Join DARIAH: anyone with interest in RDM-topics is invited!

15 February 2021

Did you know, that DARIAH-ERIC, the European Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, offers so called Working Groups? As a researcher or data professional you can join these groups and share your knowledge and questions with colleagues across borders.

DARIAH Working Groups are self-organized, transnational, collaborative groups which have their roots in existing communities of practice. They execute activities which are relevant for the DARIAH ERIC. The creation of new DARIAH Working Groups follows the need of communities to foster innovative scholarly practices and to provide the infrastructure to support them. In turn, participation in existing DARIAH Working Groups is a means to consolidate infrastructure and scholarship in certain areas of research, and to create or reinforce the network of expertise inside of DARIAH.

Three examples

Examples of DARIAH working groups are: 

1. Research Data Management

This Working Group engages in a dialogue with the DARIAH communities about research data management and aims to strengthen communities of practice and to showcase how different disciplinary communities can take advantage of open scholarly infrastructure and tools that are available for the DARIAH communities. The WG also aims to build a knowledge hub for new professionals around data management support (data managers, data stewards, Open Science officers, subject librarians etc.) from across the DARIAH national hubs to give them the chance to exchange along the discipline-specific dimension. 

2. Sustainable Publishing of Metadata

The goal of this Working Group is to integrate the experiences from research infrastructures such as EHRI, Europeana, APE and others, as well as with the archival institutions . Via local as well as international initiatives this group wishes to address questions like: what are the archives’ strategic plans and policies for responding to requests for metadata and data from external projects and infrastructures? How can an archive integrate sustainable publishing of metadata (and data) into its existing archival workflows? How does an archive ensure metadata validates against the standards used? Equally, what does an archive need to know from a research infrastructure looking to integrate metadata and especially access to data? 

3. Ethics and Legality in the Digital Arts and Humanities (ELDAH)

Of particular interest and concern to cultural heritage institutions and Humanities scholars are issues of copyright on, provision of and access to digitized material. There is a recognizable political drive in the European Union to facilitate free and public access to cultural heritage and research data in general hosted at publicly funded institutions. However, the lack of legal harmonization and the diverse and often unclear national legislations on the use and provision of resources by public cultural heritage or research and education institutions has been prohibiting a much broader engagement. Focus areas of interest: Privacy (do we trust the researcher? Confidentiality), Ethical issues (attribution and about abuse in research), Scholarly conduct (reviewing, publication), Copyright (Reproduction / Provision / Use) and (Open) Licensing. 


DARIAH-ERIC is the European Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. It is a distributed research infrastructure with its teams displaced in Berlin, Dublin, Paris and Den Haag. DANS has been involved in this infrastructure from its preparation phase and is hosts the Chief Integration Office. The aims of the CIO is to collect in kind contribution from the country members, the management of the Joint Research Committee – which steers the infrastructure toward new research fields and the management of the Working Groups. 

More information

Please visit the DARIAH website for more information or contact Francesca Morselli, Integration Officer of DARIAH-EU and employee of DANS. 

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