By Karolina Andersdotter, Digital Methods Librarian, Uppsala University Library.
In the end of May 2019 Uppsala University was appointed Cooperating Partner of DARIAH EU. DARIAH stands for Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities and is a pan-european infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods.
DARIAH EU consists of 17 member countries as well as several cooperating partners in eleven non-member countries – including Sweden. Uppsala University is the second Swedish institution to join, following Linneaus University. Together with Linneaus we now aim towards forming a national consortium for infrastructure for a full membership in DARIAH. We are further in conversation with the centres for digital humanities at Umeå, Lund, and Gothenburg Universities.
The initial commitment as cooperating partner is for two years and via the administration of DH Uppsala. Through communication between UU researchers and the DARIAH ERIC Virtual Competence Centres UU aims at knowledge exchange on linked and open collections and data, content management and storage of research data, enhancement of digital scholarly tools, and digital research infrastructures, environments and standards.
Aforementioned points are key issues identified in the current draft of goals and strategies for Uppsala University; this cooperation can help us towards the goals of first class digital research and education infrastructures, open science, and safe and open storage of and access to data.
Knowledge exchange through the VCCs is expected to develop and improve the research support services provided by the university library, thus making an impact for all researchers in need of digital support through the scholarly life cycle.
Read DARIAH’s news post on our partnership here: DARIAH welcomes three new Cooperating Partners (2019-05-31)
A map of DARIAH EU member and cooperating partner countries (source: www.dariah.org)