First results of European registry of Digital Humanities courses presented during DARIAH VCC meeting in Rome

In the best of the Digital Humanities tradition, an online interactive search environment has been created that offers detailed information on DH courses throughout Europe. This registry was presented at the recent DARIAH VCC meeting in Rome and is an example of an in-kind contribution to DARIAH by its neighboring members Germany and the Netherlands. Together they took the lead and designed a search environment that combines a map of Europe with a database containing all relevant information on DH humanities courses. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in Digital Humanities, and lecturers who are looking for examples of good practices can search the database on the basis of topographical location, credits or degrees that are awarded, and keywords from the taxonomy on DH that was developed earlier by DARIAH Germany. As the Dutch/Flemish and Germans took the initiative, most of the data in the registry comes from these countries, but during the meeting in Rome the baton was passed to France and Austria.

The initial approach to gather data on DH education was to send out a survey to lecturers who had been identified on the website of their faculty. The newest version of the registry however offers the possibility to lecturers to add their courses to the registry themselves. They can register at https://dh-registry.de.dariah.eu after which they will reach an application form that can be completed. After approval by the administrator the course is added to the registry. The problem of information not being up to date after some time is partly covered by making a central person in each country responsible for monitoring the quality of the data. To identify out-dated information a feature has been added that makes a data field turn red if it is not updated after a certain amount of time.

We encourage everyone to browse through the registry, to stimulate students to use it and to add courses to it. Registration: https://dh-registry.de.dariah.eu by clicking on “Apply” on the left upper side.

Stef Scagliola, Walter Scholger

NEDIMAH and DARIAH-EU Workshop at DH 2014: What’s Your Method? Understanding Digital Scholarship Through Ontologies

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This workshop at the DH 2014 engaged participants in the theory and practice of developing an ontology for digital research methods in the arts and humanities. Led by a team of experts in humanities digital research methods and ontology building, the workshop was aimed at developing a formal conceptualization of digital research methods in the arts and humanities across the humanities research lifecycle, from the discovery, constitution and management of research data and resources to their representation, visualization and analysis, and from the formulation of research topics and hypotheses to scholarly publication and communication.

Facilitators:

* Prof. Panos Constantopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business & Digital Curation Unit-Athena RC

* Prof. Costis Dallas, University of Toronto & Digital Curation Unit-Athena RC

* Prof. Lorna Hughes, University of Wales

* Prof. Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne

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Participants:

James Baker, Jill Belli, Dido – Danai Georgoula, Evelyn Gius, H.M. Huistra, Peter Jenkins, Christina Kamposiori, Inna Kizhner, Kostis Kornetis, Tom Lombardi, Clara Isabel Martinez Canton, Elli Mylonas, Alexander O’Connor, Mitchell Ogden, Vayianos Pertsas, Owain Roberts, Gerlinde Schneider, Anna Maria Sichani, Elena Spadini, Gael Vaamonde, Gabriel Viehhauser, Ingrida Vosyliūtė, Martin Wynne.

The Workshop outline is available as a PDF here.

This post was contributed by Nephelie Chatzidiakou, Digital Curation Unit, Athens Greece

April 2014 in Athens: VCC2 meeting & DARIAH -GR kick-off

In April 2014, two important DARIAH-related events took place in Greece which showed that the Greek Digital Humanities community is robust and highly motivated.

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On April 5th and 6th, DARIAH-GR hosted a VCC2 meeting at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications. The National and Kapodistrian ​University of Athens and Digital ​Curation ​Unit​ undertook its organisation on the premises of the department. This was a yearly VCC2 planning meeting which featured reports on past and current research activities, planning of future VCC2 events, and discussion of grant-funded research proposals to be submitted. One of the most productive issues discussed was a reassessment of the overall vision of the VCC2 and its interactivity with the other VCCs​. This moment of self-awareness both as a team and as individuals working in different national and institutional contexts was of significant importance and it was -among others- eloquently depicted in the VCC2 blog name: We have to re-think, re-shape, re-imagine, re-define​ our research and educational ethos towards the Digital Humanities.

 

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Following the VCC2 meeting, the kick-off event of DARIAH-GR took place on the 7th and 8th of April, which was hosted at beautiful and the historical building of the Academy of Athens. With this event the DYAS network inaugurated its activities and initiatives. During this two-day event, the DARIAH project as well the DYAS network were introduced and the main goals of the Greek Digital Infrastructure for Arts & Humanities were further elaborated and discussed. Alongside some invited speakers from the Digital Humanities international ​community, a vibrant audience attended the event and contributed with their inputs to the discussion.

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Both these events constitute the official start of the DARIAH project in Greece, Laurent Romary’s tweet encapsulate our feelings, efforts and goals: “Greece enters DARIAH- EU full speed!”

This post was contributed by Anna-Maria Sichani & Athanasios Karasimos, DARIAH-GR, Academy of Athens Research Team