The DARIAH Theme
Since 2015, DARIAH-EU’s Board of Directors sets an annual thematic priority, the DARIAH Theme. The idea is to stimulate activities and events related to a topic important to digitally enabled research in the arts and humanities.
DARIAH Theme 2018: “Strategic Service Sustainability for DARIAH”
In 2018, the DARIAH Theme deals with the chronic problem of software and tool sustainability in the digital humanities, while also looking forward to the build phase of the DARIAH Marketplace for data, tools and services. Thus, this year’s focus is ‘Strategic Service Sustainability for DARIAH’.
The aim of this year’s theme is to fund researchers from the DARIAH community who have already built tools or services with a potentially wide long-term usership. This funding should be viewed as a transitional support to ensure a service is functional and accessible and that any development gaps are filled before it is hosted in a stable way by a DARIAH member state.
Examples of eligible costs under this call are:
- Software development, including standardisation, API development or other tweaks required to facilitate long-term hosting
- Travel to negotiate relationships with potential sustainability partners
- Small-scale development studies on usage, development of use cases, or impact assessment, if justified
- Generation of usage-enhancing assets, like a multilingual interface, educational materials or more user-friendly documentation
- Other justifiable costs (by previous agreement with the DARIAH team)
DARIAH Theme 2017: “Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research”
The aim of the Data Re-Use Charter initiative is to reduce the effort required to negotiate the development of common understandings between Cultural Heritage Institutions and researchers. Researchers should thus have no difficulty finding and understanding information concerning the rights to use and re-use digital cultural heritage objects, while cultural heritage institutions should have the ability to easily communicate their policies, thereby gaining access to a larger user group.
With a minimal framework, set up as an online resource, and a maximal intended impact in terms of access, enrichment and dissemination of digital information originating from cultural heritage institutions, the Charter will be a place where stakeholders will be able to express officially their requirements and commitments to make the exchange of cultural heritage information easier. The content of the Charter will include general Data Re-use principles as well as guidelines regarding formats, licenses, data hosting and redistribution. This should contribute to an increased social impact of cultural heritage data as well as the cooperation between research and infrastructure.
In this context, DARIAH further explored the possible expectations of both cultural heritage institutions and researchers in the arts and humanities of what a closer working relationship might look like. The 2017 DARIAH Theme, therefore, sought to bring cultural heritage institutions and researchers together in order to explore a variety of possible issues related to the expression of attribution and licenses, technical formats and recommendations for facilitating re-use, dissemination and hosting, etc. Such events contributed to enriching the data re-use charter itself with additional or more precise features, but also addressed the issues at the heart of the charter without directly engaging with it.
DARIAH Theme 2016: “Public Humanities”
In 2016 the DARIAH Theme was “Public Humanities”, which targeted the impact of DARIAH’s work on the public. DARIAH published a call related to this theme in early 2016 and received ten proposals. Finally, a total of seven initiatives were funded. The “Public Humanities” call built on the previous DARIAH Theme “Open Humanities”. The Theme call defined “Public humanities” as activities of cultural institutions that engage the public with arts and humanities research and thus adds to the public’s well-being. The public refers to the general public or specific organisations such as media or educational institutions, e.g. schools.
DARIAH Theme 2015: “Open Humanities”
The first DARIAH theme was “Open humanities“. The directors decided on making open humanities a priority for DARIAH, because to date arts and humanities data resources are not easily available. In many cases, they are locked away or isolated in many other ways. Most likely, the resources will be owned by different communities and subject to different rights.