DARIAH Open Open scholarly practices in the arts and humanities

DARIAH endorses the statement from OPERAS in response to the ‘Open Research Library’, a new initiative from Knowledge Unlatched

On 16 May 2019, Knowledge Unlatched announced the launch of a new hosting platform for Open Access books, the Open Research Library (ORL). Since the announcement multiple actor groups involved in the production of open monographs have voiced their concerns about the new platform as it goes against the fundamental principles and values that define open, transparent and community-led scholarly infrastructures. At DARIAH, we believe that the sustainability, optimal coverage, and most importantly the openness of scholarly infrastructural components are key in shaping the future of scholarly communication for the better. Therefore, we would here like to express our endorsement for the statement by our sister infrastructure, OPERAS, in response to the Open Research Library. The full text of their statement can be found below. In support of open infrastructures: A statement from OPERAS in response to the ‘Open Research Library’, a new initiative from Knowledge Unlatched On May 16,...

Open data for humanists: big differences in small steps

In the arts and humanities, digital data production is still expensive, challenging and time-consuming. We all know this, and yet the results of these processes often in the end can’t be reused by other researchers, meaning that we reinvent (or redigitise) the wheel far too often. This resource is aimed at giving practical advice for arts and humanities scholars who are willing to take their first steps in research data management but don’t know where to begin. Our approach to data management views it as a reflective process that exposes and tweaks existing behaviours, rather than one that introduces specific tools. It is intended to encourage awareness of one’s own processes and mindfulness about how they could be more open and how and how small changes across three points in your research workflow can make big differences.

6 innovations from the humanities that make Open Access publishing a reality to everyone

One of the common beliefs that often comes up when discussing research dissemination strategies is that Open Access publishing equals high publishing costs. Shifting the burden of payment from readers to authors (or their funders or institutions) indeed creates a new set of inequalities in open scholarly communication as article or book processing charges (APCs or BPCs) are not affordable for many scholarly communities. This recognition gave rise to more equitable forms of Open Access publishing. These models rely on library consortial funding mechanisms, crowdfunding, freemium services, institutional grants or funders’ collective investments into shared infrastructures and therefore create and maintain publication forums that are openly and freely available both for authors and readers. Some of the most successful free-to-publish Open Access endeavors have been emerging from arts and humanities in response to the particular needs of the humanities scholars concerning publishing formats, academic evaluation, and funding availability. In the...

Open Access Toolkit: DARIAH’s practical recommendations to promote Open Access within the arts and humanities

In this post we bring together recommendations, tools, platforms and other resources that you may find helpful when disseminating you research. All of them are available for everyone, regardless of geographical or disciplinary background, and can be directly and easily included in the publishing workflows of our communities.

Open Access guidelines for the arts and humanities: recommendations by DARIAH

In the recent months, European policymakers and funding bodies made a bold move to set full and and immediate Open Access to scholarly publications the default. Open Access became a critical global issue and thus researchers need to be well-informed about its benefits, pitfalls, but most importantly, about their options to openly disseminate their own research results. In our Open Access guidelines, we propose recommendations to improve Open Access to publications in the arts and humanities. Our core aim is to bring closer the harmonized but transforming European Open Access policy landscape to the communities around DARIAH and recommend very practical steps to achieve compliance with it.

Open Access in the humanities made concrete: highlights from the ‘How to make the most of your publications in the humanities?’ workshop

With all things changing for the open in both research policies and practices, there is a growing demand for support enabling humanities scholars to get open innovation rooted in our everyday research practices. To this end, DARIAH and FOSTER Plus brought together humanities researchers from different fields and at different career stages and Open Science experts with domain-specific knowledge to spend a foggy winter day in Berlin and engage in dialogues about trends, innovations, and present-day challenges in opening up scholarly communication in the humanities. The idea and our main aim were to connect and foster a community based around shared needs and values, good tools, role models and, of course, joint critical thinking about the current options of research dissemination and harmonise them with disciplinary traditions. The morning session gave us a snapshot of the changing landscape of scholarly communication in the humanities including open peer review, the life...

Welcome to DARIAH Open

Open Science is a great enterprise that comes in a variety of flavours. For many, it empowers individuals to become champions of social, cultural and technological innovation, a solution for the global serial crisis and a way for researcher communities to take back control over the dynamics of knowledge creation and dissemination. Also, from another viewpoint, it is a means for intellectuals to become better citizens by opening up their findings to the public and earning wider recognition in their research field. But it can also be thought of a skillset to make the best use of digital technology in the networked 21st century for more efficient, transparent, and reusable scholarship.  Or simply a means to get more funding. Or, for that matter, a scientific paradigm shift that is not always easy to keep up with and translate to one’s own research practices. It can be perceived as a natural...