New spring for Community Engagement WG

After taking over as chairs of Community Engagement WG with fresh ideas, aims and activities for the working group, our main goal was to work closely with the wider DARIAH community. We concentrated our efforts on contacting national DARIAH coordinators, trying to learn more about needs and demands in terms of Community Engagement and offering our help in promoting their country’s research.

Unfortunately, the response was rather sobering, but we are not giving up! We will continue reaching out to them and, hopefully, we can feature each country in a brief research profile, promote researchers and give insight into selected inspiring DH projects in our new spotlight series.

We already have some exciting ideas for content, but we don’t want to forget to ask you – the community – what your wishes and needs are. What do you expect of our working group? How can we help with your endeavors? Do you know any projects that you would like to see featured in a spotlight series? Do you have any questions for us?

In short: We want to get to know you and stay tuned! #SpotlightOnCommunity

Please feel free to contact us via our brand new email address or on Twitter @CE_DARIAH


Špela, Michael and Joëlle

Community Engagement Working Group welcomes new Co-Chairs

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.

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