15-17 Aug 2017 Berlin (Germany)

Digital Humanities – Opportunities and Risks: Connecting Libraries and Research

IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017 in Berlin on August 15 - 17

Hosted by BBAW, DARIAH-EU, DINI, IFLA, LIBER and the Library of the Humboldt University Berlin

Digital Humanities is widely understood to mean the use of computer-aided and data-driven research methods and techniques in both the arts and humanities. Some examples of this are critical editions, lexicographical projects, as well as the historical reception of large-scale collections, whether of visual objects or literary textual corpora. But intrinsic to the digitally-enabled arts and humanities are the holdings and collections offered up to researchers by libraries and other cultural heritage and memory institutions. In addition academic libraries also have an integrating role to play between the researcher, the interested public and the collections not only of libraries, but also of museums and archives especially, where strong regional cooperation or collaborations across borders have been established. Essential to this for this role are services that present appropriately curated digitized materials and provide access to them.

Such materials, as well as researchers’ work based on them, are increasingly available also to a broader public, examples of this are exhibitions of mediaeval manuscripts and early printed books, as well as archaeological or historical showcases. Visitors to cultural heritage institutions are able to interact with such materials, for enjoyment, learning and research. Directly through university outreach and indirectly via collaboration with memory institutions, the digital humanities also enable citizen science. The promise of an increasing convergence of interests between researchers and citizens, based on a shared digital culture, is being fulfilled through the active and mutual partnership between researchers, galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs).

The IFLA Standing Committee “Academic and Research Libraries” (IFLA SC ARL) is the organizer of the satellite meeting together with:

• BBAW - The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin
• DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities in Europe
• DINI - Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerk-Information/German Initiative for Network Information
• LIBER - Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries
• Library of the Humboldt-University Berlin.

The conference take place from August 15 to 17 in Berlin. The both hosting institutions are the Library of the Humboldt-University Berlin and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin.


This three-day international conference will bring together notable cultural heritage, research and infrastructure organizations, as well as acclaimed keynote speakers in the field. The event will explore and discuss the above themes with the aim of enriching and cementing the links between research, the public and memory institutions, further defining the critical role of libraries in the process, supporting open data in the humanities and understanding better how to create new and sophisticated interactions with the digital public.

Therefore we also invite submissions for papers of 20-minutes duration on – but not limited to - the following and related topics:

  • Enrichment of digital documents
  • Research impact through cultural heritage institutions
  • Building networks between GLAMs and universities
  • Citizen Science and the social meaning of collections
  • Assessing the cultural and economic value of GLAMs
  • Digitizing for the Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Community archive building and the researcher
  • The independent scholar and library special collections
  • New forms of academic digital publishing
  • NGOs and GLAMs
  • Improving the citability of humanities data
  • Taking academe to the people: GLAMs as bridges to social research

Initial abstracts of no more than 500 words must be made electronically and sent by the 31st of December 2016 to: info@dariah.eu The reviewing process will be completed in the end of Januar 2017. Abstracts selected must be as presentations submitted until May 1. The camera ready manuscripts should be available by July 1 to publish in an open-access collection. The final versions of presentations should have arrived no later than August 1.

The members of the program committee are Lluis ANGLADA (Catalan Academic Library Consortium), Gerald BEASLY (University of Alberta), Mimi CALTER (Stanford University), Andreas DEGKWITZ (Humboldt University), Janet FLETCHER (Victoria University of Wellington), Jeanette FREY (Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire BCU Lausanne), Kristiina HORMIA-POUTANEN (National Library of Finland), Wolf-Hagen KRAUTH (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin), Leo MA (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Mike MERTENS (DARIAH-EU), Vicki McDONALD (State Library of Queensland), Gerald NEUMANN (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin), Laurent ROMARY (DARIAH-EU), Jan SIMANE (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut).


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