RDA and the Digital Humanities

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25 May 2016 11370 reads

With the development of digital humanities research practice, the humanities domain is producing datasets to rival the volume and complexity of data from the hard sciences. Digital humanities (DH) research combines humanities and social science research methodologies with computational techniques to allow processes such as data mining, text mining, data visualisation, data modeling, data analytics and text encoding. Undertaking computational research requires that DH researchers have the skills to curate and manage their data over time, while addressing challenges such as the reuse of in-copyright material.

In October 2015, the RDA announced that it would begin working with the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), an international group that promotes and supports digital humanities research and teaching, with Bridget Almas (Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University) acting as liaison. 


RDA Working Groups and Interest Groups

Many of RDA’s Working Groups and Interest groups create discipline-agnostic outputs and are equally relevant to the humanities as to the sciences. Groups which may be of particular relevance to digital humanities researchers include: 

If your Working Group or Interest Group may be of relevance to those working in the Digital Humanities, please email enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org to have your group added to this page.



Past RDA Digital Humanities events

DH2016, Krakow, 11-16 July 2016

The RDA was represented at the Digital Humanities conference DH2016 in Krakow with both a panel session and a pre-conference workshop taking place between July 11-16.

Evaluating Research Data Infrastructure Components and Engaging in their Development is a collaborative workshop which has been co-organised by RDA and the ADHO. This one day workshop was aimed at ADHO members who are interested in collaborating with the RDA to define, develop, test and adopt infrastructure for supporting the management, preservation and sharing of humanities research data. More information is available here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdaadho-workshop-evaluating-research-data-in...

Digital data sharing: the opportunities and challenges of opening research was a panel session which brought together a range of experts in research data management, and offered an overview of key themes in research data and research data management for digital humanities, including identifying and preparing data for deposit, repository infrastructures and the services they provide, and the potential benefits of re-using published research data. A representative from RDA provided an overview of the its work and its connection to digital humanities research, providing specific examples of relevant outputs.

RDA Europe provided three travel bursaries of €500 each to support participation in  RDA/ADHO Workshop: Evaluating Research Data Infrastructure Components and Engaging in their Development at DH2016 in Krakow. For more information click here: https://rd-alliance.org/group/digital-humanities-workshops/wiki/rda-euro...

Author: Rebecca Grant, Digital Repository of Ireland’s Digital Archivist