Europeana Research Invites: Using European Infrastructures for Humanities research: Scoping Content, Tools and Users

Europeana Research aims to create stronger connections between humanities research and the digitised content of Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries and archives.

Although much ofEuropeana’s dataset is already available for reuse via its API, portal and linked data set, researchers require access to specific sets of tools and services that provide critical mass of content.

On Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th 2015, Europeana Research invites key stakeholders (researchers / e-content experts / digital humanists) who have worked on the issues specifically related to use of digital content for research to discuss the following topics:

1. Scoping and understanding the range of available digital content and metadata: what is available, what are the barriers to knowing what’s available (discoverability, awareness, but also cultural issues and disciplinary issues that may inhibit the use of open content). A report of work done in this area within the Europeana Cloud project will start the debate.

2. Using digital content and metadata for research: what are the barriers to use and re-use of content? Are the aggregations of content, and the tools or services that are available adequate for researchers? If not, how can European Infrastructures scope user requirements to discover what is needed? How should such infrastructures interact with cultural heritage institutions? And what should cultural heritage institutions do to make their digitised content more amenable for research use ?

And in a landscape of short-term project funding, how is the dialogue about research needs sustained?

3. Who are the Users: How can we cultivate the communities of practice that use the content, understand their requirements, and capture this in the process of designing content strategies and tools? How can use of digital content contribute to the sustainability of infrastructure services over the long term?

Do we need more formal ways to describe and understand use of digital content for research: is there a ‘methodological layer’ needed for research infrastructures?

Outcomes of the event will be recommendations to the aforementioned questions.

Date: Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th 2015 Time: Monday, October 12th morning to Tuesday, October 13th lunch time. Venue: R.C. “Athena”, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Artemidos 6 & Epidavrou, GR-151 25 Maroussi, Greece

Event Chairs:

Agiatis Benardou, Digital Curation Unit, ATHENA R.C.

Alastair Dunning, The Europeana Foundation

Lorna Hughes, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Contact and RSVP: Agiatis Benardou (, Eliza Papaki (

This workshop is funded via the Europeana Cloud CIP-ICT PSP ( and the DARIAH-ATTIKI EFRD projects


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DYAS / DARIAH GR: Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end

katsiadakiThe closing event of the first phase of DYAS / DARIAH GR took place in the Academy of Athens on September 15, 2015. Members of the DYAS / DARIAH GR network were given the chance to present an overview of the initiatives undertaken during the first phase of the Project: the creation of a repository of scholarly resources for the humanities, the various services supported by the network, the educational seminars organized by the members of DYAS / DARIAH GR, and, not least, the methods and practices related to the construction of thesauri for the humanities. Furthermore, the members of the network discussed issues pertaining to the semantic aggregation of content, as well as the importance of the development of a community of researchers around the network. In her closing talk, Dr. Helen Katsiadakis, Co-ordinator of DYAS and National Co-ordinator for DARIAH-GR, presented an overall assessment of the Project and the perspectives for its continuation.

A round table discussion took place before the closing of the ceremony, where the consortium had the opportunity to express their views on the various ways in which digital technologies can promote research in the humanities and support research communities. One of the key issues raised was the need to raise and enhance awareness about the human network and to build and develop a vital research community around it. Further interesting questions included ways in which digital technologies may transform or facilitate humanities research.

Overall, this was a memorable closing event, and, hopefully, a good first step towards the second phase of the initiative.

Pictures from the event can be found here:


Nephelie Chatzidiakou, Digital Curation Unit, IMIS, “Athena” R.C.

What’s the trend in Αrchaeology?

The University of Glasgow hosted the annual conference of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAAGlasgow2015) on September 2-5 2015, celebrating its 21st annual meeting in Scotland. With topics varying from Virtual Archaeology to Celtic Connections, this conference gathered around 2500 delegates from all over the world.


Conference themes were quite broad and inclusive allowing thus various research initiatives to be heard with wide geographical, chronological and methodological span. More particularly, the themes centered around:

Among the presentations and the whiskey tasting, archaeologists discussed the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of the field, ranging from Anthropology and Chemistry to Computer Science, the distinction between the representation, digital or not, and the actual archaeological site/artefact and its meaning, altmetrics and electronic publications, new opportunities for communicating archaeology today, methodology and scientific terminology.

Living in an age of uncertainty, the field seemed to be puzzled about its future development. Will new generations experience archaeology and its remains only through their digital representations? Will that be matter of choice or matter of necessity? Do we have a duty as archaeologists? How can archaeology be more engaging for the public?

As the sessions ran parallel so was the discussion held in the conference; capturing all its aspects is hardly possible. From innovative technologies enforced in projects to more “traditional” archaeological research, the discussion revolved around a wealth of topics.

The initiative of Europeana Research was among the projects introduced in the context of its potential collaboration with the digital heritage library of ARK4. Aiming to engage the audience and to transform a passive to an active user, ARK4 experiments with archaeological content, among other, to develop digital games and 3D environments as a new way of cultural heritage dissemination. In this context, Europeana Research aspires to serve with its archaeological content to a new target audience of young users and in digital gaming and learning activities.

Besides, “teaching and discussing heritage within the archaeological education in our present society, with its uncertain political situation is more crucial and important than ever”.

Slide from Prof. Anita Synnestvedt (University of Gothenburg) presentation on “We all learn from each other-teaching archaeology for the future”, session Communicating Archaeology 24: Sustainable practices in archaeology.
Slide from Prof. Anita Synnestvedt (University of Gothenburg) presentation on “We all learn from each other-teaching archaeology for the future”, session Communicating Archaeology 24: Sustainable practices in archaeology.

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