PARTHENOS had a strong presence at the annual HUMA-NUM meet-up held at Valpré, Lyon from 10th to 13th October 2016. The meeting was attended by around 150 researchers from the various French Social Science and Humanities organisations that HUMA-NUM supports plus several guests from the Research Infrastructures that they are involved with.

In all, there were five presentations (an introduction by Adeline Joffres, HUMA-NUM, two from Sara di Giorgio, ICCU and one each from George Bruseker, FORTH and Reinier de Valk, DANS) plus the project was highlighted by Bente Maegaard in her presentation about CLARIN.

PARTHENOS was represented by Sheena Bassett, PIN, in the poster sessions and the event provided lots of opportunities to network, discover new projects and initiatives and to make new friends – and to brush up on the French language. The PARTEHNOS highlights were:

  •  Adeline Joffres presented the overall PARTHENOS project and the Huma-NUM role, highlighting the four Use Cases that Huma-Num had contributed (as part of WP4).
  • Bente Maegaard talked about the work that WP8 are doing on international liaisons and informed everyone that the contact list will be made available to encourage communication and to widen the network among the research infrastructures.
  • Reinier de Valk presented DANS and the work of WP3, explaining how they had approached the task of identifying common policies and assessing quality of data, metadata and repositories. He showed the matrix that has been developed and informed the audience that this would be available online as a tool to guide end users (who could be managers and policy makers as well as researchers).
  • Sara di Giorgio presented ICCU and their role in supporting the CH institutions in Italy, managing the national infrastructures. PARTHENOS will enable integration of the many datasets and tools already available.
  • In a later presentation, Sara focussed exclusively on PARTHENOS and harmonising polices on IPR, Open Data and Open Access among Research Infrastructures. She described how the user requirements were derived from Use Cases and by using gap analysis, Public Sector Information (PSI) was identified as a key focus. Another area requiring guidance with best practices is legal interoperability in the use of multiple datasets. The Europeana IPR framework is currently being analysed as a common licensing framework enables better interoperability, machine readability and benefits for the end user such as simplified searches.
  • George Bruseker was the final presenter in the Thursday morning session on tools. He talked about the 3M data transformation tool which is being used in PARTHENOS to map to the PARTHENOS data model. The tool consists of four parts – a repository for the mappings, the mapping interface (which is used by CH domain experts), a URI generator (used by a technical expert) and the transformation engine which uses X3ML to perform the data conversions which is currently from XML to RDF. Future features will enable RDF to RDF and reverse (RDF to XML) mappings. He then showed three examples where 3M is being used, these being the British Museum for Research Space, ARIADNE and PARTHENOS. He concluded with a short demo of mapping from the ISIDORE schema to the PARTHENOS entity model.

In all, the high profile of PARTHENOS at the HUMA-NUM meet-up and demonstration of concrete outputs will strongly promote the Research Infrastructure to the French Social Science and Humanities domain.

Sheena Bassett