Building and Developing Collections of Digital Data for Research

Chair: Jean-Phillipe Mague,

Working Group Participants: Bruno Bachimont, Compiègne, FR; Tobias Blanke, London , UK; Lou Burnard, Paris, FR; Malte Dreyer, München, DE; Muriel Foulonneau, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, LU; Maria Guerico, Urbino, IT; Lucie Guibault, Amsterdam, NL; Perla Innocenti, Glasgow, UK; Krister Linden, Helsinki, FI; Nils Pharo, Oslo, NO

The use of ICT methods requires good practice in all stages of the digital life cycle to ensure effective use and re-use of data for research.

This NeDiMAH working group focuses on developing digital data.  Building digital collections of data for research involves consideration of the subsequent use and re-use of these collections, using ICT tools and methods.  This has an impact on the creation, management, and long term sustainability of digital data, and the use of digital resources for the creation and publication of new knowledge is a vital part of the digital life-cycle.  The creation, description, and structuring of digital resources, access to those resources (in terms of authorization and interoperability), their curation and preservation, and the publication of the results they enable, are all part of this process.

Activities of Working Group 4 began with a workshop held in Lyon, france in March 2012.  At Building and Developing Collections of Digital Data for Research, 10 participants from eight countries discussed building collections of digital data, Use of such collections, and the anticipation of their subsequent reuse.  Issues raised at each point of the digital data life cycle were addressed, in particular, the current and future diversity of tools requires consideration of interoperability constraints when describing and structuring the data. The digital infrastructurs required to enable the management, access, curation and long-term preservation of these data has been a focus of the group. 

In January 2013, the working group held a second workshop: Open Digital Humanities: use and reuse of digital data in the Humanities in conjunction with the 8th International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam.  The workshop addressed access and re-use of digital data in the arts and humanities and, more specifically, how to ensure findability of data, how to ensure trust and quality od data, how to ensure interoperability of data and how to ensure preservation of data.  The WG invited 5 speakers (William Kilbride, Laurents Sesink, Joris Pekel, Nuno Freire and Johan Oomen) and selected 2 additional speakers through a call for papers (Dominic Forest and Andreea Popa)


This working group will not run any future events, as its activities are being taken forward in other Working Groups, and its outputs will be published within other Working Group publications plans.


Workgroup Reports

The NeDiMAH project (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities) is a Research Networking Programme that examine the practice of, and evidence for, advanced ICT methods in the arts and hum

The Working group 4 of NeDiMAH focuses on Developing Digital Data.  Building collectiions of data for research involves consideration of the subsequent use, and re-use, of these collections  for re