On the 11th of November 2020, the DARIAH General assembly has accepted the file of Switzerland as observer member of DARIAH from the 01.01.21 to the 31.12.23, under the lead of DaSCH (see DaSCH 12th November announcement). This vote requires an adaptation of the DARIAH status, and the final acceptation is now in the hands of the European Commission. Switzerland is indeed the first country to have applied as a DARIAH observer member. This status is conceived to lead to the full membership.
Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler has presented at the DARIAH GA the Swiss membership file, as director of DaSCH, the Data and Service Center for the Humanities. All Swiss institutions working on Digital Humanities can rejoice of this great moment, that follows a first step 2014-2020 during which nine Swiss academic institutions have been DARIAH cooperating partners: EPFL, the Swiss Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, the Universities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Zurich. From the 01.01.21, all the Swiss academic institutions working in DH can be in touch with DaSCH to foster the DARIAH presence in CH, as soon as the European Commission would have confirmed the adaptation of the DARIAH status.
In waiting for the official announcement by DARIAH and DaSCH!
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by Claire Clivaz and Elisa Nury (DH+)
In April 2020, a first Swiss institution has become an OPERAS ordinary member: DH+, member of SIB (Lausanne, CH). In the autumn, two events happened in CH highlightening the contribution of OPERAS to the development of SSH research infrastructures in Europe.
On the 10th of September, two OPERAS lectures have happened online, in the framework of the conference “VREs and Ancient Manuscripts”, organized by the SNSF project MARK16. Suzanne Dumouchel (Huma-Num & OPERAS) and Yoann Moranville (DARIAH-EU & OPERAS) have presented a talk on “Increasing impact of SSH research: Use cases of OPERAS services in the EOSC”. This lecture has been the first information in CH about SSH services put on EOSC: OPERAS Certification Service and the OPERAS Research for Society Service, based on the Hypotheses Platform. The second lecture has been performed by Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra (DARIAH-EU) in the framework of the H2020 project OPERAS-P, WP 6.6: “Rethinking text, techné and tenure- VREs as an evaluation and peer-review challenge in Humanities”. The enquiry about this innovative topic has notably underlined that “only through strengthening evaluative communities around VREs for textual criticism can we eliminate the biggest barrier in the mass adoption of open and digital data sharing”.
On the 22nd of October, Elisa Nury and Claire Clivaz (DH+, SIB) have presented a paper at the Swiss Data Research Day in Geneva and online: “Research Data as a New Model of Scholarly Writing in SSH (H2020 project OPERAS-P)”. The paper has presented preliminary results of the WP 6.5 of OPERAS-P, arguing that the open research data fosters new models of scholarly writing in SSH and requires proper ways of certification. An article is in preparation with six co-authors of the WP 6.5 for the proceedings of the conference. Nury and Clivaz have also presented their primary results at the OPERAS-P workshop organized at the annual DARIAH conference by Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra with Maciej Maryl (IBL PAN) and Jadranka Stojanovski (University of Zadar, Croatia): “Does Communication belong to Scholarly Primitives? Innovations in scholarly communication through the lenses of Digital Humanities”.
As additional news about OPERAS in CH, two Swiss experts have been nominated at its Scientific Advisory Committee: Christine Choirat (Swiss Data Science Center, EPFL & ETH) and Elena Šimukovič (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW). Claire Clivaz had the opportunity to present OPERAS at a twinning of five National Points of Contact on the 28th October, at the invitation of Nicole Wyss (Euresearch-CH). She will also present it at the forthcoming closing online event of the project INE-NIE, on the 27th of November in Basel (CH). In short: OPERAS has started in Switzerland.
DH+ is proud to announce the publication of the PhD of Mina Monier, post-doc, under the lead of Joan E. Taylor, King’s College, London:
Monier, Mina. Temple and Empire: The Context of the Temple Piety of Luke-Acts. Minneapolis: Lexington Fortress Academic, 2020.
Temple and Empire explores the theme of temple piety in Luke-Acts and 1 Clement in historical context. Mina Monier argues that situating both works in Trajanic Rome, and reading them through the lens of Roman imperial ideology explains their peculiarly positive presentation of the Temple as a form of reverence toward ancient worship and ancestral customs that would not offend, but would appeal to traditional Roman sensibilities.
Available on the publisher website.