The National DARIAH Coordination Office
Switzerland officially joined DARIAH ERIC as Observer on January 1, 2021. Before joining nationally, Switzerland participated in DARIAH through a number of institutions that joined with the status of Cooperating Partners. In November 2020, the General Assembly of the DARIAH ERIC voted unanimously to accept Switzerland’s application for the status of Observer in the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities for a period of three years.
DARIAH’s activities in Switzerland are coordinated by DaSCH, the national data and service center for the humanities. Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, Director of DaSCH is acting as National Coordinator for DARIAH. DaSCH focuses on long-term archiving of qualitative research data and associated digital objects (images, sound, video, etc.) in accordance with the FAIR principles. It operates as a platform for humanities research data, ensures access to this data and promotes the networking of data with other databases (linked open data), to add value for further research and the interested public. It is acting as DARIAH-CH Coordination Office, with Dr. Vera Chiquet coordinating the DARIAH requests for Switzerland.
Background: From Cooperating Partners to Observer Member
The DARIAH-CH consortium was constituted on 21 November 2018; by the Universities of Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Zurich, the EPFL and the SAGW/SAHSS (https://sagw.ch/sagw/netzwerk/internationale-beziehungen/dariah/konsortium-dariah-ch/).
The Consortium DARIAH-CH consisted of the cooperation partnership of individual institutions and seven Swiss universities. The following DARIAH representative constituted the consortium in 2018:
Universität Basel: Data and Service Center for the Humanities DaSCH, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Universität Bern: Institut für Germanistik, Prof. Dr. Michael Stolz, email@example.com
EPFL: Digital Humanities Laboratory, Prof. Dr. Frédéric Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Université de Genève: Service Recherche de l'Université de Genève, Dr. Laure Ognois-Zaugg, email@example.com
Université de Lausanne: Section des sciences du langage et de l'information, Prof. Dr. Michael Piotrowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Université de Neuchâtel: Institut d’archéologie, Prof. Dr. Matthieu Honegger, email@example.com
Universität Zürich: Institut für Computerlinguistik, Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften: Dr. Beat Immenhauser, email@example.com
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics: Digital Humanities +, Dr. Claire Clivaz, firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of the consortium was to establish the national coordination office of DARIAH-CH. With the establishment of the consortium, the scientific community manifests its interest in a national coordination of DARIAH-relevant activities as well as the necessity of a Swiss full membership with a corresponding representation of DARIAH-EU in Switzerland.
DARIAH-EU Theme 2020/2021
Winning project Theme “Arts, Humanities and COVID-19”
The DARIAH Theme is an annual area of focus chosen for investment by the DARIAH Board of Directors. For 2020, DARIAH selected two streams of funding ‘Arts Exchanges’ and ‘Arts, Humanities and COVID-19’.
The DaSCH supports one of the winning teams led by, Sria Chatterjee (IXDM, FHNW, Basel & Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches Institut)
Visualizing the Virus
Seeing, or the inability to see something, is political. As the pandemic progresses, the coronavirus has exploded onto our screens and streets, claiming various kinds of visibility. Visualizing the virus has been both panacea and political tool – depending on who does it – and the processes of visualization are implicated in forms of care as much as they are in political violence, surveillance, xenophobia and institutional racism. Considering viruses as living processes that “often mix with and become part of other processes and hence contribute to a number of outcomes at the same time” (Güttinger and Dupre 2016), this project connects the artistic, scientific and the political through a multi-faceted and participatory study of the ways the coronavirus is visualized. The overall aim of the project is to create an online platform that serves as a repository of images and ideas that allow visitors to make the connections between art, science and politics in the context of Covid19.
DARIAH’s activities in Switzerland are coordinated by the DaSCH
As of January 1, 2021 Switzerland joined DARIAH ERIC as Observer. Before joining nationally, Switzerland participated in DARIAH through a number of institutions that joined with the status of Cooperating Partners. Last November, the General Assembly of the DARIAH ERIC voted unanimously to accept Switzerland’s application for the status of Observer in the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities for a period of three years.
Doctoral Day Digital Humanities in Switzerland, DH-ch and Dariah
To support the network on the doctoral level in Digital Humanities the DH-ch network was established by the universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva and Lugano to promote national exchange in Digital Humanities. In the coming years, the cooperation is to be further expanded and institutionalised. The virtual event is a small launch event to enable PhD students to exchange and present their current work and put it up for discussion.
Programme DHCH from 4 December 2020, Venue: Digital Humanities, University of Bern on Zoom
Welcome by the organisers Vera Chiquet, Peter Fornaro & Tobias Hodel.
Introduction of the SAGW: From DARIAH-CH to DHCH Beat Immenhauser.
Can digital history make narratives of hitherto suppressed minorities visible?
