Researcher positions available in the Knowledge Complexity (K-PLEX) project

Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Free University of Berlin (FUB) and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) are pleased to announce their recruitment of three linked 12-month researcher positions. This team will drive forward the Knowledge Complexity (K-PLEX) project, challenging and informing current conceptualisations of the utility of ‘big data’ in a comparative, multidisciplinary and multisectoral fashion. In this context, the named partner institutions will each appoint a 12-month postdoctoral researcher to pursue the following research topics:
  1. A researcher (50% time) based at FUB (Berlin) will be exploring Data, Knowledge Organisation and Epistemics.
  2. A researcher based at DANS (The Hague) will be investigating Hidden Data and the Historical Record.
  3. A researcher based at TCD (Dublin) will be working toward a new conceptualisation of data.
Full details for each of the positions, including the opening and closing dates for each competition and contact details for application and informal queries, are available at https://kplex-project.com/blog/

DARIAH appoints Jennifer Edmond to Board of Directors

Dr Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director of the TCD Centre for Digital Humanities, has been announced as one of two new members of the Board of Directors of DARIAH-EU – the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (www.dariah.eu).

For DARIAH Jennifer currently serves as one of the two heads of the Virtual Competence Center “Research and Education”. Additionally she represents the consortium in the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), where she supports the European Commission in developing an Open Science Policy.

“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.”

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, Associate Professor for Digital Humanities at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, will take on their new roles from 1 January 2017.

Summer School Course in Digital Humanities Research Infrastructure

PARTHENOS is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission

PARTHENOS is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission

This summer, students at the European Summer Institute in Technology and Culture in Leipzig will have a unique opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of developing digital humanities infrastructure. The course represents the first training materials to be delivered by the PARTHENOS (Pooling Activities Resources and Tools for Heritage eResearch Networking, Optimization and Synergies) project and addresses some of the key skills associated with infrastructures like the PARTHENOS cluster members.

Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director of the TCD Centre for Digital Humanities and Leader of PARTHENOS Work Package 7, says of the course: “Within infrastructure projects, we often focus only on training new users to access and adopt the data and tools within our own environments. What the work of PARTHENOS has revealed, however, is how much deeper we need to go.   Infrastructures need first of all to raise awareness of their place in the wider ecosystem, to answer the question of what infrastructures do and how to access them. For this reason, one component of the course, and of later, more widely accessible PARTHENOS materials, will be explaining in plain language what infrastructures like DARIAH, CLARIN, EHRI, CENDARI, ARIADNE and IPERION CH provide, and how they make a difference in an ecosystem crowded with digital projects, initiatives and tools. But at a higher level, we also need to support ‘infrastructural thinking’, sharing the tacit knowledge these projects have developed through their research, application and practice. Further modules in the course will therefore deal with some of the key and specialised skills an infrastructure manager needs, like communicating with non-traditional audiences, developing broad strategies for user engagement, or envisioning a medium to long-term sustainability strategy that works for your particular user base. In addition, in the course we will dig in to the key relationships that shape infrastructure projects – in particular those between collection holding institutions, computer scientists and humanists – as well as looking at some of the macro-level European policy developments affecting infrastructure development in Europe today, like funding, human resource development, Open Science and Open Data, among others.”

The week-long course is being offered from 25-29 July 2016, and has attracted students from around the world and with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.   The course will be convened by Dr Edmond, but will also feature input from many other PARTHENOS colleagues, including guest lectures by Jenny Oltersdorf, Fachhochschule Potsdam, and PARTHENOS Coordinator, Franco Niccolucci from the PIN Scrl.

Over the course of the next few years, PARTHENOS will build upon the framework established with this early milestone to hone the models and messages and to make the lecture content from the ESU course available more widely and for different audiences, for use in future training schools and for adoption by digital humanities courses and degree programmes.

Dr Jennifer Edmond appointed to the European Open Science Policy Platform

Dr. Jennifer Edmond

Dr. Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director of the TCD Centre for Digital Humanities

Dr Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director of the TCD Centre for Digital Humanities has been appointed as a new member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). She will be acting on behalf of the pan-European Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities (DARIAH). Dr Edmond is one of the two heads of DARIAH’s Virtual Competence Centre “Research and Education”

The OSPP will be instrumental in further developing and implementing a European Open Science Policy. The OSPP is a small, high-level group of experts representing stakeholder perspectives relevant for the development of Open Science policy. Research Commissioner Moedas launched the Open Science Policy Platform on the 27th of May at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels.

Dr Edmond believes that Open Science must take into account the challenges facing those in the Arts and Humanities disciplines:  ‘Open Science cannot develop effectively without a full understanding of its implications across diverse disciplines and sectors of research.’

‘For example, cultural heritage institutions vary widely in their approach to releasing data for research uses and in some cases researchers must make binding commitments not to release the information any further. This is a barrier to Open Science far beyond the control of the individual scholar and one that is presenting significant barriers to the development of research infrastructure and the circulation of knowledge.’

Click here to read an interview with Jennifer, published in the DARIAH newsletter.

Trinity DH Centre Launches

From left to right: Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub; William Sargent, CEO, Framestore; Patrick Prendergast, Provost, TCD; Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director, TCD DH Centre and Owen Conlan, Co-Director, TCD DH Centre

From left to right: Jane Ohlmeyer, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub; William Sargent, CEO, Framestore; Patrick Prendergast, Provost, TCD; Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director, TCD DH Centre and Owen Conlan, Co-Director, TCD DH Centre

The launch of the DH Centre at Trinity College Dublin was an exciting day for all involved. The students and staff who presented projects in the kick-off showcase gave a brilliant representation of the range of DH research under the Centre’s umbrella, and the keynote speech by Sir William Sargent of Framestore was nothing short of inspiring. You can catch a few highlights in the event video, full podcast to follow.

Many thanks to all of our presenters and guests for the fine start to what promises to be an exciting endeavor.

Trinity Library to welcome Jeffrey Schnapp, 19th May 2016

The DH Centre is pleased to be co-hosting a lecture by one of the world’s most prominent figures in the theory and practice of digital libraries and information, Jeffrey Schnapp of Harvard’s metaLAB. For more information, please see the event page here.

Launch of the TCD Centre for Digital Humanities, 22nd April 2016

The Trinity College Dublin Digital Humanities Centre is proud to announce the schedule for its launch event, which will be held on 22nd April 2016.

The event will begin at 3:30PM in the Trinity Long Room Hub with a showcase of DH@TCD projects by students, academic staff and the library. We will then move down to the Neill Lecture theatre for welcome comments by the Director of the Long Room Hub, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, and the TCD Provost, Professor Patrick Prendergast, followed by a keynote lecture by TCD graduate and digital media industry leader, Sir William Sargent, entitled: ‘Building Extraordinary Experiences with Technology, Creativity and Insight.’ The talk will be followed by responses from the DH Centre’s Co-Directors, Professor Owen Conlan and Dr Jennifer Edmond

It will be a great day – RSVP is you want to join us at by Wednesday, 20 April to tlrh@tcd.ie, and watch this space for the podcast.

Day of DH Coffee Morning 2016

Every year, the Digital Humanities community comes together to blog about what a typical DH research does in a day.  This year, the Day of DH falls on Friday 8th April.  In advance of this, the DH team at TCD hosted a ‘Day of DH’ coffee morning on Thurs 7th April.

Day of DH coffee morning 2016

Marta Bustillo from DRIS explains the issues involved with preparing a collection for ingestion into the Digital Repository of Ireland.

As well as giving researchers in TCD the excuse to eat delicious pastries, the coffee morning featured talks from four projects within TCD:

  • Marta Bustillo, DRIS
  • Dr. Stuart Kenny, Research IT, TCD
  • Vicky Garnett, Europeana Cloud
  • Alfredo Maldonaldo, ADAPT

 

PARTHENOS meets in Dublin to Develop Training Plan for DH Infrastructures

The PARTHENOS project is a pan-European infrastructure development cluster, bringing together key projects from across Europe to coordinate policies approaches and services.

Analogue knowledge organisation about digital skills gaps!

Analogue knowledge organisation about digital skills gaps!

Trinity College Dublin leads the project’s investigation of skills development and training needs for the future DH infrastructure user or developer. Toward this end, a group of 9 researcher from across Europe gathered in Dublin this week to come to grips with current state of knowledge, available resources, and gaps in the landscape. the group was pleased to welcome two members of the DARIAH Teach project, which is creating a platform for DH-related digital learning objects, and with whom PARTHENOS looks forward to a rich collaboration

For more information about PARTHENOS, see: http://www.parthenos-project.eu/

CENDARI Project launches

On 14 January 2016, the CENDARI platform was launched in Berlin at the beautiful Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences & Humanities. It was an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the project and share lessons learned over the past four years, for the benefit of other digital infrastructures across Europe.

Dr. Jennifer Edmond at the CENDARI Launch, Jan 2016

Dr. Jennifer Edmond at the CENDARI Launch, Jan 2016

Over 700 people watched online as CENDARI researchers gave live demonstrations of the research platform, introducing the Note-Taking Environment and the Archival Research Guides to an audience of historians and archivists from cultural heritage institutions at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

CENDARI has been led by the team within the Trinity Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin, with Dr. Jennifer Edmond as the Principal Investigator.

What next for CENDARI?

The launch in Berlin was the culmination of the project and an opportunity to publicly present everything that the team learned, as well as products such as the Note-Taking Environment and the Archival Research Guides. While the CENDARI project officially came to an end on the 31st of January, it is hoped that the ethos, networks and communities of CENDARI will live on as a working group under the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH).

After four years, Dr. Jennifer Edmond promised, “We will continue to share the lessons we’ve learned so that other projects and digital infrastructures can benefit from our experience.”