DARIAH Newsletter November 2016

This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date. We will inform you on a regular basis about what happens in the DARIAH community.

Jennifer Edmond and Frank Fischer will take on their new roles from 1 January 2017
Two New Directors for DARIAH: General Assembly Appoints Jennifer Edmond and Frank Fischer

Jennifer Edmond and Frank Fischer will succeed Conny Kristel and Tobias Blanke as DARIAH Directors. In its latest meeting the consortium's General Assembly (GA) approved the nomination proposed by a selection committee earlier this month. The Chair of the GA, Jacques Dubucs, who was also part of the committee, described the selection process as inspiring and said, "we had many applications, and they were all ranging from very good to outstanding. Finally two exceptionally good candidates were picked", Jacques concluded.

Growing importance of DARIAH
"I am thrilled to have been named to the Board of Directors of the DARIAH ERIC", Jennifer Edmond commented on her appointment. "Throughout my long involvement with the organisation I have been continually impressed not only by the vibrancy of the community but also by the importance of the work it does. As technology becomes more and more a part of not just science policy but also lived experience, we will only see the importance of DARIAH grow. I look forward to being a part of this development over the coming years, and to helping DARIAH to extend its activities to support an ever widening circle of scholarship."

Distributing technical know-how among digital humanists
Frank Fischer stressed the importance of DARIAH as a technical infrastructure, and also emphasized the community aspect of the DARIAH-ERIC: "I'm very much looking forward to working with my colleagues at DARIAH-EU, which is not only a technical infrastructure, but also a social one. Distributing practical know-how among present and future digital humanists is at the core of DARIAH, and I will seek to actively contribute to that."

This summer Conny Kristel and Tobias Blanke announced they will both leave DARIAH's Board of Directors by the end of 2016. Following a decision of the 5th General Assembly (GA) meeting in May 2016, a call of applications was issued and a committee was formed to select two appropriate names among the candidates, preparing their formal appointment by the 6th GA meeting this November. The selection committee consisted of the President of the Board of Directors, Laurent Romary, the Chair of the GA, Jacques Dubucs, as well as volunteer members of the GA: Ursula Brustmann (AUT, Vice Chair of the GA), Tamara Butigan (RS), Alice Dijkstra (NL), Milena Dobreva (MT) and Chris de Loof (BE).

According to its statutes the DARIAH-ERIC has three part-time directors. Together they are responsible for the day-to-day operations of DARIAH. They consult the Senior Management Team and are supported by the DARIAH-EU Coordination Office. Jennifer Edmond and Frank Fischer will take on their new roles from 1 January 2017. Read more
Institutions from Finland and Norway are now part of DARIAH
New Cooperating Partners: General Assembly Accepts Applications From Finland and Norway

DARIAH is now cooperating with two Universities from Finland and Norway. In its latest meeting DARIAH's General Assembly accepted applications from Helsinki's Aalto University, as well as from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. "We were very happy about the applications", comments DARIAH's director Laurent Romary. "DARIAH strives to involve the Nordic countries more. Hence, it is a great success for us to involve the two universities in our work, both are outstanding partners with a great deal of expertise and large versatile networks". Read more
Call For Papers: DATeCH International Conference
DARIAH's Coordinating Institution in Germany, the Goettingen State and University Library, organises a conference on historical documents in digital form. The DATeCH international conference takes place in Goettingen, 1-2 June, 2017. It brings together researchers and practitioners looking for innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form. Read more
Video, Images and Tweets: A Multimedia Feature of the DARIAH Annual Event 2016

During the DARIAH Annual Event Colleagues from various countries gathered in Ghent to work face-to-face on their projects, to follow inspiring keynote lectures and to take part in a Digital Arts and Humanities Lab. DARIAH-EU produced a short video to give you an impression of the event, which strives to eventually become a scientific conference.

The video is part of a storify that highlights key points of the meeting using social media curation:
DARIAH will regularly release videos in the future. If you don't want to miss them, subscribe to our youtube channel:
It's open, and it's free!
Towards an Open Humanities Data Platform: A DARIAH Report on Open Access Publishing

DARIAH recently released a report on open access publishing of research data in the humanities. It is part of DARIAH's Humanities at Scale project (HaS). As an output of work package 7 the report is a first step in the design process of an Open Humanities Data Platform, which will be the main result of this work package.

The report serves as input for the design and sustainability plan, and will ultimately contribute to creating this platform. The report can be downloaded from the HAL archives: It is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Read more
The HAL archive:
DARIAH uses the HAL archive, which is a French DARIAH contribution, to deposit all DARIAH related research papers and other publications. For an overview of DARIAH publications already available in HAL, please go to
DARIAH and EGI: Agreement on Cloud-Computing Services Signed
The EGI Foundation and the DARIAH Competence Centre (CC) recently signed an agreement, by which DARIAH is granted access to cloud-computing services offered by EGI. On behalf of the DARIAH Competence Centre (CC) Davor Davidovic explains the agreement's essential points in a short interview. Read the interview
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