DARIAH Welcomes Universities from Sweden and the United Kingdom
7 July 2016
DARIAH is delighted to announce that it is now cooperating with four new partners. During its latest meeting DARIAH’s General Assembly (GA) accepted applications from Linnaeus University in Sweden, and the UK universities of Swansea and Glasgow as well as from King’s College London. DARIAH’s CEO Mike Mertens said, «DARIAH seeks to provide new and creative ways to engage with us as a community of scholars and as a portfolio of resources for the digitally-enabled arts and humanities. It is therefore hugely important that we are able to welcome new partners of such commitment and calibre».
Peter Aronsson, Pro-Rector at Linnaeus University (LNU), commented on the decision of DARIAH’s GA: «It’s a unique opportunity for us to collaborate with the most established actors in the field». Aronsson also aims at promoting DARIAH in other Nordic and Baltic countries together with the Danish DIGHUMLAB, which coordinates DARIAH activities in Denmark.
LNU is one of Sweden’s newest higher education institutions. It was formed in 2010 when the University of Kalmar and Växjö University merged, and has today become the sixth largest university in Sweden with 31,000 students in 150 degree programs and 2,500 single-subject courses.
For Swansea University Steve Williams, University Librarian and therefore responsible for the strategic planning and development of the University Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts said, «working with DARIAH will enable us to develop understanding, solutions, and the infrastructure that will sustain and develop our digital adventure in the Arts and Humanities.”
Swansea University offers about 330 undergraduate courses and 120 post-graduate courses to 16,020 students. In its Centre for Excellence on Digital Humanities (CODAH) researchers from many different disciplines come together work with a wide range of partners and national projects such as CHERISH-DE.
Professor Lorna Hughes, Head of Subject at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at Glasgow University commented: “We are pleased to become a UK cooperating member of DARIAH. Together we will approach important questions about the nature and organization of information, cultural and heritage production and consumption in the digital age, and the use of digital sources, methods and tools for re-imagining research in the humanities”.
Glasgow University has more than 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from more than 140 countries worldwide. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
King’s College London is a public research university. King’s has over 27,600 students (including nearly 10,500 postgraduates) from 150 countries and almost 6,800 employees. The university has a distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences, including health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry and social sciences, including international affairs.
Cooperating Partners may access DARIAH resources and significantly have the ability to shape these in working groups, through which Partners can showcase and offer their own expertise within the extensive network of international digital humanities scholars that DARIAH represents. DARIAH currently has ten Cooperating Partners. Apart from the four new ones from Sweden and the UK, there are five universities and one research facility in Switzerland.
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