The Research Data Alliance at DH2016, 11-16 July 2016, Krakow
In July 2016, hundreds of Digital Humanities scholars will convene in Krakow, Poland for DH2016. DH is an international academic conference series which has been held annually since 1990, organised and sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). For the 2016 conference, contributions address social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities, as well as interdisciplinary work and new developments in all field of digital humanities.
RDA has had a formal connection with the ADHO and the DH conferences since 2015, when Bridget Almas, an RDA TAB member and lead software developer for the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University, was announced as a liaison between the two organisations. At DH2015 in Australia, Almas and other RDA members hosted a meeting to discuss a potential relationship between the two organisations, exploring why the digital humanities need shared infrastructure. At RDA Plenary 7 in Paris, Almas met with RDA interest groups and working groups to discuss developments which may be of relevance to Digital Humanities researchers. Updates are also posted on the ADHO website to inform members of RDA’s ongoing work.
At DH2016, RDA will be represented by two sessions. The first is an RDA/ADHO workshop, “Evaluating Research Data Infrastructure Components and Engaging in their Development”, targetting members of the ADHO community who are interested in collaborating with RDA to define, develop, test and adopt infrastructure for supporting the management, preservation and sharing of humanities research data. The workshop aims to allow attendees to review and evaluate the data fabric and infrastructure components being defined by the RDA, to test their relevance and applicability to the needs of the digital humanities community, and to discuss opportunities for engagement in further standards development. The workshop will be highly participatory, and attendees are invited to present their own requirements and discuss the practical implications of adopting RDA’s outputs and solutions.
Complementing the workshop is a panel session chaired by Dr. Natalie Harrower (Digital Repository of Ireland), “Digital data sharing: the opportunities and challenges of opening research”. The panel comprises a number of international speakers, and will introduce attendees to the practices and opportunities associated with humanities research data curation. Digital humanities research outputs bring particular challenges, often incorporating or analysing existing copyrighted material. As international policy moves towards mandated preservation and publication of publicly funded research, it’s important that DH researchers are assisted in identifying, curating and describing their research data. Ingrid Dillo (Data Archiving and Networked Services) will discuss the relevance of particular RDA outputs to DH researchers.
RDA Europe is offering three travel bursaries at €500 each to support participation at the RDA/ADHO Workshop “Evaluating Research Data Infrastructure Components and Engaging in their Development” at DH2016. The purpose of the grants is to encourage participation by individuals based in Europe who have a strong interest in adopting one or more of the RDA EU outputs to enable data sharing by or from their project.
For more information on DH2016, click here: http://dh2016.adho.org/
For details on the RDA/ADHO travel bursary for DH2016, click here: https://rd-alliance.org/rda-europe-travel-grants-participation-dh2016-rdaadho-workshop
Author: Rebecca Grant, Digital Archivist, Digital Repository of Ireland