Patricia Alkhoven, Meertens Institute and Arjen van Hessen, Twente University


January 21, 2016. 15.00-17.00 hrs. At the eHumanities group

What can CLARIAH do to improve your research

CLARIAH started one year ago creating a Digital infrastructure for the Humanities

The three focus points are well on their way now and several projects have been defined.

On 22 January, at the CLARIAH-day (in Amersfoort, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, 13-18 hours) we will give you an update on developments, show you the applications and you might even play with some of the tools. You are all invited to the event (please sign up here).

In this presentation we therefor will be brief about update information. Instead we rather show you some issues in CLARIAH, or in Digital Humanities in general, and discuss several topics with you. Your input will be highly appreciated! Without input from researchers we cannot answer the question how we can optimize the use of CLARIAH data and tools after implementation. We would appreciate if you could give us examples from your own experiences in research that we can use in CLARIAH.

During DISH2015, in December, we have spoken on the subject with Cultural Heritage institutions. Now we would very much like to discuss the following questions with you:

A. Tools

1.      Most of you have been involved in the computational humanities project of the eHumanities Group. You are therefor familiar with the (raw) data available to you and some of you developed your own software.
2.      In NWO- projects you are obliged to prepare you data in a way they can be managed and kept after your research. How
3.      Which of the tools you use(d) or even build yourself will be used also by others
4.      How do you make your tools ’travelling’ ?
5.      If they are aimed to be shared further where do you archive/document them?
6.      What role could an infrastructure as CLARIAH play to help to make those more visible, and help their further diffusion?

B. Data

In you projects you probably worked with different types of data.
1.      If you start from your own research and the data you had available for it; and if you would allow to dream about your ‘dream dataset’ how would this dataset look like?
2.      And, what is your view on ‘raw’ data (e.g. unfinished, incomplete, unstructured, unverified/authenticated)? Will you be happy to have at least ‘something’ rather than no data at all?
3.      What kind of enhanced data would you like to use and/or produce?
4.      What role can an infrastructure as CLARIAH play to give access to data (register, navigate through resources)?
5.      Would you expect from an infrastructure project also enhanced, enrich data? If so how?
6.      How can we make sure the enhanced data will be fed back to the original source at within the cultural heritage institution?

C. Courses
1        How did you learn about digital methods?
2        What courses (computer coding, languages, specific tools etc.) would you think are relevant to Digital Humanities researchers?
3        What did you miss in the curriculum sofar? What technical skills do you need to be able to do your research? How about your teachers: are they aware of the newest developments?
4        What courses can CLARIAH organize/coordinate to further knowledge and experience in Digital Humanities?