by Stefano Sbarbati

PARTHENOS is a research infrastructure whose objective is to strengthen the cohesion of research across a number of related fields associated with the humanities. This broad sector includes linguistic studies, cultural heritage, history and archaeology and existing research structures such as ARIADNE (archaeology), CLARIN (languages) and DARIAH (arts and humanities) are members of PARTHENOS.

By working together, PARTHENOS will develop common standards, co-ordinate joint activities, harmonize policy definition and implementation and pool services and share solutions to the same problems.

Research is becoming increasingly cross-discipline and digitisation provides great opportunities for researchers to access a much range of data resources. In order to achieve this goal, existing databases and inventories have to identified and linked up and access made easier for individual researchers.

This requires common data standards and development of online services which are already being worked on by the thematic research infrastructures and other organizations. PARTHENOS will work on linking and harmonising this work to create one networked platform.

Digitisation provides both opportunities and also creates a whole host of new but shared issues concerned with, for example:

  • Authentication, authorization and access for users,
  • Data curation policies including long-term preservation, quality criteria and data approval/certification,
  • IPR management, sensitive data and privacy,

Standardization and inter-operability (e.g. Linked Open Data). Solutions can be pooled and enhanced through PARTHENOS through the development of common approaches and tools, interlinking the existing infrastructure services and providing new ones to bridge the gaps.

PARTHENOS is funded by the European Commission under the Community’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, contract no. H2020-INFRADEV-2014-2015/H2020-INFRADEV-1-2014-1. The project started on 1st May 2015 and runs for 48 months.