The DARIAH Virtual Annual Event 2020 was different than any other of our DARIAH Annual Events. Initially scheduled to take place in May in Zagreb, Croatia, the event was postponed to the fall and transformed into an online conference as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moving the event online to accommodate all sessions but also taking into account the challenges of following a 4-days long conference online called for creative solutions. In the end, after brainstorming with the Programme Committee and the DARIAH Coordination Office and considering many different scenarios, we decided to spread the event in weekly sessions from October to December. This format would allow participants to choose the sessions they would like to join without the frustration of having many interesting parallel sessions to choose from that you would normally have in a physical conference.Francesca Morselli, Programme Committee Co-Chair
This year, we were happy to welcome more than 300 registered participants from 40 countries around the world, from Europe, the US, Canada and Latin America, from Africa and Asia. Having so many participants with diverse geographical backgrounds was one of the strengths of organising the event online.
The 2020 Annual Event had a very rich programme of sessions: 15 weekly sessions of Working Group meetings, synergy sessions and workshops, 18 paper presentations, a poster exhibition with 18 posters and 1 demo, 1 keynote by John Unsworth and 2 social events. Workshops, synergy sessions and Working Group meetings were organised from October 7-December 2, on Wednesdays. The papers, plenary session, keynote and social events were held on November 10-13, which was the central week of the event.
Best Poster and Best Paper Awards
Thanks to the generous support by DARIAH-HR, this year we awarded the Best Poster and Best Paper of the conference with a trip to the 2021 DARIAH Days in Zagreb, Croatia, where winners will be invited to present their poster/paper. The Best Paper Award was selected by the Programme Committee of the event while the Best Poster was voted by the public visiting the poster exhibition site during the central week of the event.
The Best Poster Award went to Maurizio Toscano, L. Bocanegra Barbecho, Salvador Ros Muñoz, Elena González-Blanco for their poster ‘Insights on scholarly primitives from Digital Humanities research in Spain‘.
Honorable mentions went to Luise Borek and Canan Hastik for their demo submission ‘TaDiRAH as Linked Open Data’ and to Grzegorz Bryk, Alejandro Benito, Michał Kozak, Cezary Mazurek, Szymon Płaczaszek, Roberto Theron for their poster ‘Supporting Decision-Making in the Entity Normalization Task. On the Example of PROVIDEDH’.
The Best Paper Award went to Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman for their paper ‘3D Scholarly Editions: Scholarly Primitives Reboot’.
Honorable mentions went to Sepideh Alassi and Lukas Rosenthaler for their paper ‘e-Version of the Republic of Letters’, Vicky Dritsou and Maria Ilvanidou for their paper ‘Integrating archival materials for the study of the turbulent Greek 40s’ and to Goran Zlodi for his paper ‘Approaches to Collaborative Multilingual Thesauri Development in Educational Context’.
Listen back to John Unsworth’s keynote from the DARIAH Annual Event 2020
The keynote was recorded on November 10, 2020, during the central week of the Annual Event. John Unsworth is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia and a Professor in the English Department.
Twenty years after John Unsworth first formulated scholarly primitives as a set of recursive and interrelated functions that form the foundations of research activities across disciplines, theoretical frameworks or eras, his keynote is revisiting and freshly interrogating both the notion and the scope of scholarly primitives. To what extent does this particular set of scholarly primitives still correspond to our understanding of what humanities scholars do on a day-to-day basis? Has our understanding of research workflows changed over time significantly enough to require a new classification?
Find out more
Find the slides and presentations from the various sessions of the conference in the Scholarly Primitives – DARIAH Annual Event 2020 Zenodo community.
You can also download the book of abstracts here.