WP5Two papers written by members of the CLARIAH media studies track have been selected for presentation at the DH2016 conference in Krakow, as part of the workshop organized by the Special Interest Group AudioVisual Data in Digital Humanities (SIG AVinDH).

The workshop, entitled “Audiovisual Data And Digital Scholarship: Towards Multimodal Literacy” will focus on the challenges of analyzing and using audiovisual data in the context of digital humanities scholarship. It is a follow-up to the first edition of the workshop, held at the 2014 DH Conference in Lausanne, when the SIG AVinDH was launched.

Jasmijn Van Gorp and Rosita Kiewik (Utrecht University) will present their paper entitled “What’s Not in the Archive: Teaching Television History in the ‘Digital Humanities’ Era” . They will discuss their newly developed teaching models for the CLARIAH tools and the EUscreen portal. The teaching models are specifically designed to enhance critical reflection on accessibility of audiovisual archives and digital tool criticism.

The other accepted contribution, entitled “A conceptual model for the annotation of audiovisual heritage in a media studies context,” authored by Liliana Melgar (University of Amsterdam), and Jaap Blom, Eva Baaren, Marijn Koolen, and Roeland Ordelman (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), presents a conceptual model of the dimensions involved in the annotation interactions that take place during the different research phases carried on by media scholars during their investigations.


See https://avindhsig.wordpress.com/workshop-2016-krakow/program/ for the full program.


Interview: Jennifer Edmond Now a Member of the Open Science Policy Platform

Jennifer Edmond is one of the two heads of DARIAH's Virtual Competence Center "Research and Education". She works for Trinity College Dublin, where she is the Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities. As a newly appointed member of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) Jennifer supports the European Commission in developing an Open Science Policy.

Jennifer, since the end of May you are a member of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). Please tell us, how exactly does your work in the OSPP looks like?

The OSPP is a small, high-level group of experts representing stakeholder perspectives relevant for the development of Open Science policy.  We are charged with the mission to consult with the Commission and our stakeholder groups, and to shape policy responses to the wide range of issues associated with Open Science.

Why is an open science policy so important for Europe?

Open Science in one of the three guiding principles recently announced by the European Commission as mechanisms to strengthen Europe's competitiveness in science across the disciplines.  By sharing results and resources early, widely and more fluidly, Europe's research system can become not only more efficient, but deeper, more insightful.

How is your role in DARIAH connected to your nomination as a member of the OSPP?

Each member of the OSPP represents the interests of a particular organisation or consortium: in my case that organisation is DARIAH. I think it speaks well for the potential reach and impact of the OSPP that they include not only the large and established players in the research ecosystem, like the universities and the publishers, but also the so-called intermediaries, representing emerging practices and interests, like DARIAH.

How do you think will DARIAH profit from your engagement in the OSPP?

I worry that current trends in the development of Open Science policy are based upon very science-focussed conceptions of research process, research data, research careers, etc.  Through DARIAH's inclusion among the represented organisations, we can bring the humanities perspective as well. This can help DARIAH to keep its own policies at the leading edge within Europe, but also to fulfil its role as a source of support and expertise for the humanities research community.

If you are looking at the upcoming work in the OSPP, what are the biggest challenges?

It's a huge mandate, encompassing the full research process, from citizen science and altmetrics to publishing and research data sharing. Some of the tools and norms needed to realise good practice in these areas are yet to be established: in other cases, significant vested interests may stand in the way of balanced development. It certainly won't be an easy task, but the stakes for the European researcher are high.

Thank you very much, Jennifer.


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The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the International Institute of Social History and the Meertens Institute are research institutes in the humanities that are part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). These institutes closely work together, among others in offering an infrastructure for digital humanities research in the Netherlands. The institutes are going to further strengthen the cooperation in the area of digital humanities in the KNAW Humanities Cluster. In that context, Huygens ING and the Meertens Institute will move to shared accommodation in Amsterdam city centre at the end of 2016. The institutes have relatively large ICT departments and have been active in the area of digital humanities research for some time and in the construction of the requisite infrastructure to do so in projects such as CLARIAH.

With the clustering of the three institutes to form the KNAW Humanities Cluster, a core of researchers will be formed, the Digital Humanities Group, which will be a crystallisation point for the digital humanities research of the cluster. The Digital Humanities Group shall consist of both existing staff members of the three institutes and new employees to be recruited.

For the Digital Humanities Group, we are looking for

Researchers (m/f)


For the KNAW Humanities Cluster, digital humanities is not a research area unto itself, but rather an area that focuses on developing digital methods to support humanities research. These methods will be employed in addition and complementary to existing research methods to further strengthen our research and to achieve ground-breaking results.

Methodologically, we believe that there is a great deal to be expected for our research from developments in three specific areas in particular: text analysis, network analysis and visualisation. We would like to focus on these areas in our joint approach. Additionally, attention will be given to other innovative techniques such as system and data modelling (e.g. Linked Open Data), computational (meta) data analysis, machine learning techniques (e.g. deep learning) and information retrieval. At least one of the researchers to be hired will focus primarily on linguistic text analysis.
For the Digital Humanities Group, we are looking for researchers with an outstanding track record in Digital Humanities. This can be either a humanities researcher with a clear Digital Humanities profile or a computer scientist with demonstrable significant interest in the humanities.

We expect candidates to have:

  • an impressive research CV, including a dissertation, in the area of digital humanities
  • demonstrable affinity and experience on a methodological level and with innovative techniques;
  • demonstrable ability to build a bridge between computational research and humanities, including working together with  both groups of scientists;
  • ability to cooperate in a stimulating and creative manner with other researchers;
  • demonstrable ability to obtain external research subsidies.

Salary and employment

The appointment at the KNAW is 30.4 to 38 hours per week for an indefinite period. Depending on relevant work experience, the salary totals a minimum of €4120 and a maximum of €5,288 (scale 12 CAO of Dutch Universities) for a 38-hour working week.
The Humanities Cluster offers attractive secondary employment conditions, such as an 8.3% year-end bonus, 8% holiday allowance, 6 weeks' holiday annually and the option to purchase/sell leave days.


You can submit your application (cover letter and CV) before 18 July 2016 to , Attn.: Marjoleine Cornelissen (Head of HR IISG), stating in the subject line “DH researchers”.
For more information, please contact Lex Heerma van Voss (Director of Huygens ING) at or by calling +31(0)70–3315800.
You can find information about the three institutes for the Huygens ING at www.huygens.knaw.nl; for the IISG at www.socialhistory.org; and for the Meertens Institute at www.meertens.knaw.nl.

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DARIAH, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, is a pan-European organization, which aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts. DARIAH is formally an ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium and is one of only 29 Landmarks on the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. To date, 17 countries - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia have become Members, while we also have a growing number of Cooperating Partners. DARIAH is therefore both an ambitious and still expanding organization.
We are looking to appoint two part-time members of the Board of Directors from 01 January 2017, who will work closely with the third member, who is the Chair of the Board. The Board of Directors is the executive body of DARIAH and its legal representative, also providing strategic leadership for our activities.

You will be

  • an active researcher with significant experience with the application of digital methods to arts and humanities research.
  • an inspirational and visionary leader, with a proven track record of managing national and international organisations or projects.

Application Procedure

If you wish to apply, please send an email to the DARIAH-EU Coordination Office, including:

  • a 2-3 page CV, outlining your research activities and strategic leadership experience
  • a covering letter in support of your application
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees
  • a 2-3 page document outlining your vision for DARIAH for the next 3 years.

The closing date for applications is: Friday, 29 July 2016.

The appointment of the new members of the Board of Directors is expected by September, to serve from 01 January 2017.

For informal enquiries please contact:

  • Laurent Romary, President of the Board of Directors, DARIAH ERIC
  • Jacques Dubucs, Scientific Director, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and Chair, DARIAH-EU General Assembly:

Further Details

Role and Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is the executive body of the DARIAH ERIC and its legal representative. It is composed normally of three directors, who are appointed by, and accountable, to the General Assembly as the representation of all member states. The DARIAH-EU Coordination Office supports the Board of Directors in its work. Further details about the DARIAH ERIC organisational structure can be found at: http://www.dariah.eu/about/organisation.html

The responsibilities of the Board of Directors are:

To provide leadership for DARIAH ERIC and propose its strategic objectives and directions
To be the legal representative of the DARIAH ERIC signing all contracts, agreements and other binding documents, on behalf of the DARIAH ERIC
To represent DARIAH ERIC before all European, international and national authorities and courts and function as its primary contact
To ensure the availability of adequate financial resources and prepare the budget
To oversee the Internal Rules of Procedure for the day-to-day operation of the DARIAH ERIC
To monitor DARIAH ERIC’s performance in relation to its strategic objectives
To publish the annual report
To supervise the Senior Management Team
To manage and employ members of the DARIAH-EU Coordination Office (DCO)
To appoint the Chair of the Joint Research Committee
To oversee the organisation of the Virtual Competency Centres including approving their creation, amendment or dissolution or appointing the VCC Chairs and associated VCC Heads after consultation with the Senior Management Team

Terms and Conditions

Each director will be appointed initially for a term of up to three years. Up to €50,000 is available per year to fund each director’s contribution to DARIAH for 50% of her or his time. It is anticipated that DARIAH-EU directors will be seconded from their home institution but in exceptional circumstances a direct contract with the DARIAH ERIC can also be considered.
DARIAH-EU Coordination Office, June 2016.
A PDF version of this call can downloaded from the DARIAH-EU Website


In conjunction with COLING 2016 (Japan) there will be a workshop Language Technology Resources and Tools for Digital Humanities

Date 11th to 16th December 2016 Colin2016
Location Osaka, Japan
Url http://coling2016.anlp.jp/

Language resources are increasingly used not only in Language Technology (LT), but also in other subject fields, such as the digital humanities (DH) and in the field of education. Applying LT tools and data for such fields implies new perspectives on these resources regarding domain adaptation, interoperability, technical requirements, documentation, and usability of user interfaces. This workshop will focus on the use of LT tools and data in DH, the discussion will focus on example applications and the type and range of research questions where LT tools can be beneficial.

The full anouncement can be found here on the webpage of CLARIN-D