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Open data in action

Perspectives on the open data landscape in social science and humanities research

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Open Data in Action – Perspectives on the open data landscape in social science and humanities research

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Join us for our panel event – October 13th 2022, 2pm BST/3pm CEST/9am EDT

How do social science & humanities (SSH) researchers share their data? How does open data in SSH get discovered and reused?

During this event, librarians, publishers, repository managers, and researchers will share how their roles contribute to the current data-sharing landscape for SSH research.

Join us to learn more about the roles of key stakeholders and how they support data sharing in SSH. Understand how different stakeholders collaborate in order to make progress and create a more open SSH research landscape.

Meet the panelists

Sharon Webb

Co-Director, Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex

Ruben Schalk

Subject librarian for history and digital humanities at the Utrecht University Library

Irene Schumm

Head of the [email protected] project, University of Mannheim

Natalie Harrower

Director, Digital Repository of Ireland

Rebecca Grant

Head of data and software publishing, F1000

You can find out more about our speakers in their bios below.

A little bit more about the panel…

Dr Sharon Webb

Sharon is a senior lecturer in digital humanities at the University of Sussex, and a director of the Sussex Humanities Lab. She is also a historian of Irish associational culture and nationalism (eighteenth and nineteenth century) and a digital humanities practitioner. Sharon has a background in requirements/user analysis, digital preservation, digital archiving, text encoding, and data modelling. She also has programming and coding experience and has contributed to the successful development of major national digital infrastructures.
Sharon’s current research interests include community archives and digital preservation (with a special interest in LGBTQI+, feminist and BAME archives). She is also interested in social network analysis (method and theory), feminism and technology, among others. Sharon is principal investigator for the AHRC-IRC funded project, Full Stack Feminism in Digital Humanities, and co-investigator for ‘Women in Focus’ project (led by UEA).

Dr Ruben Schalk

Ruben is a subject specialist in history and digital humanities at Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands. In his contacts with humanities researchers, he deals with issues around research data such as interoperability, accessibility, and publishing data. He does this in such a way that others can actually find and use it. Ruben also experiments with methods to make research data more open. For example, through the use of controlled vocabularies, ontologies, and linked open data infrastructure.

Dr Irene Schumm

Irene joined the Mannheim University Library as a subject librarian after completing her PhD in economics. As data-related questions have risen, Irene initiated several projects to build up the data infrastructure in the library. As a result of this, she became head of the research data center. In 2021, the library, and other research stakeholders, started a project to generate a nation-wide infrastructure for (open) un- and semi-structured data. This was conducted in business, economics, and related areas ([email protected]). The project was funded within the “Research Data Infrastructure” (NFDI) program of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Making data sharing accessible for all…

Dr Natalie Harrower

Natalie is director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), a research centre and digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. She has a master’s in political theory and aesthetics, and a PhD in critical film and theatre studies from the University of Toronto. She lectured in cinema studies and Celtic studies at this latter institution. Natalie is part of the National Archives Advisory Council, the Core Oversight Group of the National Open Research Forum, and the DARIAH Steering Group.

Internationally, she serves on the Federation of European Academies’ (ALLEA) Open Science Taskforce, the Canadian National Committee for CODATA. She has also contributed to taskforces and working groups for the Research Data Alliance. For example, the RDA Council Nominations Committee, Financial Sustainability Taskforce, and the COVID-19 working group. Natalie has also served on a number of expert and advisory groups including the European Commission’s FAIR data expert group, the (first) EOSC FAIR working group, and the OECD expert group on sustainable data repositories.

Dr Rebecca Grant

Dr. Rebecca Grant is head of data & software publishing at F1000, where she supports the development of policy, guidance, and publishing workflows to encourage researchers to share open and FAIR research data. She has a background in data management for the humanities and social sciences and was previously based at the Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. Rebecca is co-chair of the STM Association’s Research Data Program humanities data subgroup, and the Research Data Alliance data policy standardisation and implementation interest group. She is a qualified open data trainer certified by the Open Data Institute. Her doctoral thesis explored the connections between archival theory and research data management practice, using Ireland as a case study.

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