Open Access Week: OpenEdition in Torino on October 22

2011-10-17-102804openaccess_sq_webOn Tuesday, October 22, Pierre Mounier will participate in a study day organized by the Università degli Studi di Torino on the occasion of the International Open Access Week. He will present OpenEdition innovative business model.

Program : Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Prospects and Opportunities

Moderator: Elena Giglia, Head of Open Access projects

14.00 - Welcome speech by Raffaele Caterina, Chairman of the Commissione Ricerca del Senato accademic
14:15 - Welcome speech by Claudio Borio, Director of the Divisione Ricerca, Relazioni Internazionali Biblioteche e Musei
14.30 - Open Edition: innovation and new business models for publishers and readers , Pierre Mounier, Deputy Director of Open Edition
15h00 - Riviste UniMi: the value of Open Access journals, Paola Galimberti , University of Milan
15:30 - Beyond the publication: the Italian experience , Maria Chiara Pievatolo , University of Pisa
16.00 - Academy University Press: a new editor to serve new needs, Armando Lorenzo , Accademia University Press
16:30 - Discussion and conclusions

Practical information
Aula Magna
Campus Luigi Einaudi
Lungo Dora Siena, 100 A
Torino

See the full program in Italian

OpenEdition Freemium for Books: A Sales Offer for Libraries and Institutions

October 30, 2013, OpenEdition launches a new sales offer to distribute 1,000 humanities and social science eBooks from 25 publishers. This offer allows libraries to pursue an acquisitions policy that both encourages the development of open access and respects the needs of teaching, research and learning communities: no DRM or download quotas are applied. A range of advanced associated services make it easy for libraries to integrate the eBooks into their catalogues and bibliographic search tools. Lire la suite

A new collaboration between OAPEN and OpenEdition

OAPEN and OpenEdition, two European projects dedicated to Open Access publishing in the humanities and social sciences, are pleased to announce their collaboration to strengthen Open Access monograph publishing.

Services for Open Access books

OpenEdition is a publishing platform developing a sustainable model for Open Access publishing: OpenEdition Freemium. OAPEN offers deposit and discovery services to Open Access monographs, through the OAPEN Library and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). OAPEN and OpenEdition now work together to provide their members with the benefits of each other’s services. Lire la suite

Horizons for social sciences and humanities : OpenEdition contribution

Vilnius at duskThe 23rd and 24th of september, the lithuanian presidency of the European Council is organizing at Vilnius a conference about the social sciences and humanities in the new "Horizon 2020" research framework. To prepare the conference, a consultation has been set up before the summer, calling for the research community in Europe to send written contributions to the organizers. Serving the research communities in humanities and social sciences for almost 15 years for their digital communication and dissemination needs in open access, OpenEdition proposed the contribution published below.

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Minor forms of academic communication: revamping the relationship between science and society?

On October 14, OpenEdition organizes a panel dedicated to academic blogging in Montréal (Palais des Congrès) during the World Social Science Forum. This year, the forum will deal about "Social transformations and the digital age".

The panel title is “Minor forms of academic communication: revamping the relationship between science and society?

Image by Emmanuel Milou, Creative commons licence.

Image by Emmanuel Milou, Creative commons licence.

First developed by physicists, the open access movement has significantly widened in scope and has been taken up by the European Commission and the G8. If the motivations behind this are essentially to do with innovation, competiveness and the economic efficiency of state investments, open access also introduces a major change in the relationship between science and society. Once citizens have access to the results of social science research, in real time and in their entirety, the whole nature of the relationship between science and society is renewed. However, the debate is focused on the major forms of academic communication: journal articles and books. And yet, in ways almost invisible to the academy, so-called minor forms of academic communication are developing in the interstices, creating a kind of “permanent virtual seminar” and intermeshing with promising heuristic, pedagogic and societal possibilities. Over the last decade, research blogs have embodied a new experience of academic communication, allowing for an experimentation of formats, schedules and interactions that differ from those of the traditional academic process, at both its early and later stages. These blogs dovetail with societal questions, open up new frontiers and step outside the academic ivory tower. From “just-in-time sociology” to probing interpretations of the “Arab Spring”, from analysis of contemporary visual culture to knowledge of contemporary movements such as rap, tattoos and religious conversions, academic blogs place the social sciences at the heart of the society they study. Academic blogs have already found a following. Through this readership a democratisation of access to science is underway. This momentum brings opportunities and reveals new ethical, epistemological and scientific questions.

