DARIAH-EU and the DARIAH Working Groups organise a series of Open Meetings from September to December 2021 with the goal of presenting current work undertaken by different Working Groups and to give them a platform to share future plans and to and start a dialogue for potential future collaborations.
On Thursday November 4, 2021 (10:30-12:00 CET), the Sustainable Publishing of Metadata Working Group will give an update on their development status and the achievements reached during the past year. The working group Sustainable Publishing of Metadata will also introduce its plans for the coming year. The timing, full program and some information about each of the talks can be found here below.
Please keep in mind that in order to participate in the meeting you need to register via Zoom here:
10.30 Introduction WG (Johan Van der Eycken, State Archives Belgium)
The Sustainable Publishing of Metadata Working Group focuses on developments regarding data sharing and interoperability as well as collaboration with other research infrastructures and projects, devoted to collecting and making available all types of (research) data, a field which is in full development.
10.40 Legal aspects of Open Data platforms: ‘the SODHA case’ (Oliver Lenaerts, State Archives Belgium)
In this contribution the legal aspects of Open Data platforms will be discussed by means of ‘the SODHA’ case. SODHA is the federal Belgian data archive for social sciences and the digital humanities. On the website, users can find and deposit social science and digital humanities data in reusable form. Open data is strongly promoted by enabling reuse of research data and by safely preserving datasets in the long term. This comes with some very interesting challenges about Legal Governance Issues that will be discussed during this talk.
10.50 Introducing CLARIAH-VL: Advancing the Open Humanities Service Infrastructure (Tom Gheldof, coordinator CLARIAH-VL/DARIAH-BE)
The CLARIAH-VL Open Humanities Service Infrastructure, funded for at least two years by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), is being developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, digital humanities experts and infrastructural specialists, from the universities of Ghent, Antwerpen, Leuven and Brussels, together with linguists from the Dutch Language Institution (INT). CLARIAH-VL will offer a unique combination of high-quality and user-friendly tools and resources that can be seamlessly embedded into the everyday workflows of humanities researchers, designed to improve the utility, accessibility, reusability, and sustainability of their research processes and data.
11.00 KBR Virtual Lab: a Belgian contribution to DARIAH (Julie Birkholz, KBR)
Belgium’s National Scientific Library- KBR, is responsible for preserving historical & cultural objects and for ensuring & providing access to the public. The proposed Virtual Lab allows KBR to develop an infrastructure to facilitate data-on-demand services for the public and researchers to generate data corpora from available KBR data. This includes the technical & practical development of authentication & authorisation for users, to implement APIs to query & export KBR’s data, with support from BELNET. Providing collections as data affords digital humanities research on cultural heritage collections, allowing us to pose different questions to understand our history. E-infrastructures provide opportunities for facilitating access & use of these collections. The KBR Virtual Lab is a contribution to DARIAH and the open data directive, by developing an infrastructure for Belgian & European researchers to access KBR’s collections as data. This infrastructure will contribute to the establishment of KBR’s Digital Data Strategy (2022-2024) and implement the feasibility studies of data.kbr.be & goals of the Digital Research Lab to facilitate text and data mining on the collections. It also contributes goals in the future Action Plan (2022- 2024) in supporting digitisation and facilitating KBR’s data as FAIR – findable, accessible, interoperable & reusable. The Virtual Lab can be used as a best practice for other federal science organizations in considering how to make collections as data available to users, and integrate data-on-demand services to automate the compiling of data corpora.
11.15 EHRI – Past, present and future (Dorien Styven, Kazene Dossin)
This contribution focuses on the accomplishments of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) during its first and second life cycle phase as well as its plans for the future in becoming an ERIC. Since 2010 EHRI has searched for and discovered ways to connect archival holding institutes which wish to share collection descriptions and metadata with other institutes, researchers and other types of users. Crucial in these attempts are the portal website and the research program created by EHRI. The presentation will illustrate the work done on data exchange by EHRI as well as the learning curve of the consortium, and its plans for the future.
11.30 The EHRI (Mobile) Data Integration Lab: what it is, what it solves and which the challenges are (Herminio García González, EHRI Data integration specialist)
The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) envisages to publish the Holocaust relevant collections meta-data through the EHRI portal in a centralized fashion. Although great effort was done previously to develop tools that could alleviate the process of data integration within the EHRI portal, it is still a hard task that requires some IT knowledge, let alone non-experts users. Therefore, the creation of a data integration lab is seen as a way to help institutions in their data integration endeavors while also establishing more sustainable connections with them. After an overview of the state-of-the-art data integration processes inside the EHRI project, further challenges that the lab will face will be described.
11.45 Plans 2021 & questions