Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit and DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop

27-29 March 2019, Canberra

The Academy’s second annual Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit and third international DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop will be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

An Australia-Europe knowledge exchange, convened by the Academy with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities initiative (DARIAH), this event will explore new horizons for data-driven humanities and arts research, digital cultural collections and research infrastructure.

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Wednesday 27 March


In a series of ‘big ideas’ panels, we will explore new horizons for humanities, arts and culture, research, policy and infrastructure.

9:30 Welcome 

Welcome to Country Tyronne Bell

Welcome to the Summit

Big Ideas panel 1 — Transformations

What are the big challenges and opportunities for data-intensive research over the next ten years? This panel will discuss digital transformations in the humanities and arts, data ethics and sovereignty, and infrastructure with impact.

Address — Platforms for Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Indigenous Research

  • Carolyn Shrives — Branch Manager Research Policy and Programs, Australian Government Department of Education and Training


Big Ideas panel 2 — Intersections

How do we design infrastructure that connects? This panel will discuss  collaborative platforms, partnerships between research and cultural sectors, and libraries as labs.

  • Seb Chan — Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Dr Marie-Louise Ayres  Director General, National Library of Australia

The DARIAH Big Idea

Professor Jennifer Edmond, DARIAH’s President Board of Director, will present on pathways to building sustainable infrastructure over time, future directions for DARIAH and the humanities and arts in Europe and beyond.

Afternoon tea

Big Ideas panel 3 — Skills and Workforce Futures

What skills, knowledges and workforces are needed into the future? This panel will discuss interdisciplines and methods, emerging data practices, and ‘Humanities 4.0’.

17:30 Reception hosted by Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet)

Thursday 28 March


In a series of interactive knowledge exchange sessions, speakers will critically reflect on themes and explore points of intersection and interaction, specifically areas in which we might build fruitful, long-term collaborations. Moderated discussions in each session will identify common opportunities and challenges and seek out joint solutions.

9:00 DARIAH within and beyond Europe: connecting with arts and humanities researchers worldwide

  • Sally Chambers — Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, DARIAH

Overview of Australia: state of play and next five-ten years for digital humanities and arts

Morning tea

Knowledge Exchange session 1 —  Infrastructural challenges for large scale digital text corpora

  • Alison Dellit and Julia Hickie National Library of Australia Trove: Australia’s humanities text corpus
  • Professor Antoine Doucet University of La Rochelle, France
  • Professor Michael Haugh FAHA and Dr Simon Musgrave — University of Queensland, Australian National Corpus — Towards an Australian Language Data Commons: Lessons from the Australian National Corpus
  • Associate Professor Antonija Primorac — University of Rijeka, Croatia Infrastructural Challenges for Large Scale Digital Text Corpora: A View From the European Margins
Knowledge Exchange Session 1 Community Notes


Lightning talks

The Lightning Talk feature of the program consists of a series of 5-minute talks given by selected delegates on current projects and research designed to challenge and inspire.

Afternoon tea

Knowledge Exchange session 2 —  Geohumanities 

Knowledge Exchange Session 2 Community Notes

17:00 Day 2 close

Friday 29 March


9:00 Lightning talks

The Lightning Talk feature of the program consists of a series of 5-minute talks given by selected delegates on current projects and research designed to challenge and inspire.

Knowledge Exchange session 3 —  Audio-visual and new media and gaming

Knowledge Exchange Session 3 Community Notes

Morning tea

Concurrent workshops

The workshop feature of the program is designed for hands-on engagement and roundtable discussion. Delegates can attend their preferred workshop session.

  • Tinker workbench Led by Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (HASS DeVL) team.
  • Libraries as Labs network Led by Sally Chambers, Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, DARIAH


The way forward

In the final session of the program, the convenors will host a discussion on infrastructure, sustainability, and international collaborations – where are we, and where might we go together?

Way Forward Community Notes

15:00 Day 3 close