The conference Facing the Future: European Research Infrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences, initiated by the Social and Cultural Innovation Strategy Working Group of ESFRI and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and hosted by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and the German Data Forum (RatSWD), invites humanities and social science experts, policy makers, and scientific research infrastructure coordinators to engage in a productive exchange of ideas for a roadmap to strengthen humanities and social sciences alike.
The aim of the conference is to identify and discuss relevant topics - e.g. possible ways of getting countries more involved in the current roadmap and the importance of "big data" across different domains - and to highlight opportunities for an excellent research environment as a foundation for innovative research today and in the future.
Day 1 (21st November 2013)
12.00 - 12.30
Arrival and Registration
12.30 - 13.00
Welcome and Introduction
- Dietrich Nelle
Head of the Directorate "Research Organizations" at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Adrian Dusa
Chairperson of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Strategy Working Group on "Social and Cultural Innovation" (SCI-SWG), Professor at the University of Bucharest
- Gert G. Wagner Chairperson of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), Professor at the Berlin University of Technology, and Board Member of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
13.00 - 15.00
How should research infrastructures for humanities and social sciences look like in 2020 and beyond? To answer this question, the issue will be reflected in three keynotes from different perspectives.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Adrian Dusa
- Understanding How Research Infrastructures Shape the Social Sciences: Impact, challenges, and outlook
Peter Farago, Director FORS Swiss, Former Chairperson of the SCI-SWG
- Challenges for Humanities
Gerhard Lauer, Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, ALLEA Working Group E Humanities
- Challenges for the Social Sciences
Peter Elias, University of Warwick, Strategic Advisor for Data Resources, Member of the SCI-SWG
15.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 18.30
Future Strategies and Directions
The session discusses what can be learned from existing infrastructure projects. It identifies general requirements and outlines concrete policy steps for establishing a valuable e-infrastructure.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Dietrich Nelle, Gert G. Wagner
- Social Sciences and Humanities: Research Infrastructure in "Horizon 2020"
Maria Theofilatou, European Commission DG Research, Project Officer
- Report from the DASISH SSH Workshop, Gothenburg 4-5th October 2013
Hans Jørgen Marker, Director of the Swedish National Data Service, CESSDA President, DASISH Coordinator
- Policy of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jacques Dubucs, University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, Scientific Director of the Department Human and Social Sciences, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
- Better Transnational Access and Data Sharing to Solve Common Questions
Julia Lane, Senior Managing Economist at the American Institutes for Research, University of Strasbourg, Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques
- Panel Discussion of a possible agenda for Humanities and Social Sciences in the future
Moderation: Peter Elias
19.30 - 22.00
Day 2 (22nd November 2013)
08.30 - 9.00
Arrival and Coffee
09.00 - 10.30
Session A - Administrative Data
Administrative data are defined as data which derive from the operation of administrative systems, typically by public sector agencies. They cover activities such as health maintenance, tax and social security, housing, elderly care, vehicle and other licensing systems, educational progress, etc. While such data are not designed for research purposes they often have significant research value, especially when linked to other datasets or to user-generated surveys.