Digital History - an epistemological tool capable of challenging common master narratives. Rachel Huber, University of Lucerne.
Storytelling in Digital Space. New approaches for Digital Curation. Béatrice Gauvain, University of Basel.
Digital Collections of Art. The use of digital technology in the wild, by museums and in the Digital Humanities. Sonja Gasser, University of Bern.
PUBLICATION: Digitale Infrastrukturen in den Geisteswissenschaften Erfahrungen aus den Digitalisierungsprojekten des DaSCH, in: Objekte im Netz, transcript Verlag, 2020. Vera Chiquet und Peter Fornaro, 10.14361/9783839455715.
Virtual Annual Event "Scholarly Primitives"
Twenty years after John Unsworth first formulated scholarly primitives as a set of recursive and interrelated functions that form the foundations of research activities across disciplines, theoretical frameworks or eras, the event will be an opportunity to revisit and freshly interrogate both the notion and the scope of scholarly primitives. To what extent does this particular set of scholarly primitives still correspond to our understanding of what humanities scholars do on a day-to-day basis? Has our understanding of research workflows changed over time significantly enough to require a new classification?
The Book of Abstracts containing all paper and poster submissions, as well as the proposals for the Working Group meetings and Workshops is now available: DARIAH Annual Event 2020: Scholarly Primitives.
e-Version of the Republic of Letters. Sepideh Alassi, Lukas Rosenthaler (autors), https://dariah-ae-2020.sciencesconf.org/309720.
Unus pro omnibus! Generic research tool for all Humanities disciplines. André Kilchenmann, Flavie Laurens (autors), https://dariah-ae-2020.sciencesconf.org/308490.
VRES AND ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS CONFERENCE
ONLINE CONFERENCE – 10-11 Septembre 2020.
Org. Claire Clivaz (DH+, SIB) & Garrick Allen (Dublin University), with Mina Monier & Sara Schulthess (DH+, SIB). SNSF PRIMA MARK16 Project.
This conference is focused on an important challenge in digital humanities: what changes when research on ancient manuscripts occurs in a Virtual Research Environment (VRE), especially in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, New Testament, and Classical Studies? Because they offer access to diverse information regardless of geographical location, VREs continue to define the research landscape of the humanities in more complex ways. They serve as the new “covers” of scientific objects, replacing the paper covers of printed books as signs of knowledge territories. As some have suggested, VREs are likely to become the default location for critical research and other cultural activities in the very near future.
DARIAH-CH Workshop #2 Sharing the experience: Workflows for the Digital Humanities
Building on the dynamic initiated during the 2018 DARIAH workshop, a further event was held in December 2019 at the University of Neuchâtel. Young scholars are invited for this new workshop to present their research in depth and to discuss together methodological, data management and research workflow issues.
The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) and the H2020-funded project DESIR.
The papers resulting from this meeting: https://campus.dariah.eu/resource/dariah-ch-workshop2019.
PUBLICATON: Supporting Sustainable Data Workflows in the Art and Humanities. Beitrag zum Tagungsband DARIAH-CH Sharing the Experience: Workflows for the Digital Humanities an der Universität Neuchâtel 2019. Vera Chiquet, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3754264.
Guidelines “How to Facilitate Cooperation between Humanities Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions”
The “How to Facilitate Cooperation between Humanities Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions” Guidelines are edited by Maciej Maryl and Klaudia Grabowska (Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences). This Publication is the outcome of a hands-on workshop organised in the context of the project ‘Facilitating Cooperation Between Humanities Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions’, jointly proposed by the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Trinity College Dublin and Creative Commons Polska and awarded funding by the DARIAH Theme Grant 2017.
PUBLICATION: How to Facilitate Cooperation between Humanities Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions Guidelines. Warsaw, Poland: Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2019. Vera Chiquet (co-autor), https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2587481.
OPERAS-P H2020 Project
1st July 2019: 2020, OPERAS-P starting: in the H2020 project OPERAS-P, the SIB is a DARIAH LTP partner, https://www.dariah.eu/activities/projects-and-affiliations/operas-p/.
Preparing open access in the european research area through scholarly communication.
OPERAS-P (Preparation) project will support the development of OPERAS, the European Research infrastructure for open access publications in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The project will further the development of the infrastructure in view of achieving the necessary scientific, technical and community maturity. To achieve this goal, OPERAS-P will address the necessary requirements according the Work Programme with three objectives: supporting the ESFRI application, start the implementation of innovative services, and support the expansion of the consortium.
University of Neuchâtel, 29-30th November 2018.
The workshop DARIAH-CH is an important event in the process of adhesion of Switzerland to the European consortium in Digital Humanities DARIAH, organised in the framework of the H2020 project DESIR.
During this workshop, different sessions will offer a platform for Swiss and European protagonists to discuss the main topics related to the development of Digital Humanities.