Identifying common services across the Digital Humanities sector and the underlying standards - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

BoF Group name

Identifying common services across the Digital Humanities sector and the underlying standards   

Meeting title

Identifying common services across the Digital Humanities sector and the underlying standards   

Please give a short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

Digital Humanities research initiatives often build upon, annotate and enrich organisations’ data, while building their own digital collections. We help maximise the value of those initiatives by developing services that enable and encourage sharing and reuse. The process of building those services provides a unique opportunity to engage broadly with the community, stimulating communities of practice in digital humanities and identifying further challenges for research support initiatives. Building tools and workflows on international standards and common services is key to making sure they are reuseable and broadly applicable.  

The Australian National Cultures and Community Project is operationalising a national, sustainable and scalable API standard that will allow data (and metadata) sharing and transfer between Australian archives, institutions and research projects (such as Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, The Prosecution Project, Trove (National Library of Australia), Queensland State Archives, and the Atlas of Living Australia). Success in the Open API project will produce a standardised method of accessing archival data, that can be further exploited by other relevant services.  The Australian National Cultures and Community Project is an active initiative funded by the Australian Federal Government under the NCRIS scheme with the aim of making research data more accessible and reusable. The Project has previously updated the RDA on its progress at the 9th RDA Plenary in Barcelona.

As a result of this work a number of  challenges have been identified the are worthy of further discussion at the Plenary to address problems at the national level to develop long term sustainable solutions/services (i.e. not project based solutions). The goal of hold a BOF is to have a discussion amongst the broader international community to address the potential for leveraging activities of other Working/Interest Groups and to draw out common community problems. In particular in Australia we are interested in activities and approaches around:

  1. Identifying common services, workflows and standards used across the sector and the current gaps that might be a focus of an existing or potential IG or WG.

  2. Define a framework to develop a list of services, standards, international data stores

  3. Identify examples of support, training and skills development available

  4. Identify opportunities for future international collaboration

Please provide additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. Case statements, working documents etc *

  1. The Prosecution Project works collaboratively with archival institutions such as the Queensland State Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office to enable better access to archival data related to criminal trials in Australia. Find the Case Study (Conference Paper) here

  2. Cultures and Community Project Poster prepared for the 9th RDA Plenary meeting in Barcelona

Please list the meeting objectives *

  1. Identifying common services, workflows and standards used across the sector and the current gaps that might be a focus of an existing or potentially new IG or WG with specific interest in:

    1. A Name Entity Recognition workflow (NER) and service  

    2. A connection to a Unique Names Index (UNI) service

    3. A Persistent Identifiers (DOI/URI) linked data  

    4. An Acknowledgements (Citations) solution for contributions.

  2. Defining a framework to develop a list of services, standards, international data stores

  3. Identify examples of support, training and skills development available

  4. Identify opportunities for future international collaboration

Meeting agenda *

  • Scene setting presentation

  • Facilitated 3-5 targeted case studies with discussion of common services, workflows and standards and identification of gaps

  • Summary and next steps

Audience: Please specify who is your target audience and how they should prepare for the meeting *

  • Archivists and other GLAM sector staff

  • Digital Humanities researchers

  • Data managers

  • Training and support staff

  • Librarians

 

No preparation required, just enthusiasm for the topic!

Group chair serving as contact person  Sarah Nisbet

Session Room: Mansfield 6

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30

Collaborative session notes:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14NU73x2QIejEmzxZLQejjU4YaUZkiT1yteuF...

 

Session slides and materials: