Last month, the Horizon 2020 DESIR project (DARIAH-ERIC Sustainability Refined) organised its final workshop in Zagreb to present the results of the various Work Packages as well as strategies for DARIAH sustainability beyond the project lifetime. The event was organised alongside the annual face-to-face meeting of the DARIAH General Assembly and was attended by more than 50 people, among them the National Coordinators Committee, members of the General Assembly, project partners and members of the DARIAH-HR consortium.
The presentations followed the key challenges that DESIR had to tackle: the ability to disseminate information and knowledge to users, grow the community of users, augment the offer of services with state-of-the art technologies, ensure the robustness of the governance, gain trust from its users and communities, build access to education and training.
The first day of the event focused on presenting the activities of each Work Package in detail while the second day featured presentations on sustainability, the notion of valuing and sharing knowledge in arts and humanities but also ways of optimising national and European SSH Research Infrastructure investment. Following the event, the General Assembly generated one important outcome of the project by approving Czech Republic as the 19th member of DARIAH.
The rich activities and outcomes of the project were captured in the following presentations:
- Dissemination: DARIAH Beyond Europe events (Sally Chambers, Ghent University)
- Growth: DARIAH Accession Countries (Jakub Szprot, University of Warsaw)
- Technology: Presentation of demonstrators, Code Sprints and EURISE Network (Stefan Buddenbohm, University of Göttingen)
- Robustness: DARIAH Marketplace and DARIAH Helpdesk (Yoann Moranville, DARIAH ERIC) & DARIAH Business Plan (Sally Chambers, Ghent University)
- Trust: Trust in DARIAH (Rosário Jorge, FCSH NOVA)
- Training and Education: Launch of DARIAH-Campus (Toma Tasovac, DARIAH Director, BCDH)
Launch of DARIAH-Campus
During the event, Toma Tasovac, leader of Work Package 7 on Teaching, launched DARIAH-Campus, a discovery framework and hosting platform for DARIAH learning resources. The platform, currently in beta, is a pilot initiative exploring different ways of capturing and consolidating DARIAH learning resources. Users will be able to browse for content through different categories, such as resources, events and pathfinders, while the platform will also host a collection of external learning resources, curated and contextualized by the DARIAH team.
More about the project
DESIR is a 36-month project (1 January 2017 – 31 December 2019), funded as a Coordination and Support Action (INFRADEV-03-2016-2017) under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Coordinated by DARIAH-EU, the DESIR consortium includes 16 partners (the University of Sheffield withdrew the project in February 2019) from 12 countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). The aim of DESIR is to strengthen the sustainability of DARIAH, and firmly establish it as a longterm leader and partner within arts and humanities communities.
You can find pictures from the event in DARIAH’s Flickr album.