The PARTHENOS cluster, created to encourage cohesion between research infrastructure projects, is investigating ways in which training in Research Infrastructures is, or can become, embedded in higher education curricula. In order to do this, the PARTHENOS training team is conducting a survey of how knowledge about research infrastructures is presented in formal education courses and programmes of study.
The survey, which sits alongside desk research into courses and their implementation across Europe, has been available to invited participants since February. PARTHENOS is now expanding this survey and making an open call for participation from both course providers and students undertaking a course of study in Digital Humanities.
The Community Engagement working group in VCC2 is charged with making meaningful connections with researchers in the AHSS disciplines in order to drive forward work within the wider VCC2 network.
In order to do this, of course, we must first identify and define the communities with whom we want to engage. At the DARIAH Annual Event, held in Berlin last month, we launched our campaign to do just that.
Our approach was two-pronged: an ‘interactive’ poster on which visitors were asked to define communities of practice on removeable sticky notes they then stuck to the poster, and also by responding to our question “How would YOU define Communities of Practice?” as posted on Twitter.
This year’s DARIAH Annual Event, hosted last week in Berlin, had a lot of interesting presentations and new introductions! Among them, the DH Course Registry, an open, online inventory of DH modules, courses and programmes in Europe. Originally developed by DARIAH-NL, the Course Registry has become a central service of DARIAH-EU and was now re-launched as a joint effort of the European research infrastructures CLARIN-ERIC and DARIAH-EU.
It is considered a key DARIAH-EU service developed, proudly, within the VCC2 Working Group “Training and Education”. A fine showcase of European collaboration, the registry has been conceptualized, realized and sustained by colleagues from The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria, with additional data and feedback provided by colleagues from Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Serbia and many more.
The DH Course Registry currently covers only (a selection of) DH courses offered by European academic organizations, but an extension of the Registry beyond Europe can easily be achieved. Students, lecturers and researchers can search the database on the basis of related disciplines, topographical information (location), ECTS credits or the academic degrees that are awarded. In addition, it is possible to search for courses based on TaDiRAH, a Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (including labels for techniques and objects) and sub-disciplines from the Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH).
Its goal is to provide information to: (i) students and researchers who intend to take up study in the field of Digital Humanities, (ii) lecturers who are looking for examples of good practices in the DH field or want to promote their own DH-related teaching activities and material, and (iii) administrators who aim to attract and facilitate staff mobility and exchange.
The DH Course Registry aims to be as inclusive as possible and only enforces some very basic restrictions in order to keep the information in the database relevant and DH-focused. Apart from that, for each country that is represented in the Course Registry, a dedicated National Moderator will be appointed to ensure the accuracy of the database, curate the data and reach out to students, lecturers and administrators in their respective countries.