See also  http://oep.hypotheses.org/319 and http://oep.hypotheses.org/322

For an academic, imparting knowledge revolves around two main activities. As a researcher, an academic must produce articles destined for a very limited readership and adhering to a very rigid process, one that involves severe constraints of time and form. As a teacher, an academic must think of his or her students; he or she must make knowledge accessible and arouse curiosity while also seeking to instil the notion of scientific rigour: outlining hypotheses; identifying the results that may be obtained if these hypotheses are borne out; questioning the validity of the said hypotheses. I will come back to the experience of the Freakonometrics blog, which originated as a response to a pedagogical difficulty and is based on two recent ventures. The first was Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt’s blog (then books), which aimed to explain economic behaviours using surprising and sometimes provocative examples. The second was the recent explosion of “data visualisation”, an offshoot of open data and big data that showed statistics could be elegant as well as informative. The Freakonometrics blog emerged from a desire to explain in very practical terms how econometric modelling works, by providing (or explaining how to find) data and sharing codes with which to produce graphics. This experience provided the opportunity to publish research studies in an unconventional form. If the rigour expected is the same as that of an article submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, the blog format allows authors to include anecdotes and exploit the rich potential of online documents (animations, links, etc.). Blog posts also extend the notion of reproducible research, the idea being not to impress the reader by making him or her think (s)he is reading something groundbreaking (which we all seek to do in an academic article), but instead to instil the idea of do-it-yourself by allowing all readers to reproduce the analysis.

My paper will discuss the creation of a blog on the Hypotheses platform in relation to my position as a “young academic” and drawing on my experience of academic blogging. I would like to put forward the hypothesis that for a young academic, blogging is a means to liberate oneself from the rules of the academic world. It offers unrivalled editorial freedom and potential academic recognition. I would like to show that, in turn, this academic liberation emancipates knowledge itself, allowing it to reach sectors and readerships beyond those originally intended. I also wish to point out the practical aspects of this interplay between the liberation of the young academic and the liberation of knowledge. First, I will show why for a young academic, blogging is a way to liberate (or at least distance) oneself from the rules of the academic establishment. Secondly, I will attempt to show that by freeing themselves from the academic sphere, young academics impart knowledge, skills and qualities that are useful to everyone.

In a context of financial difficulties and waning influence, the social sciences now place more importance on producing authority than producing knowledge. The new tools of digital micro-publication, which compete with traditional publications yet lack institutional legitimacy, have met with strong resistance. The characteristics that make them such formidable tools for research, communication and academic discussion, and for collective and collaborative work in particular, remain largely unrecognised. In the absence of suitable incentives and training programs, use of these tools is developing virally and falls far short of full potential. Will such tools continue to develop as best they can at the sidelines of the academy? While the humanities shun their social responsibilities, academic blogging will remain an art rather than a science.

See also Why blog ?

  • A blind spot? Digital infrastructures for digital publishing, and for academic blogging in particular, Marin Dacos (aka in English, @OpenMarin and in French, @MarinDacos)

After several centuries of development, knowledge technologies today form a highly organised ecosystem, structured around books and journals and with its own clearly identified professions, infrastructures and actors. From publishers to librarians, authors to booksellers, a book industry has emerged and encourages the circulation of ideas. With the rise of the network, these roles are slowly being redefined and new actors are rapidly emerging. The 2006 ACLS report (“Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences”) is one of the first signs of recognition of the need for digital infrastructures. These infrastructures are not simply confined to “noble” publications i.e. books and journals. They also concern the so-called minor forms of academic communication. Yet developing such infrastructures requires much more than simply installing a server under a desk. On the contrary, digital infrastructures necessitate the creation of platforms, which in turn entail the emergence of new teams and new professions – those of digital publishing. These platforms are often developed or bought up by predatory multinationals (for example, Mendeley absorbed by Elsevier). Academic-led alternatives do exist (Zotero for bibliographies, Hypotheses for blogs), yet the academic community has failed to fully recognise the associated opportunities and risks. The academy has every interest in making sure it does not become marginalised within its own infrastructures. The alternative is to reproduce the vagaries of the extraordinarily concentrated global publishing system, which has stripped the research sector of some of its intellectual and budgetary initiative-taking capacities.

