New trends in eHumanities-Supporting open access to research data

Merel Noorman, eHumanities Group (KNAW)


September 11, 2014. 15.00-17.00 at the eHumanities Group

In this presentation, Merel Noorman will present some of the results of the RECODE project ( This project looks at the grand challenges associated with open access and data preservation and dissemination, including technological and infrastructural, legal and ethical, and institutional and policy issues. In particular, it seeks to understand and use the fragmentation between and within disciplines in order to address these challenges. The aim is to produce policy recommendations for open access to research data, based on existing good practice.

Merel will first reflect on some of the key visions and reports that have boosted the open access to research data movement. Against this background, she will then discuss the RECODE project and some of its preliminary recommendations. This presentation is intended to be an interactive session where you are invited to provide feedback on the results and recommendations. We will use the input we get during this workshop to further fine-tune the recommendations and the final RECODE report.

Merel Noorman works at the RECODE project ( She studied artificial intelligence (AI) and science & technology studies (STS) at the University of Amsterdam and Edinburgh University and received her PhD from Maastricht University.

In her dissertation she looked at the social and ethical aspects of artificial agent research and development. Before joining the eHumanites group she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Virginia, where she worked on research project that looked at how responsibility practices take shape as part of the development and use of intelligent computer technologies.

Noorman also worked for three years as an advisor to the Dutch Council for Social Development (Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling), which advises the Dutch Government on social issues.

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