Open Library of Humanities, propose that research in the humanities should be open and free to read and re-use, provided that authors are cited. To support this proposal they have established a team who will examine some of the key issue of open access publishing in the humanities. With the ultimate aim to provide a platform for Open Access publishing that is:
- Reputable and respected through rigorous peer review
- Digitally preserved and safely archived in perpetuity
- Open in both monetary and permission terms
- Non-discriminatory (APCs are waiverable)
- Technically innovative in response to the needs of scholars and librarians
- A solution to the serials crisis
JISC News reports that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has "issued the first public appraisal of the Digging into Data Challenge, an international grant programme first funded by JISC, the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the US National Science Foundation and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Their findings are presented in One Culture, along with a series of recommendations for researchers, administrators, scholarly societies, academic publishers, research libraries, and funding agencies. The recommendations are "urgent, pointed, and even disruptive," write the authors. "To address them, we must recognize the impediments of tradition that hinder the contemporary university's ability to adapt to, support, or sustain this emerging research over time."
The Digging into Data Challenge was launched in 2009 to better understand how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Scholars in these disciplines now use massive databases of materials that range from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data such as web searches, sensor data, or cell phone records. The Challenge seeks to discover what new, computationally based research methods might be applied to these sources."
Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), based in the Netherlands, promotes "sustained access to digital research data". DANS actively encourages researchers to archive research data through the online archiving system EASY.
EASY can also be used to deposit research data. Data is stored securely and permanently in a sustainable manner, and made available to other researchers under conditions specified by the depositor. DANS also makes its data management plan publicly available.
Click here to visit the DANS Data Archive.
The Australian National Corpus - AusNC - is a discovery service that collates and provides access to various examples of Australian English Text. Text is sourced from published and unpublished works, transcriptions, audio and audio-visual materials. The mission of AusNC is to "serve as a trusted service to collect, store, and provide access to a wide range of samples of Australian language for use in academic research."
Supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Australian Access Federation (AAF), AusNC provides a single sign-on service via a user's institutional login credentials. AusNC incorporates a number of collections from sources such as Australian Radio Talkback, AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource and the International Corpus of English.
Though still in development AusNC provides core functions to users including:
- the ability to search across collections
- the ability to learn about contributed collections and their custodians
- faceted search and query, word frequency and concordance
- the ability to view processed text with annotations, where available
Two key features are protected access to content mediated by the AAF, and secure storage provided by Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) Data Fabric Service.