See also :  "Scholarly blogs, a space on the side for academic dialogue" by Marin Dacos and Pierre Mounier. Part 1 and Part 2.

Can we reach Open Access in the Humanities and the Social sciences ? (conference, Mexico, September 17th)

Learning lessons from OpenEdition experience (1999 to date). Mexico September 17th 2013. Ciudad universitaria.

Learning lessons from OpenEdition experience (1999 to date). Mexico September 17th 2013. Ciudad universitaria.

The arrival of the web has increased opportunities to democratise access to knowledge. This is particularly the case in the humanities and social sciences, which fulfil a social function in interpreting and understanding societies, their culture, history and sociology. Though the open access movement was pioneered by physicists (ArXiv), the movement now includes the humanities and social sciences through projects relating to journals (Redalyc, Scielo, Revues.org), books (Oapen, OpenEdition Books), open archives (HAL, SSRN) and even blogs (Hypothèses, Culture visuelle). While some commentators denounce open access as a utopia dangerous for the entire publishing system, others argue that it represents a historic opportunity for the humanities and social sciences to position themselves at the vanguard of all disciplines, rather than cultivating a quiet conservatism. Above and beyond these theoretical arguments, however, is the question of how to attain open access. The “green” and “gold” approaches are pitted against one another, though they are in fact complementary. Many commentators propose to shift the onus of payment from post- to pre-production, from reader to author. Others propose alternative solutions such as crowdsourcing or subscription mechanisms. OpenEdition, for its part, provides commercial services while maintaining its content in open access. In all events, a balanced, long-term and economically sound solution will depend on a new alliance between the actors of the scholarly publishing system: publishers, libraries, academics and platforms.

To find out more

http://iloveopenaccess.org/

http://www.openedition.org

About Marin Dacos

Marin Dacos is the founder and the director of OpenEdition. Originally a historian of photography, he taught at Avignon University and the EHESS in Paris for several years before founding Revues.org in 1999. He is now a digital humanities and open access specialist. His projects have been awarded grants several times by major players such as the French Ministry of Research, CNRS, University of Aix-Marseille, EHESS, Fundation Gulbenkian, Google (Google Grant for Digital Humanities for Bilbo). OpenEdition is now a “Facility of Excellence” and funded until 2020. He has published a great many articles on digital history and digital publishing and is the editor of Read/Write Book. Le livre inscriptible (OpenEdition Press, 2010) and the co-author, with Pierre Mounier, of L’édition électronique (La Découverte, 2010).

OpenEdition serves the humanities and social sciences research communities through four publication and information platforms: Revues.org (scientific journals), Calenda, (academic announcements), Hypotheses (research blogs) andOpenEdition Books. OpenEdition is developed by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cleo), a non-profit public initiative promoting open access academic publishing, with the support of the main French research institutions. Since 2011, OpenEdition is complemented by a Freemium programme addressing libraries’ specific needs in a variety of formats and services.

To find out more

http://marin.dacos.org

In English : https://twitter.com/openmarin

In French : https://twitter.com/marindacos

Source : http://www.iib.unam.mx/index.php/actividadesacademicas

OpenEdition is moving!

OpenEdition is expanding. In order to optimize our working environment, we are moving from our current premises on the Saint-Charles campus in Marseille to bigger and better equipped premises at the Château-Gombert technology park in Marseille. The move began this morning, Tuesday 9th July, and will continue until Friday evening.

Our new postal address is as follows:

Le Cléo / OpenEdition
38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie
13451 Marseille Cedex 20

Our telephone numbers, email addresses and the URLs of our sites remain unchanged; our portal will therefore be unaffected. Our premises in Paris and in Portugal are also unaffected by this change.

OpenEdition services will be disrupted this week. We will respond to your requests as soon as the situation has returned to normal.

We can be contacted on +33 (0)4 13 55 03 40 and at contact@openedition.org

Do you want to work for OpenEdition and promote open access? It's time to make us know!

OpenEdition recruits several people with various skills:
- responsable de projets d'édition électronique :
http://leo.hypotheses.org/10527
- développeur open source :
http://leo.hypotheses.org/10703
- chargé de projet OpenEdition Manuscripts
http://leo.hypotheses.org/10573
- in the future, we will also hire a community manager for Hypotheses and
more people with IT, digital publishing, community management and
documentation skills.

