The electronic acquisition, processing, storing and provision of data, information, text, image and other material sources occupies an important position in the humanities-oriented Academies Programme, and affords great possibilities. Scholars around the globe are able to conduct research within interconnected databanks.
Archaeological or art-historical artefacts and objects can be virtually reconstructed, and affiliated dictionaries of, for example, the development of the German language, offer novel search options. Research findings developed within the framework of the Academies Programme will be easily accessible to the national and international scholarly community, as well as the public. This is made possible through the integration of findings in supranational research infrastructures such as CLARIN and DARIAH. Hereby, the Academies Programme makes an important contribution to the advancement of the Digital Humanities.
Working Group eHumanities
In the working group eHumanities, established under the umbrella of the Union of Academies, experts in informatics, language, literature, law and computational linguistics, as well as scholars from the research projects of the Academies Programme, have engaged in questions of copyright and electronic storage; standards, tools and software; and open access and long-term availability of electronic data. The Union of Academies organises an annual collective workshop on a specialist topic concerning electronic publication.
Working Group NFDI
The Academies of Sciences consider the facilitation of sustainable infrastructures for the provision and preservation of research data to be a matter of urgent necessity. This is especially true in the humanities, where the long-term preservation of existing research data and findings must be insured. The academies see it as their task to engage in discussions concerning the design and structure of a fitting proposal. For this purpose, they initiated an interacademy working group under the umbrella of the Union of Academies.
Digitisation Centre of the Academies and Cooperations
In previous years, institutions have arisen out of the member academies of the Union of Academies that have built up and developed IT solutions in the field of Digital Humanities:
- Digital Academy of the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz
- TELOTA of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
The Academies also cooperate with several leading digitisation centres in Germany:
- The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)
- Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH)
- The Trier Centre for Digital Humanities
Survey and analysis of foundational research in the humanities and social sciences at the European academies of sciences.
Between August 2013 and October 2015, the Union of Academies and the European coalition of academies, All European Academies (ALLEA), lead a project which produced a survey and analysis of foundational research in the humanities and social sciences at the European academies of sciences. A particular focus during the inquiry and evaluation was the digitisation of research projects.
Construction of a European Academy-Portal
Between November 2015 and June 2017, this project pursed the goal of producing a concept for a pan-European digital infrastructure that improves the visibility and locatability of research in the humanities and social sciences and promotes international cooperations. A basic requirement for a future European Academy-Portal for the humanities and social sciences (European Academies Internet Gateway – AGATE) was ascertained and possibilities of integrating existing concepts and solutions for further use and adaptation were examined.