In February and April, PARTHENOS conducted a series of very successful webinars on eHumanities and eHeritage topics, which provided a lens through which a more nuanced understanding of the role of Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage research infrastructures in research could be gained. Starting from the researchers’ perspective, the individual webinars focussed on the role of Research Infrastructures in the individual phases of the research life cycle, and on how to engage with Research Infrastructures in general.

The webinar topics ranged from theoretical and practical reflections on digital and analogue research infrastructures; opportunities and challenges of eHumanities and eResearch; finding, working and contributing to Research Infrastructure collections; standards; the FAIR principles; ontologies; tools and Virtual Research Environments (VREs), how to develop research questions, Citizen Science, to new publication and dissemination types. The following webinars were held:

“eHumanities and eHeritage Research Infrastructures: Beyond Tools”
Steven Krauwer (CLARIN) and Dr. Stefan Schmunck (State and University Library Göttingen)

“Boost your eHumanities and eHeritage research with Research Infrastructures”
Prof. Dr. Darja Fiser (University of Ljubljana) and Dr. Ulrike Wuttke (FH Potsdam)

“How to work together successfully with eHumanities and eHeritage research infrastructures: The Devil is in the Details”
Marie Puren (Inria) and Klaus Illmayer (OEAW)

“Make it Happen – Carrying out Research and Analysing Data”
George Bruseker (FORTH), Carlo Meghini (CNR)

“Create Impact with your eHumanities and eHeritage Research”
Dr. Juliane Stiller (Humboldt-University Berlin) and Klaus Thoden, M.A. (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

With the webinar series PARTHENOS training reacted in an innovative way to user wishes for more face to face events as gathered from the community during the revision of the initial PARTHENOS training plan. The choice for webinars – as online live lectures with interactive elements – was motivated by their being cost and time effective and therefore inclusive for trainers and participants alike.

We were able to reach a geographically and disciplinary diverse audience and could welcome participants from all over the world (Germany, Netherlands, East and Middle Europe, North America, Africa, Australia). Although the main target audience were DH researchers and cultural heritage practitioners with little or no familiarity with digital research infrastructures, also many more advanced participants took part in the webinars. Almost all webinars were fully booked (with max. 70 seats available) and reached around 20-50 participants.

As webinars are recently gaining popularity with pan-European endeavours such as PARTHENOS we are currently working on analysing the registration and feedback data thoroughly and Ulrike Wuttke, Rebecca Sierig, and Heike Neuroth will be presenting a paper during DH Benelux 2018 at Amsterdam to share the experiences and lessons learned from the PARTHENOS Webinar Series with the DH community.

The PARTHENOS eHumanities and eHeritage webinar series was a cross PARTHENOS training effort with input and speakers from several PARTHENOS’ Work Packages as well as external experts. It was organised and moderated by Ulrike Wuttke (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) and developed and conducted by PARTHENOS’ partners, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and CLARIN (University Leipzig) as part of the PARTHENOS Training activities led by Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

For anyone who missed some or all of the webinars or for those who would like to revisit them: Wrap ups, slidesets and recordings are available (or coming soon) on a section dedicated to the Webinar Series on the PARTHENOS Training Suite.

Petra Drenth and Ulrike Wuttke