Speaking French is mandatory. People native from different languages are
very welcome. These full time jobs are located in Marseilles, France,
without any exception (no teleworking).

Arguments for Open Access to Research Results

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This text was first published on 15 March 2013 in Le Monde by sixty professionals belonging to the community of higher education and research: university presidents, directors of several Maisons des Sciences de l’Homme, publishers, representatives of journals, representatives of university libraries, professors and researchers. The call is open to everyone: engineers, scholars, students, information professionals, librarians, journalists, etc.

In July 2012, the European Commission issued a recommendation on Open Access (i.e. free for the readers) publication of the results of publicly funded scientific research. The Commission believes that such a measure is necessary to increase the visibility of European research before 2020, by gradually suppressing the barriers between readers and scientific papers, after a possible embargo period from six to twelve months. Latin America has been benefiting from this approach for ten years after the development of powerful platforms for Open Access journals. Scielo and Redalyc, which together host almost 2000 journals, have considerably increased their visibility thanks to their Open Access policy: the Brazilian portalScielo now has more traffic than the US-based JSTOR. Such examples show that Open Access changes the balance of power in a world dominated by groups which hold thousands of (mostly English-language) journals: it paves the way to what could be called a real “bibliodiversity”, since it enables the emergence of a plurality of viewpoints, modes of publication, scientific paradigms, and languages.

Some French editors of journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) have expressed their concern with regard to this recommendation, which they saw as a threat to a vulnerable business model. However, a thorough assessment of the sector would be required to provide a true cost-benefit analysis: one should shed light on its funding sources and modes, both direct and indirect, public and private, and determine the roles the various actors play in this field, pinpointing the added value brought about by each of them.

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New research blogs on Hypotheses (July - December 2012)

In English

IRNWC. International Research Network for War Commemoration
http://irnwc.hypotheses.org
SAW ERC Project. Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World
http://sawerc.hypotheses.org
The Dragonfly’s Gaze. Computational approaches to literary text analysis
http://dragonfly.hypotheses.org
The Recipes Project. Food, Magic, Science, and Medicine
http://recipes.hypotheses.org
URBACHINA. Sustainable urbanisation in China
http://urbachina.hypotheses.org

In German

Altgläubige in der Reformation. Die Entstehung ’katholischer’ Zugehörigkeiten im Alten Reich und Frankreich (1517-1540)
http://catholiccultures.hypotheses.org
Annot@tio. Sprachgeschichte und Digital Humanities
http://annotatio.hypotheses.org
Archäologiedigitale. Innovative Forschungen in der Archäologie
http://archdigi.hypotheses.org
Astrologie der Frühen Neuzeit. Beiträge zur Ideengeschichte der Astrologie im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert
http://astrologiefnz.hypotheses.org
Digitales Geschichtslernen. Seminar Blog Geschichtsdidaktik - Kooperation der Universität des Saarlandes und der Universität zu Köln
http://dgl.hypotheses.org
Dresden Summer School 2012. Von der Vitrine zum Web 2.0 - Museen, Bibliotheken und Archive im Digitalen Zeitalter
http://dss.hypotheses.org
Frobenius Forster. Netzwerke gelehrter Mönche. St. Emmeram im Zeitalter der Aufklärung
http://frobeniusforster.hypotheses.org
Geisteswissenschaft als Beruf. Ein Blog der Max-Weber-Stiftung über Karriere, Förderung und Internationalität
http://gab.hypotheses.org
Geisteswissenschaft im Dialog. Gespräch der Geisteswissenschaften - miteinander, mit den anderen Wissenschaften und mit der Öffentlichkeit
http://gid.hypotheses.org
Gerhard Richter Archiv. Vom Sammeln und Forschen in einem Künstlerarchiv
http://gra.hypotheses.org
Hans Sedlmayrs Modernekritik. Hans Sedlmayr’s Critique of Modernity
http://artincrisis.hypotheses.org
Historisch denken | Geschichte machen. Anmerkungen zu Geschichte | Vergangenheit | Geschichtsunterricht | Geschichtsdidaktik
http://historischdenken.hypotheses.org
Konferenzblog 31.1. - 1.2.2013. Rezensieren – Kommentieren – Bloggen: Wie kommuniziert der Geisteswissenschaftler in der digitalen Zukunft?
http://rkb.hypotheses.org
MinusEinsEbene. Ein mittelalterarchäologischer Doktorandenblog
http://minuseinsebene.hypotheses.org
Ordensgeschichte. Ein interdisziplinäres Gemeinschaftsblog zur Geschichte von Klöstern und Orden
http://ordensgeschichte.hypotheses.org

