DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: A Prosopography as Linked Open Data: Some Implications from DPRR

Abstract:  The Digital Prosopography of the Roman Republic (DPRR) project has created a freely available structured prosopography of people from the Roman Republic. As a part of this work the materials that were produced by the project have been made available as Linked Open Data (LOD): translated into RDF, and served through an RDF Server. This article explains what it means to present the material as Linked Open Data by means of working, interactive examples. DPRR didn’t do some of the work which has been conventionally associated with Linked Open Data. However, by considering the two conceptions of the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data as proposed by Tim Berners-Lee one can see how DPRR’s RDF Server fits best into the LOD picture, including how it might serve to facilitate new ways to explore its material. The article gives several examples of ways of exploiting DPRR’s RDF dataset, and other similarly structured materials, to enable new research approaches.

 

What can the humanities do for data science? | The Alan Turing Institute

“The paper outlines recommendations in seven areas across two themes to support, and further, interdisciplinary research in data science and humanities, including:

Research Process 

Methodological frameworks and epistemic cultures: Develop common methodological frameworks/terminology and encourage wider use of shared research protocols in these areas. 
Best practices in the use and evaluation of computational tools: Use practices that ensure transparency and openness in research, and training programmes to help choose the most suitable computational tools in humanities research. 
Reproducible and open research: Promote transparent and reproducible research in the humanities, including data, code, workflows, computational environments, methods, and documentation. …”

Pluto Journals Launches Pilot to Flip its Entire Journal Portfolio to Open Access Using the Subscribe-to-Open Model – Knowledge Unlatched

“Pluto Journals, the social sciences publisher based in London, UK, has announced a pilot to transform its complete journal portfolio of 21 titles to Open Access (OA) from 2021 onwards. The project “Pluto Open Journals” will be realised in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched and supported by the conceivers of the ground-breaking Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model Libraria, a group of anthropologists and other social scientists committed to Open Access. Pluto Journals will be asking those libraries and institutions currently subscribing to any of the journals to renew for 2021 on a S2O basis, thus, contributing to making these journals completely free to readers and authors all over the world. The flip is, furthermore, supported by JSTOR, who will continue to provide the hosting service for the project….”

Support for Repository Certification: Last Chance to Apply | EOSC Portal

“The call launched by the Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) invites applications from Social Science and Humanities repositories interested in receiving support in achieving CoreTrustSeal certification.

SSHOC will create the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and will facilitate access to flexible, scalable research data and related services streamlined to the precise needs of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) community.

The Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud wil also leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH ERICs to foster synergies across disciplines and expedite interdisciplinary research and collaboration. SSHOC will also set up an appropriate governance model for the SSH area of the EOSC, taking into account the specificities of different sub-domains within the two disciplines….”

Support for Repository Certification: Last Chance to Apply | EOSC Portal

“The call launched by the Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) invites applications from Social Science and Humanities repositories interested in receiving support in achieving CoreTrustSeal certification.

SSHOC will create the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and will facilitate access to flexible, scalable research data and related services streamlined to the precise needs of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) community.

The Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud wil also leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH ERICs to foster synergies across disciplines and expedite interdisciplinary research and collaboration. SSHOC will also set up an appropriate governance model for the SSH area of the EOSC, taking into account the specificities of different sub-domains within the two disciplines….”

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Towards a National Collection | Collections United

“Funded by UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, Towards a National Collection is supporting research that breaks down the barriers that exist between the UK’s outstanding cultural heritage collections, with the aim of opening them up to new research opportunities and encouraging the public to explore them in new ways….

Collections United is a social media campaign connecting and highlighting the rich and diverse range of cultural heritage collections across the UK. The aim is to bring together material from more than one collection, telling the stories that connect them, and encouraging the public to do the same….”

NEH Awards $1 Million in CARES Act Grants to University Presses | National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

“The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $1 million in CARES Act economic stabilization grants to ten university presses to help preserve jobs in scholarly publishing and provide for the continued publication of important academic research in the humanities during the pandemic….

Additionally, a grant to Cornell University Press will retain full- and part-time staff positions to complete “Open Access in a Closed World,” an effort to create a permanent and accessible repository for the press’s Open Access materials on the humanities and social sciences….

In separate funding, NEH has made twelve new awards to university presses to publish free ebooks of recent scholarly publications, the first awards under NEH’s Fellowships Open Book Program. …”