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  • Dariah Advisory Board June 2009 Peter

    1. 1. Towards a new research infrastructure for the arts and humanities Peter Doorn Director, Data Archiving and Networked Services The Hague, June 30 th , 2009
    2. 2. What do humanities scholars have to do with digital research infrastructures? <ul><li>Traditional image of the humanities scholar: </li></ul><ul><li>a loner in his study </li></ul>
    3. 3. Ideas about the future may be false... Mouse? How Rand Corporation envisioned the future (2004) home computer in 1954
    4. 4. The innovative scholar Today’s scholars Bookwheel, from Agostino Ramelli's &quot;Le diverse et artifiose machine,&quot; 1588
    5. 5. From humanities computing to e-Humanities <ul><li>Roots go back to the 1960s: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>text analysis, e.g. bible studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quantitative social and economic history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>linguistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>archaeology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>e-Humanities as analogy of e-Science: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ science increasingly done through distributed global collaborations enabled by the Internet, using very large data collections, large-scale computing resources and high performance visualisation.’ </li></ul>
    6. 6. CLIWOC (Climate of the World Oceans) Collaboration of historians and meteorologists
    7. 7. Journal entry, 26-29 September 1758
    8. 8. Shipping Routes 1750-1850 Courtesy of CLIWOC project, KNMI
    9. 9. Wind direction and speed Courtesy of CLIWOC project, KNMI
    10. 10. Archaeology
    11. 11. Data collection in the field
    12. 12. Databases of finds
    13. 13. Photos, GIS, sherds
    14. 14. Electronic Depot Netherlands Archaeology (EDNA)
    15. 15. Archaeological Data Service (UK)
    16. 16. Digital Research data in the arts and humanities <ul><li>Digital materials collected for research purposes, e.g.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History: digitized archival sources such as population registers, shipping journals, historical censuses, judicial verdicts, medieval manuscripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archaeology: excavation data - field reports, databases of finds, photos of objects, digital maps of sites, drawings of shards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linguistics: speech data, text corpora, video </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. What does data look like? <ul><li>Multitude of data types: data bases, spreadsheets, texts, audio, video, still images </li></ul><ul><li>Multitude of formats: since 1960s! From home-grown applications (legacy data) via standard software to open standards </li></ul><ul><li>Data is often coded or “enriched”: cannot be understood or used without ample documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Often: difficult to use without specific software </li></ul>
    18. 18. Research Infrastructures (R.I.) <ul><li>R.I. in general: permanent and physical </li></ul><ul><li>R.I. for the natural sciences: ice breakers for polar research, satellites, telescopes, particle accelerators, laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>R.I. for the humanities? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural heritage in all forms is the main source of humanities research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries and archives are the traditional “laboratories” for the humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the digital age, essential for innovative humanities research is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to digitised heritage data (data bases, text corpora, speech, image collections, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools to process this information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The most important new research infrastructure for the humanities is therefore a digital one </li></ul>
    19. 19. ESFRI Roadmap <ul><li>ESFRI = European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>First Roadmap launched in autumn 2006, update in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>About 30 proposals for large scale research facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Six proposals are in area of social sciences and humanities </li></ul><ul><li>DARIAH covers all arts and humanities </li></ul>
    20. 21. Preparation Project: Overview of the Work Packages <ul><li>1. Project management </li></ul><ul><li>2. Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>3. Strategic work </li></ul><ul><li>4. Financial work </li></ul><ul><li>5. Governance and logistical work </li></ul><ul><li>6. Legal work </li></ul><ul><li>7. Technical reference architecture </li></ul><ul><li>8. Technical: Conceptual modelling </li></ul>
    21. 22. DARIAH preparation project partners
    22. 23. Aspiring Partners <ul><li>Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Austria </li></ul><ul><li>Switzerland </li></ul><ul><li>Other prospective partners in: </li></ul><ul><li>Rumania, Bulgaria , Hungary, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia, FYROM </li></ul>
    23. 24. Strategic, financial, organisational and legal objectives <ul><li>Strategic: </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the strategic vision, goals, objectives and policies for DARIAH, ensuring they are based upon and will meet stakeholder requirements, clearly identified business drivers, and identified benefits for European research </li></ul><ul><li>Financial: </li></ul><ul><li>To define a sustainable business model for DARIAH that allows for the provision of long-term services to the European research community in the humanities, while ensuring adaptability to new user needs and new technological developments </li></ul><ul><li>Logistical: </li></ul><ul><li>To deliver a business plan that describes the organisational set-up and the management structure, the role of the institutions and persons involved (stakeholders, staff, experts, partners, expansion with new partners) </li></ul><ul><li>Legal: </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the rights and obligations of different types of DARIAH partners and allowing for the inclusion of new partners; draft licence agreements, products and services contracts ; </li></ul>
    24. 25. Technical and conceptual objectives <ul><li>Architectural: </li></ul><ul><li>To draft the technical reference architecture of DARIAH, consisting of draft engineering plans, as well as demonstrators for key enabling technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop foundation of a coherent, interlinked, and collaboratively maintained virtual infrastructure of digital resources in the partner institutes. Model and evaluate the research processes in selected digital humanities disciplines. </li></ul>
    25. 26. Relations to other projects and networks
    26. 27. Preparing DARIAH: time schedule 2008 2009 May 2007 Deadline Capacities call ESFRI projects Q3 2008 Agreement EC funding Q4 2008 Start “Preparing DARIAH” 2010 2007 October 2006 Publication ESFRI Roadmap December 2006 Publication relevant FP7 call Q1 2010 DARIAH conference Q1 2011 Start construction DARIAH Financial Commitment?

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