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.
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.
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.
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