group in February 2017, and sought to take the working group in a new direction, looking at communities of practice and barriers to engagement with them as part of their DARIAH Working Groups funded research (2017-2018).
The incoming chairs bring with them a fresh new perspective, and huge enthusiasm for the role.
Špela Antloga is currently completing her PhD in Linguistics, and working in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Špela has worked on a variety of projects based in digitalisation technologies. She is currently involved in projects that aim to develop an interactive digital learning environment for Slovene language and to help improve digital language proficiency among the elderly population.
Michael Kurzmeier is a researcher at Maynooth University, Ireland, working on a PhD in Digital Humanities (in conjunction with Orla Murphy at University College Cork). His work is involved in increasing awareness of and contributions to DARIAH among higher education institutions and researchers within Ireland. He hopes to bring this experience to the working group, and to enable researchers to overcome barriers to access to DH methods.
Joëlle Weis currently works as a postdoctoral researcher for the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel research association in Germany, where she works on collections studies and digital methods. Her background is in history, but she also has a strong enthusiasm for communications and engagement, and raising awareness and reinforcing dialogue between different communities.
This new team already have great plans for the direction of the Community Engagement Working Group, and plan to work closely with the wider DARIAH community to build on the work that has been achieved by the past co-chairs since the working group was established in 2013.