In Spanish

Capaz Norte La Paz. Capacidades, resiliencias y repuestas al cambio de los actores sociales en la última frontera de La Paz
http://capaz.hypotheses.org
Clioscopia. A través del periscopio del Clionauta
http://clioscopia.hypotheses.org
Contextos universitarios mediados. Blog de García Aretio sobre educación universitaria en contextos no presenciales
http://aretio.hypotheses.org
E-pigraphia. Epigrafía en Internet
http://epigraphia.hypotheses.org
El vellocino de oro. Blog de contenido sobre cultura griega y romana
http://vellocinodeoro.hypotheses.org
Estetica modal. Estudios de pensamiento modal aplicados a la estética
http://esteticamodal.hypotheses.org
Reinventar la Antigüedad. Historia cultural de los estudios clásicos en España (1713-1939)
http://clasicos.hypotheses.org

New journals on Revues.org (July - Décember 2012)

Terra Brasilis: history of geography and historical geography

Created in 2000, Terra Brasilis is a journal created by the Brazilian network of the history of geography and historical geography, RedeBrasilis, and published by the University of São Paulo. It is devoted to the history of geography, historical geography, the history of geographical thought, the history of cartography and the history of the teaching of geography, mainly in Brazil and in Latin America. For the opening of the journal’s website, all nine issues of the first series are available online, as well as the inaugural issue of the new series. All articles are available in Open Access and Portuguese is the main publication language.
> http://terrabrasilis.revues.org

RCCS Annual Review: a selection of Portuguese research in the humanities and social sciences

Created in 2009, RCCS Annual Review is an e-journal published by the Centro de Estudos Sociais at the University of Coimbra, Laboratório Associado do MCE. The publication compiles a selection of eight articles published the previous year in Revista Crítica de Ciêncais Sociais. Articles selected are translated into English to promote the results and debates driving Portuguese research in the humanities and social sciences. For the inauguration of the website, the journal is offering its full collection of five issues. All issues are openly accessible online and available for download on PDF and ePub via the OpenEdition Freemium program for libraries.
> http://rccsar.revues.org

History and literature in North-West Europe

The book series Histoire et littérature de l’Europe du Nord-Ouest, created in 1987, now contains fifty books. It publishes conference proceedings and annotated edition of texts about north-western Europe, all periods included. The series is published by the Institut de recherches du Septentrion at the Université de Lille 3 (IRHiS) which also publishes two journals, Apparence(s) and Comptabilité(s), and a research blog on Hypotheses, the Blog de l’IRHiS.
To coincide with the opening of the website, the book series offers nine works in Open Access for all, and available for download on PDF and ePub via the OpenEdition Freemium program for libraries.
> http://hleno.revues.org

Babel, a multilingual journal of comparative literature

Babel. Littératures plurielles is a literary journal from the Babel research laboratory at Toulon university. This comparative and critical journal focuses on a broad range of French-language, English-language, Spanish-language, Italian-language or German-language literature. The journal advocates the study of literature in all its concrete manifestations, and sets out to participate in the renewal of the perspectives and critical methods in literature. To coincide with its inauguration, Babel offers nine issues on its website, covering the last seven years of the Babel-Littératures series. All issues are accessible in Open Access and available for download on PDF and ePub via the OpenEdition Freemium program for libraries.
> http://babel.revues.org

Moussons. Humanities research in Eastern Asia

Created in 1999, Moussons is a comparative and interdisciplinary journal devoted to South-East Asia, its islands and continents, and its Indian and Chinese fringes. The journal covers the full range of the humanities and social sciences, especially anthropology, sociology and contemporary history. The journal, published by Presses universitaires de Provence, has an international peer review committee and publishes in English and French. For the opening of its website, the journal has made available its last three years of publication online—seven issues in all. All articles are in Open Access for all, and available for download on PDF and ePub via the OpenEdition Freemium program for libraries.
> http://moussons.revues.org

Mise au point, a new journal devoted to research into cinema and television

Mise au point is a journal looking at issues of cinematic and audiovisual creation, from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on history, culture, aesthetics, economics, sociology, communication and anthropology. It is produced by the Association française des enseignants et chercheurs en cinéma et audiovisuel (AFECCAV). Created in 2008, the journal has published the two most recent issues on Revues.org, and the full collection will become available shortly. All articles are freely accessible online and available for download in PDF and ePub formats via the OpenEdition Freemium program for libraries.
> http://map.revues.org

Hypotheses training session in London, friday 8th March

OpenEdition and the King's College London will hold a free training session in London this Friday 8th March for those who already have an academic blog and for researchers who wish to join Hypotheses. During one day, participants learn how to set up and customize their academic blog. Furthermore, the session gets onto scientific blog stakes and gives an overview of the practices in this domain, illustrated with several examples.

Schedule:

  • OpenEdition and Hypotheses overviews
  • Opening a blog, first settings
  • Blog’s editorial objects
  • Publishing simple content
  • Advanced settings
  • Publishing complex content (insertion of objects)
This Training session will take place between 10am and 5pm this Friday 8th March

Organisers:

Trainer:

Mélodie Faury, PhD in Information and Communication Sciences; author of the blog Infuse!.

Registration contact:

Martin Clavey: hypotheses@openedition.org

Address:

Seminar room, second floor
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL

OpenEdition Books!

We did it! After Revues.org (1999), Calenda (2000) and Hypothèses (2008), OpenEdition’s fourth platform appeared Wednesday 20th February 2013. OpenEdition Books is the final addition to our comprehensive series of publishing platforms for the humanities and social sciences. The new service is the book distribution platform on the OpenEdition portal, a non-profit-making initiative whose aim is to develop Open Access to research results in the humanities, social sciences and beyond. The service is not an ideological gesture. It is a genuine academic program, in which ideas are seen as seeds that require constant cross-fertilisation to attain their full potential. OpenEdition is run by the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing, the Université d’Aix-Marseille, the EHESS and the Université d’Avignon, and financed by the French national research agency within the framework of their Facilities of Excellence program. Lire la suite

OpenEdition and the international structuring of Open Access

On the importance of international organisations in the structuring of the Open Access movement, as part of reflections on the articulation between academic publishing and Open Access.

The Open Access movement is a recent development in the history of academic publication. It is mainly represented by several international organisations working outside the national institutional scope, enabling issues to be tackled on more suitable scales. Whether associations or networks, these organisations help define the Open Access landscape by debating its issues, laying down directions of evolution, and by influencing public policy. 
To encourage concerted approaches among international acts within collective organisations, OpenEdition is a member of several Open Access associations, especially:

Within the framework of the Budapest conference, we contributed to the  Budapest Open Access Initiative Declaration as well as to its French translation.
 We also took part in discussions have led to the creation of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB);

OpenEdition Books, our future platform dedicated to books, will have a major contribution to make to this directory.
 Many university presses have already joined us, and we have also formed alliances with other university presses deeply involved in Open Access in a number of countries: the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others. We shall be informing you of new additions to the OpenEdition Books catalogue in a few months time.

Read this post in French : http://leo.hypotheses.org/10067

Dariah, coordinating the digital humanities at the European level

The DARIAH logo

The European cyber-infrastructure Dariah (Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities), coordinated by the TGE Adonis in France, is under construction, and OpenEdition is actively involved. The aim of the project is to construct a digital infrastructure that promotes, develops and supports research in all humanities disciplines. Dariah will offer tools and services to facilitate research activity in all dimensions: the collection, analysis, production or conservation of data, in the broadest possible sense. The tools and services will be based on IT and communication technologies and on norms and standards enacted by international organisations such as W3C, the Consortium TEI, etc.

The First Stone

Last October, a first stage was completed when France officially submitted its project to the European Commission. Dariah will be governed as an ERIC, European Research Infrastructure Consortium, and its members will not be institutions but States or international organisations. Dariah-ERIC should officially be created next spring. The project will be co-run by Germany, Holland and France. Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Slovenia are also set to become partners, as well as Italian and Swiss institutions.

A point of reference

To OpenEdition, this type of European level infrastructure is essential. The creation of Dariah demonstrates European awareness of the need to step up development and application of new technologies in the humanities and social sciences. Beyond the provision of huge quantities of data, and new tools and exploitation services for this data, Dariah will also become a point of reference at all levels of the academic community, among researchers, politicians, and libraries.

Read this post in French : http://leo.hypotheses.org/10197