Andrea Scharnhorst will take on her new role in December.
Andrea Scharnhorst is the designated Chief Integration Officer for DARIAH. She will finally be appointed by the Board of Directors in December. This is an outcome of the recent National Coordinators Committee meeting in Vienna. Andrea will succeed Henk Harmsen, who will resign from the position by the end of this month. With Andrea becoming the new CIO the position remains at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands. “I am looking very much forward to this new responsibility and to working even closer with inspiring and innovative DARIAH community. Together with our team here at DANS we will make sure to have a smooth transfer”, Andrea commented on her new position. Support for Andrea will be coming from Francesca Morselli, who had already been working for Henk Harmsen and the DARIAH Coordination Office since early 2016.
Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of Research and Innovation at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and provides services primarily for the social sciences and humanities. Among them are a certified archive for digital research data (EASY), Dataverse, and NARCIS – a portal into Dutch research information.
For DARIAH Andrea currently serves as one of the two heads of the Virtual Competence Center “Scholarly Content Management”, collaborating with Nicolas Larrousse (DARIAH-FR) in this function. As such she is also a member of the consortium’s Joint Research Committee. In Addition Andrea is a board member of CLARIAH, which is the collaborative infrastructure of DARIAH and CLARIN in the Netherlands, where she is responsible for the liaison with DARIAH.
Over the last five years Andrea was the Scientific Coordinator of a programme of the Royal Academy in Digital Humanities, which consisted of four projects, in which Academy institutes and universities collaborated. The group of PhD and postdocs in these projects, together with visiting scholars, were hosted at the eHumanities group under the direction of Professor Sally Wyatt. The experiences of this collaborative research network has led to the eHumanities.nl initiative in which humanities scholars from all Dutch universities for a network of communication, collaboration and support for new practices in the humanities and social sciences.
Andrea started her academic career in physics (Diploma in Statistical Physics) but soon moved to philosophy, where she graduated about modeling science dynamics, including the emergence of new fields. She has been involved in quantitative studies of science, and is editorial board member of the journal Scientometrics. More recently, she has worked about the analysis of evolving systems of knowledge organisation, such as the Universal Decimal Classification system of Paul Otlet or the Wikipedia category systems. She became more involved in visual analytics and is currently chairing a COST Action (TD1210 Knowescape) on this matter. Over the decades, she has been on more than 20 research grants, nationally and internationally funded.