Closing the loop of open data publishing in Digital Humanities

  • Ribary, M. (Speaker)
  • Barbara McGillivray (Speaker)
  • Nicolas Larousse (Speaker)
  • Francesca Frontini (Speaker)
  • Darja Fiser (Speaker)
  • Jakob Lenardic (Speaker)
  • Youngim Jung (Speaker)
  • Hyekyong Hwang (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The panel explores the relationship between Digital Humanities (DH) and open research principles. Representing the perspectives of researchers and practitioners, research infrastructures, and data journals, panel members share their experience about the challenges and opportunities of open data publishing in the Humanities and invite a discussion about the way forward.

Panel overview:

All Digital Humanities (DH) researchers would agree that open data publishing and accurate data citation are important. Yet all of them are likely to have come across projects, sometimes their own, where these goals are not fully met. This panel argues that the reason is not the DH researchers’ lack of commitment to the values of open research or their lack of technical skills: it is not their sole responsibility to fly the flag of open research. Rather we should look at open data publishing as an ecosystem with different actors who all need adequate support. Apart from the researchers who produce, (re)use and review published data, journals and research infrastructures play a fundamental, yet often overlooked role. All things have to click in place for the ecosystem to work properly. A dataset’s journey starts with the researchers who produce it, but in order to reach other researchers, a dataset needs to be deposited and maintained in infrastructures that keep it accessible and discoverable, and to be reviewed for and described in journal papers that introduce the dataset to the research community. This panel brings together researchers and practitioners in DH, research infrastructures, and data journals to initiate a discussion about best practices and possible changes for the future of data sharing and publishing.

In short ice-breaker presentations, panel members follow a dataset’s journey from production via research infrastructures to journals. Jakob Lenardič and Darja Fišer will talk about common obstacles with data citation based on a case study of Slovenian linguistic research and they will point to the scope and principles of the CLARIN.SI infrastructure. Francesca Frontini will talk about the methods and initiatives of the disciplinary and generalistic/institutional repositories in the CLARIN network and she will address the issues of citation tracking and impact. Nicolas Larrousse will talk about the prerequisites of sustainable citation and high-quality descriptive metadata which link data to publication outputs with measurable impact. Barbara McGillivray and Marton Ribary will share their experience as editors of the Journal of Open Humanities Data and their work on measuring the contribution of data papers to the overall impact of research. Youngim Jung and Hyekyong Hwang will bring a global perspective to the discussion by talking about awareness, experience and willingness toward data publishing in the different scientific fields with special consideration to supporting Digital Humanities in South Korea.

Closing the loop of open data publishing in Digital Humanities, panel members will invite a discussion about what support researchers and practitioners in DH could benefit from, in what form such support could be provided, and how we could create a well-functioning and sustainable open data publishing ecosystem.
Period25 Oct 2023
Event titleSciDataCon 2023: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data
Event typeConference
LocationSalzburg, AustriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • digital humanities
  • open research
  • data
  • data citation
  • repositories
  • data paper
  • publications
  • journals