This session looks at the ways in which some countries have developed access to such data and derived value from them as research resources. Other countries are now seeking to set up systems, which will provide better access to and linkage between administrative datasets. The session also provides the opportunity to discuss how administrative data may be shared between countries and examines the need for distributed research infrastructure to facilitate such data sharing.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Peter Elias, University of Warwick, Strategic Advisor for Data Resources, Member of the SCI-SWGPresenters:
- Administrative Data: Problems and Benefits
Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Archive and the UK Data Service
- The HMRC Datalab: Sharing administrative and survey data on taxation with the research community
Daniele Bega, HM Revenue and Customs, UK
- New Gateways to Administrative Data in Germany and Europe - A Roadmap in the Age of BigData
Stefan Bender, IAB, RatSWD, Data Without Boundaries
10.30 - 11.00
11.00 - 12.30
Session B - Longitudinal Sciences and Bio-Social Sciences
Understanding human behaviours and disentangling pathways to lifetime outcomes requires longitudinal data. There is growing evidence that early life experiences, including stress, poverty, and parenting have profound and lasting influences on later life outcomes. Increasingly there is recognition that the interplays between these lifetime experiences 'outside the skin' and biology are important for such understanding, including the roles of neuroscience, genomics and biomarkers for stress and disease. This session will evaluate the importance of ensuring widespread availability of comparable rich longitudinal data across the life course for Europe and the potential benefits of integrating biological measures into such studies.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: John Hobcraft, University of York, ESRC Strategic Advisor of Data ResourcesPresenters:
- Success and Sustainability in Internationally Comparative Research Infrastructures
Axel Börsch-Supan, Director Munich Centre for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Project coordinator SHARE
- Generations and Gender Programme (GGP)
Anne Gauthier, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute & Director of GGP
- Biological measures into a multidisciplinary birth cohort: The ELFE contribution
Jean-Louis Lanoë, Social Science Coordinator for ELFE
12.30 - 13.30
13.30 - 15.00
Session C - Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities is the interdisciplinary field developing for twenty years at the frontier between Humanities and computer science. It covers digitization of textual and iconographic corpora, design of digital libraries and repositories, conception of systems of metadata and annotations. The relevant research infrastructures provide shared access to wide multilingual set of data, so that the whole field contributes to better knowledge and understanding of the different components of our Cultural Heritage.
The session looks at this new situation and will try to anticipate future developments dealing with visualization, indexing and proceeding large hybrid datasets, open access and conception of new hyper-textual search engines. In this respect the broader issues of data discoverability, sharing and preservation, as well as pan-European interoperability will be discussed. Hereby, the session highlights the high potential for Digital Humanities for economic valorisation and employment and the future cooperation and strengthened interaction between computer science and humanities.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Jacques Dubucs, University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, Scientific Director of the Department Human and Social Sciences, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
ALLEA Co-Chair: Sandra Collins, Director of Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Chair of ALLEA Working Group E HumanitiesPresenters:
- Research Infrastructures in the Humanities: the Challenge of "Visibility" and "Impact"
Milena Žic-Fuchs, University of Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Chair of Science Review Group for the Humanities of the ESF, ALLEA-Working Group Social Sciences and Humanities
- Digital Humanities, towards a new relationship between micro- and macro-analysis
Philippe Vendrix, Head of the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours); Head of the Programme "Ricercar"
- Bibliodiversity. A historic opportunity from the digital humanities
Marin Dacos, Director of the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo)
15.00 - 15.30
15.30 - 17.00
Session D - New Forms of Data for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
There is a notable impact of a communicative evolution based on digitization, networked communication and related social changes. These developments can be identified on multiple levels, ranging from interaction changes over dramatic restructuring processes of organizations and institutions to systemic developments on a global level. They affect economy, politics, science etc. â and in essence, the very basis of what society is. For research on communication both from a social scientific perspective and the perspective of humanities, this means massive changes and rather disruptive innovation processes
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Ranjana Sarkar, Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace CentrePresenters:
- Challenges and Opportunities for Computational Social Science
Markus Strohmaier, Scientific Director Computational Social Science, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne
- Challenges in Analyzing Social Media
Diana Maynard, Senior Researcher at the Department of Computer Science, University of Cheffield; Naturel Language Processing Group
- The ARIADNE approach to Digital Cultural Heritage
Franco Niccolucci, Director of VAST-LAB at PIN-University of Florence; ARIADNE Project Coordinator
- Sustainable data for sustainable infrastructures
Laurent Romary, Inria, Directeur de Recherche; DARIAH Director
17.00 - 17.45
Looking Forward: Wrap-Up
A panel wraps up the two conference days and discusses the conference outcome in a plenary discussion.
Session Chair / Rapporteur: Adrian DusaPanellist:
Peter Elias, John Hobcraft, Jacques Dubucs, Sandra Collins, Ranjana Sarkar, Gert G. Wagner
17.45 - 18.00
Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities