In early 2019, we launched the second Working Groups (WG) Funding Scheme Call for the year 2019-2020. This scheme, which is dedicated to – and open only for – the DARIAH Working Groups, is intended to support their activities, small-scale projects and innovative ideas to be put forward, implemented or sustained. This year, DARIAH awarded 5 WGs with funding to develop their projects.
“The first round of this funding scheme was welcomed by the WGs as a great initiative for putting forward some of the projects they had in mind, as they normally perform their activities on a voluntary base” says Francesca Morselli, Integration Officer for DARIAH. “For us, at the DARIAH Coordination Office, each funding scheme call is also a very exciting moment, where we get to read interesting project proposals and initiatives from our Working Groups community”.
In the 2019 call, which was launched in early August and was closed at the end of September, we received 14 applications overall. The evaluation of these applications was carried out by two reviewers for each proposal, concluding to a reviewers’ meeting in which the winning proposals were agreed among the whole evaluation committee. In the end, 5 WGs were awarded funding.
The winning projects
1. Everyday experiences and heritage in south European cities: Digital tools and practices – WG Digital Urban Heritage
This project is about the organisation of an intensive hands-on workshop for community building through participatory design and co-creation methodologies which will allow the WG to work with local groups and interested in the topic researchers, and to study, discuss and analyse sites of interest in the city of Palermo (Italy).
Technological developments are changing the way in which 2- and 3-dimensional objects are digitally recorded and published, presenting scholars with new challenges. What methods are most suitable for recording, documentation and presentation? Which file formats should be used? How do we ensure that the flood of data from an increasingly wide range of undertakings are FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable)?
3. Learning Spatial Humanities with dariahTeach – WG GeoHumanities
This project intends to bring members of the DARIAH community with expertise in online learning, geohumanities research and linked open data together for a writing sprint in order to produce a series of learning materials including syllabi, technical tutorials and complete courses.
4. The DARIAH ELDAH consent form wizard – WG ELDAH
Contemporary ethical conception implies that all research conducted on data collected from human subjects, and more specifically all audio, photo or video recordings involving humans must be accepted by the subjects themselves through the procedure of informed consent. In this project, we want to develop a “consent form wizard” which will enable digital scholars and the wider research infrastructure community to quickly and easily obtain a standardized consent form that is based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore legally valid in all of the European Union.
5. Reaching out: Dissemination Strategy and Planning for the DH Course Registry – WG DH Course Registry
The WG DH Course Registry will develop a Dissemination Strategy based on the strategy and channels already established by CLARIN and DARIAH and their national nodes for a more effective communication of the content in the Course Registry. The aim is for a more efficient and resourceful strategy which will benefit from the already existing networks in a planned way to increase the reach of the DH Course Registry and the impact of the WG through these channels and campaigns.
“The richness and diversity of these proposals reflect the diversity of the DARIAH research community, as well as its development, including the increasing collaboration in interdisciplinary and innovative projects.” says Francesca Morselli. “We are looking forward to seeing these ambitious projects realized and shared with the research community at large!”
This funding scheme will run from November 2019 until October 2020. We will be posting more information on their development throughout the year so keep an eye on our news section, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our monthly newsletters.