The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities. It develops, maintains and operates an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices and sustains researchers in using them to build, analyse and interpret digital resources. DARIAH was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in August 2014. Currently, DARIAH has 18 Members and several cooperating partners in eight non-member countries.
Here you will find a growing collection of DARIAH-affiliated research outputs and other documents. The DARIAH Zenodo Community aims to complement the DARIAH collection on HAL repository.
DiMPO is a DARIAH-EU VCC2 Working Group aims at developing and providing an evidence-based, up-to-date, and meaningful account of the emerging information practices, needs and attitudes of arts and humanities researchers in the evolving European digital scholarly environment, for the benefit of the digital humanities research community. It aims to achieve this objective through the inception of a longitudinal mixed methods research and monitoring programme on the information practices and scholarly methods employed in digitally-enabled arts and humanities work across Europe, and through the digital dissemination, validation and enrichment of research outcomes by the scholarly community.
Monitoring digital humanities practices, methods and needs in Europe across countries and in the course of time is an important factor to ensure: a) the quality of the specification, planning and deployment of the DARIAH infrastructure, so that it addresses empirically validated needs and thus maximizes inception by the research community; b) the efficacy of evidence-based policy support, advocacy and outreach work; and, c) the effective dissemination of useful information on digital research methods to the arts and humanities community, contributing to transfer of knowledge and empowerment.
In this community we present abstracts and outcomes of the DARIAH Annual Event 2020 which will take place virtually in the fall.
It has been twenty years since 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. Ever since, these basic scholarly functions -- discovering, annotating, comparing, referring, sampling, illustrating and representing -- have proved to be useful not only for categorizing the fundamentals of knowledge production in the humanities, but also as a framework for conceptualizing Digital Humanities tools which support these processes.
The time is ripe to revisit and freshly interrogate 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? Can we -- and should we -- put our conceptualization of scholarly primitives into a historical perspective as an expression of a particular stage in the development of Digital Humanities? Have scholarly primitives been conceptually robust enough to keep up with the field, which now includes big data, visual analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence? Finally, are scholarly primitives -- and the way we speak of research as we build tools to support it -- free of ideology and bias?
These theoretical questions frame and encapsulate the challenges of building a digital research infrastructure and developing state-of-the art tools that aid humanities scholars in their work. They make us think about whether research infrastructures are capable of supporting each stage of the research process and how we can best assess their scope and effectiveness. They also bring into focus the question of whether the development of new tools and methods is simply changing the practicalities of conducting research, or whether it is also expanding the horizons of knowledge production in the humanities in more fundamental ways. What are the gaps and discontinuities in our understanding of scholarly primitives and, more generally, DH tools and methods that we should address in order to build comprehensive, flexible, dynamic, open and sustainable research infrastructures?
DARIAH is happy to announce John Unsworth as keynote speaker at the Annual Event 2020.
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