Workshop AGATE: Chances and Challenges of a European Academies Internet Gateway

Workshop AGATE: Chances and Challenges of a European Academies Internet Gateway

On 13 June 2016, about 30 experts from European science academies, infrastructure projects in the fields of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and related infrastructures, amongst them representatives of the European Infrastructures DARIAH, CLARIAH(NL)/CLARIN, Europeana, and OpenAire, met at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, to discuss the "Chances and Challenges of a European Internet Gateway for the Social Sciences and Humanities (AGATE)".

The objective of the Kick-Off Workshop was to gather representatives of the most relevant stakeholders to discuss the status quo of digitisation of SSH research at European Academies and share experiences and know-how, identify common chances and challenges of the proposed AGATE, and to pinpoint synergies and concrete indications for future collaboration.

After a short introduction to the project and its objectives, representatives of the Hungarian, Swiss, Croatian and Austrian academy of sciences gave insight into the challenges the digitisation process is posing to their academies' SSH-projects, available solutions and desiderata. There was agreement that the long-term perspective and relevance of this research output pose particular challenges to the sustainability of digital research methods and publication practices. Against this background, the AGATE initiative is considered a welcome opportunity to exchange knowledge and highlight best practices amongst the European academies to develop a joint digital agenda that ensures the leading position of the academies' SSH research during the digital turn.

Presentations of the Morning-Session "The Status Quo of digital research practices and publications at the European Academies Today - Experience Reports" (PDF):


In the afternoon session four experts from Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands discussed fundamental aspects of the proposed AGATE with the workshop participants. The participants agreed that AGATE has to be more than a technical solution. Its relevance lies equally in the support of digital research practices and network-building amongst the academies.

Presentations of the Afternoon-Session "Panel Discussion with Speakers and Workshop Participants: A European Internet Gateway - Chances and Challenges" (PDF):


A second workshop which will take place on 16 January 2017 in Berlin will focus on the mediation of practical information concerning digital research and publication practices, such as standards and good practices, legal issues, and other relevant topics. It will be aimed at researchers, ICT and digital librarian experts, and other interested parties from European Academies. Suggestions can be conveyed to the scientific coordinator of the project, Dr Ulrike Wuttke.


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