DARIAH has selected ‘Public Cultural Heritage’ as 2017 annual’ organization theme. The first theme in 2015 was ‘Open Humanities,’ which funded 7 small-scale collaborations in the domain. The second theme in 2016 focussed on “Public Humanities” and funded 7 projects.

We invite proposals from DARIAH Institutions to organise events to explore this Cultural Heritage and Humanities Research theme and related topics. Theme events should examine relationships between researchers and cultural heritage institutions. This call will support DARIAH actions regarding the Data Re-use Charter and could cover technical (formats), editorial (researchers ‘contributions, crowd sourcing, etc.) social and of course legal aspects.

We have earmarked €45,000 for 2017 for the DARIAH Theme and expect to support up to 5 initiatives. Grant holders will be expected to present the results of their work at the DARIAH annual events. They are also required to write an entry (with or without a poster, a quick video, etc.) about their projects on the DARIAH website.

The Theme events could either be a larger conference and/or a series of workshops or more interactive events such as hackathons. We would expect that all theme-related activities involve more than one DARIAH Member and at least one outside organisa

The Theme: Public Cultural Heritage

One of the major issues for scholars working with cultural heritage information is to identify which rights apply to the sources they are working with, in terms of use and above all of re-use when they intend to publish results based on these assets. This issue has become even more complex as various types of cultural heritage surrogates such as photos, 3D models, transcriptions or quantitative information have to be considered.

The aim of the Data Re-Use Charter initiative is to reduce the effort required to negotiate the development of common understandings between Cultural Heritage Institutions and researchers. Researchers should thus have no difficulty finding and understanding information concerning the rights to use and re-use digital culture heritage objects, while cultural heritage institutions should have the ability to easily communicate their policies, thereby  gaining access to a larger user group.

With a minimal framework, set up as an online resource, and a maximal intended impact in terms of access, enrichment and dissemination of digital information originating from cultural heritage institutions, the Charter will be a place where stakeholders will be able to express officially their requirements and commitments to make the exchange of cultural heritage information easier. The content of the Charter will include general Data Re-use principles as well as guidelines regarding formats, licenses, data hosting and redistribution. This should contribute to an increased social impact of cultural heritage data as well as the cooperation between research and infrastructure.

For more information about the initiative, how to participate and deadlines please refer to the website https://dariahtheme2017.sciencesconf.org/