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DARIAH EU and OpenAIRE: Strengthening our collaboration

Jun 20, 2022

Sustaining flagship services from humanities

The OpenAIRE-Nexus consortium and the DARIAH ERIC proudly announce the strengthening of their collaboration by signing a memorandum of understanding to sustain the DARIAH-OpenAIRE Research Community Gateway.   

The DARIAH Gateway is an outcome of the H2020 project OpenAIRE Advance. This project framework allowed OpenAIRE and DARIAH to connect thematic data services provided by national DARIAH members (NAKALA from France and TextGrid from Germany) to the OpenAIRE Research Graph. This way, scholarly content types that are important for the arts and humanities communities (digital critical editions, audiovisual data, encoded documents, image collections etc.) became visible in the biggest publicly owned scholarly discovery system.

Beyond connecting DARIAH services to the OpenAIRE Research Graph, the Gateway serves as a dedicated discovery hub to DARIAH-affiliated research outputs of different kinds as it brings them together from dispersed locations, and makes them searchable along with different facets such as projects, content types or access conditions.

Sustaining flagship project outputs that provide the infrastructural backbone of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) and open data discovery is a priority to both OpenAIRE and DARIAH. These efforts are also key to realise a meaningful European Open Science Cloud for research communities, work that is further undertaken in other projects by DARIAH, such as the SSH Open Cluster, and together with OpenAIRE in EOSC Future.

As a continuation of the ongoing project, OpenAIRE will:

  • Collaborate to ease the activity of disseminating and tracking research outputs of the DARIAH infrastructure, particularly for the arts and humanities community.
  • Support DARIAH infrastructure contents to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable in EOSC.
  • Sustain the operation of the DARIAH-EU gateway realised during the OpenAIRE-Advance project.

DARIAH will:

  • Enhance the uptake, population and use of the DARIAH-OpenAIRE Research Community Gateway, serving as a data discovery hub for DARIAH-affiliated scholarly outputs (papers, books, book chapters, data, software and other outputs such as reports and working papers) across the DARIAH networks and members.
  • Explore possibilities for bringing together content (metadata) from domain-specific repositories operating on national levels.
  • Undertake its configuration and dissemination among DARIAH researchers.

OpenAIRE and DARIAH will continue their collaboration to ensure strategic and technical alignment in the framework of OpenAIRE Gateway community calls.

“The DARIAH-OpenAIRE Research Community Gateway embodies what open science can be when it is truly open, bringing an exciting and fresh technical approach to the representation of research production to a collection of disciplines often left behind in the development of OS tools and services. Infrastructural innovation like this will help us to deliver fully on the potential of research excellence in the disciplines but also through widespread interdisciplinarity, driven by the visibility of different approaches, datasets and researchers.” Dr. Jennifer Edmond, President of the DARIAH Board of Directors.

“We are really happy to work with DARIAH, whose leaders see a true value in Open Science and are nurturing open practices from beginning to end. Our efforts via the disciplinary Gateway portals can only be meaningful if they are used by researchers so we may collectively build shared value added services on top. Such collaborations are crucial to improve the underlying OpenAIRE Research Graph, while  they are a stepping stone in the new research paradigm Open Science brings.” Natalia Manola, OpenAIRE CEO

About DARIAH-EU: The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in August 2014 with the aim to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities. With 20 member countries, 1 Observer country and several Cooperating Partners in Europe and beyond, DARIAH develops, maintains and operates an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices and sustains researchers in using them to build, analyse and interpret digital resources. 

About OpenAIRE-Nexus: The Horizon 2020 OpenAIRE-Nexus project, a consortium of 11 partners, brings in Europe, EOSC and the world a set of services to implement and accelerate Open Science and tools to embed in researchers' workflows, making it easier for them to accept and uptake Open Science practices of openness and FAIRness.

The following resources give an overview and further details of the collaboration between OpenAIRE and DARIAH: