DARIAH and CLARIAH at their best
First results of European Registry of Digital Humanities courses
DARIAH stands for Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and the Humanities and is a European Research infrastructure of which the Netherlands is one of the members. The same applies to CLARIN, that however is more focused on expertise and services with regard to language. In the best tradition of the Dutch polder model, in the Netherlands these two key players joined forces, resulting in CLARIAH. Thanks to their generous support, The Erasmus Studio, A Dutch participant in DARIAH, was able to take the lead in the creation of a European Registry of Digital Humanities Courses. This initiative was strongly backed up by managerial, technical and infrastructural development and support from two German DARIAH-members, the university of Cologne and the university of Gottingen.
This Dutch-German alliance resulted in a search environment with a combination of a map of Europe and a database with all relevant information on DH-humanities courses. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in this direction and lecturers who are looking for examples of good practices, can search the database on the basis of topographical location, credits or degrees that are awarded, and keywords from the taxonomy on DH that was developed earlier by DARIAH Germany. As the Dutch/Flemish and Germans took the initiative, most of the data comes from these countries. The registry has been supplemented by a international list of courses, collected in Gottingen, which is however not yet complete. During the coming general meeting of DARIAH in Rome in September the baton will be passed on to France and Austria.
The initial approach to gather data on DH education was to send out a survey to lecturers who had been identified on the website of their faculty. The newest version of the registry offers the possibility to lecturers to add their courses to the registry themselves. They can register at https://dariah.uni-koeln.de after which they will receive an application form that can be completed. After approval by the administrator the course is added to the registry. The problem of information not being up to date after some time is partly covered by making a central person in each country responsible for monitoring the quality of the data. To identify out-dated information a feature has been added that makes a data field turn red if it is not updated after a certain amount of time.
We encourage everyone to browse through the registry, to stimulate students to use it and to add courses to it. Registration: https://dariah.uni-koeln.de/ by clicking on APPLY on the left upper side.