The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) is proud to announce it has signed a Cooperating Partnership agreement with the National Library of Norway in Oslo.
DARIAH is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) whose mission is to empower research communities with digital methods to create, connect and share knowledge about culture and society. In addition to having 20 member states and one observer country, DARIAH has also established a network of cooperating partners in non-member countries.
“It’s an honor to join the ongoing collaboration of European DH innovators,” says Director for Collections and Research Hege Stensrud Høsøien, adding that “the partnership will allow the National Library of Norway to further extend its range of international activities.”
NLN collects published documents of all media types in order to preserve and make them available for research and documentation. It hosts a Digital Humanities Lab and the Norwegian Language Bank, and forms a key part of Norway’s research infrastructure.
Integration with DARIAH
The cooperation with DARIAH will provide NLN with access to data and tools, as well as training and guidance necessary to adopt state-of-the-art computational methods. The cooperation will also promote research on Norwegian cultural heritage sources. The long-term goal is to obtain a national membership in DARIAH together with relevant Norwegian partner institutions.
“We are really excited to see the Norwegian National Library join DARIAH as a Cooperating Partner,” said Edward Gray, DARIAH’s Officer for National Coordination. “Not only is it an important first step in an eventual national Membership for Norway, it also reaffirms DARIAH’s commitment to Cultural Heritage institutions and brings the NLN’s expertise into the ERIC.”
NLN is deeply committed to facilitate research infrastructure that draws on the massive body of digital content made available as a result of its digitization efforts. The research infrastructure comprises access to digital collections of all material types (books, newspapers, journals, manuscripts, pictures, sound, videos, films), metadata, and a pool of tools and methods developed for research purposes. NLN offers the world’s largest open accessible text corpus, comprising approximately 120 billion running words from digitized books, newspapers, and journals.
NLN is currently engaged in several DH related R&D projects with all the main Norwegian universities: The University of Oslo, the University of Bergen, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and Oslo Metropolitan University. NLN also cooperates closely with other important Norwegian GLAM institutions, notably the National Archives of Norway.
For more information on the Cooperating Partners membership in DARIAH, their role, tasks and benefits, have a look at our detailed post here.