DESIR (DARIAH-ERIC Sustainability Refined)

The DESIR (DARIAH-ERIC Sustainability Refined) project sets out to strengthen the sustainability of DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and firmly establish it as a long-term leader and partner within arts and humanities communities. By DESIR’s definition, sustainability is an evolving 6-dimensional process, divided into the following challenges:

  • Dissemination: DESIR will organise a series dissemination events, including workshops in the US and Australia, to promote DARIAH tools and services and initiative collaborations.
  • Growth: DESIR sets out to prepare the ground for establishing DARIAH membership in six new countries: the UK, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Israel.
  • Technology: DESIR will widen the DARIAH research infrastructure in three areas, vital for DARIAH’s long-term sustainability:entity-based search, scholarly content management, visualization and text analytic services.
  • Robustness: DESIR will make DARIAH’s organizational structure and governance fit for the future and develop a detailed business plan and marketing strategy.
  • Trust: DESIR will measure the acceptance of DARIAH, especially in new communities, and define mechanisms to support trust and confidence in DARIAH.
  • Education: Through training and teaching DESIR will promote the use of DARIAH tools and services.

The DESIR project is led by the DARIAH-EU and includes 15 partners from 12 countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.) It is 36 month project (from 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019). It is funded as a Coordination and Support Action (INFRADEV-03-2016-2017) under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructure's Programme.

The Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities leads the Dissemination and Innovation work package, were we are responsible for communicating DARIAH services and tools in Europe and globally by organising a series of high profile workshops in Europe (Berlin, Paris), the US (Stanford University, Library of Congress) and Australia (Australian National Data Service).