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Presentation for DARIAH Funders meeting, Oxford, 9 December 2009

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DARIAH Oxford Peter

  1. 1. DARIAH : Towards a Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities in Europe Peter Doorn Coordinator, Preparing DARIAH project Director, Data Archiving and Networked Services (NL) Funders meeting Oxford, 8 th December, 2009
  2. 2. What am I going to tell you? <ul><li>How the arts and humanities are changing under the influence of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>The implications of the changes for new requirements of research facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Why DARIAH? The science case for a new infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>The time schedule: What are we doing and where are we? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What kind of infrastructure do humanities scholars need?
  4. 4. 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>computer linguistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digital 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>
  5. 5. Collaborative work, eg. in historical research on shipping Bringing together shipping records from all over Europe in projects such as: “Climate of the World Oceans”, “Atlantic Connections”, “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”, etc.
  6. 6. Shipping Routes 1750-1850 (Spain, Netherlands, England, Argenentina) Courtesy of CLIWOC project, KNMI
  7. 7. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  8. 8. European infrastructure challenges <ul><li>In spite of some achievements, existing infrastructures are primarily national... if they are there at all! </li></ul><ul><li>European activities are until now funded on a project basis and carried out as voluntary activities by national partners </li></ul><ul><li>Stable, pan-European research infrastructures for the arts and humanities hardly exist </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing internationalisation of humanities research puts new requirements for such infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>DARIAH is the only ESFRI proposal for the arts and humanities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Science Case for DARIAH <ul><li>Changing research practice in a networked world: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital resources (data & tools) form the laboratory of the scholar in the arts and humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computational technologies and methods of analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources on the web are highly distributed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The scale of research goes up: networked projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European projects have no continuity </li></ul><ul><li>The existing structures are too weak (ad hoc networks, no permanence) and national in scope </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: strong European data infrastructure, providing continuity and support for digital A&H research and access to digital resources </li></ul>
  10. 10. Associate and aspiring Partners <ul><li>14 members in 10 countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany (2), Greece (2), Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia, United Kingdom (3) </li></ul><ul><li>Associate members: Italy, Spain, Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>Aspiring partners: Austria, Switzerland </li></ul><ul><li>Other prospective partners in: Bulgaria , FYROM (Macedonia), Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, Rumania </li></ul>Members Associate Aspiring Prospective
  11. 11. DARIAH consortium in October 2008 and 2009
  12. 12. Preparation Project: Overview of the Work Packages <ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic work </li></ul><ul><li>Financial work </li></ul><ul><li>Governance and logistical work </li></ul><ul><li>Legal work </li></ul><ul><li>Technical reference architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Technical: Conceptual modelling </li></ul>
  13. 13. 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 Q3 2010 DARIAH conference Q1 2011 Start construction DARIAH Financial Commitment? Q4 2009 Funders’ meeting
  14. 14. Relations to other projects and networks
  15. 15. Additional information