perspectivia.net

The electronic publication platform perspectivia.net is the international, cross-epochal and interdisciplinary portal of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It lies at the centre of the virtual research infrastructure that the Max Weber Foundation offers for its institutes and cooperative partners.

The aim of perspectivia.net is to strengthen and further develop scientific communication by providing research materials in the forms of literature, sources and databases. The publication is based on the Open Access principle and is committed to supporting free academic exchange.

Older print texts that have been digitized as well as original electronic publications can be found on perspectivia.net. All types of academic texts are represented, from newspapers, monographs and edited volumes through to workshop and event reports to lectures and reviews. In addition, the platform comprises extensive photo material as well as audio and video files. Since the fundamental research represents a specific funding concern of the Max Weber Foundation, perspectivia.net provides increased database management systems for the presentation of primary source materials.  Not only is primary research data treated in the foreground, but virtual work environments are also made available, in which academic findings can be developed and carried out in a contemporary setting.

Perspectivia.net has been online since October 2008. The editorial staff at the Max Weber Foundation is in charge of the formatting and publication of the texts; this also involves the rights management for the published content.

Perspectivia.net works in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library in Munich, which is in charge of the platform hosting. They index the metadata of the published materials and enter the online publications into the library catalogue. In addition, the BSL is responsible for the long-term digital preservation of publication platforms.

Weber 2.0 | Connecting Knowledge

Weber 2.0 is the scholarly blog portal of the Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institute Abroad and its institutes and partners. The goal is to create a network by connecting scholars at the institutes abroad and in the host countries to each other as well as to the scientific communities in Germany by providing them with new, up-to-date forums for communication, collaboration and presentation of their research.

The portal is operated in conjunction with OpenEdition under the umbrella of hypotheses.org in close cooperation with the German-language portal de.hypotheses.org, which was initiated in 2011 by DHI Paris. The Max Weber Foundation is making a commitment to creating a sustainable virtual infrastructure for professional communication in the humanities, which enables the potential for virtual collaboration, open distribution of information and the processing of knowledge to be fully realized.

This opens up new possibilities, especially for the international exchange of knowledge. The promotion of transnational, comparative humanities research is a unique characteristic of the Max Weber Foundation, and is what this platform is fundamentally about. The aim is to stimulate transnational dialogue on various topics, and active networking among stakeholders across borders. This way, scientific discourse and ideas from other countries can be taught in Germany and vice versa. *Once the funding has been received and the hiring process completed, the contacts established amongst the institutes can lead to continued collaboration. The decentralized set-up of the Max Weber Foundation – its intrinsic characteristic of unity in diversity – offers unique and ideal conditions for the concept of the portal: The wealth of research accomplished by the individual institutes will be mapped while its visibility will be increased through centralization and common identity will be forged through networking.

DARIAH-DE

DARIAH-DE supports research that uses digital methods and processes in the humanities and cultural studies. DARIAH-DE embraces the vision of providing the humanities and cultural studies in Europe and Germany with opportunities for large-scale research similar to those that many researchers in the natural and applied sciences have developed and used together for decades. The use of cutting-edge technologies entails the unique opportunity to open up new modes and possibilities for co-operation and research in the humanities and cultural studies. The research infrastructure of DARIAH-DE is made up of four pillars: teaching, research, research data and technical components.

A partner in DARIAH-EU, DARIAH-DE helps to combine and interlink activities in the digital humanities on a national and European level. In view of the paradigm shift currently also going on in the humanities, it is another great concern of DARIAH-DE to contribute to the competitiveness and compatibility of the humanities and cultural studies in the international research context by developing a modern research infrastructure for them, and to actively collaborate on European research opportunities and hence DARIA-EU

By engaging in DARIAH-DE, the Max Weber Foundation promotes the further development of digital methods and research instruments in the humanities and cultural studies, as well as the internationalization and connection of academics involved in digital research, by building a digital research infrastructure. As basic research receives particular support from the Max Weber Foundation, the use of digital tools, the development of data bank solutions, the conception of virtual working environments and the provision of primary research data are important components of the infrastructure provided throughout the foundation. Hence the focus of the Max Weber Foundation’s engagement in DARIAH-DE is on the Institutionalization and Scientific Collections clusters.

Digital Humanities Working Group

The Digital Humanities (DH) are an integral part of the Max Weber Foundation’s academic activities. The DH affect all areas of humanities research for which the Max Weber Foundation is responsible. They are changing the conception, organization and presentation of research projects, the work carried out by libraries and the visibility of institutes’ and foundations’ work in general. In the form of autonomous basic research, the DH are bringing up new questions; digital research infrastructures are facilitating new research processes; digital tools and cooperative forms of work are extending the canon of methods, academic practice and communication. The DH thus enrich and develop the Max Weber Foundation’s core tasks. The virtual networking practised in the DH constitutes the basis for devolved forms of work and open access.

Consequently, more and more scientists in the Max Weber Foundation are using these approaches for their own work. In order to tap the potential of the new methods and tools, and to live up to the new challenges, the Digital Humanities Woking Group (AK DH) was established in 2016. The working group provides researchers and infrastructure employees from all institutes with a platform for exchange on DH methods of working. Theworking group advises academics from across the Foundation on how to make their research projects digital, while also supporting all management levels and bodies in the fields of organizational development and infrastructural facilities.

In addition to virtual networking, the AK DH members – experts from all institutes and the central office – meet once a year for a workshop to discuss and influence DH developments in the Max Weber Foundation. In addition to the important exchange of ideas with the Library and IT Working Groups, the AK DH ensures that external DH experts also take part in workshops and cooperative ventures to extend digital skills within the Foundation. Finally, the tasks of the experts involved in the AK DH include planning of the ongoing strategy for the future positioning and development of the DH.

General enquiries should be sent to the AK DH mailing list:
mws-akdh(at)dhi-roma.it

OPERAS

OPERAS (open access in the European research area through scholarly communication) is a distributed Research Infrastructure for open scientific practice in social sciences and the humanities in Europe. OPERAS coordinates cooperation and technical connections among established partners from universities, research institutions, infrastructure providers and science initiatives. Offering robust services and innovative facilities, OPERAS shapes the process of change towards Open Science and supports the opening up of the European research area in social sciences and the humanities. The Max Weber Foundation’s participation in OPERAS means a substantial boost for the activities in two of its key targets: the further internationalization of the humanities and the furtherance of open academic communication.

The activities of the OPERAS research infrastructure comprise research and development, the transfer of knowledge and technology, best practices and training programmes, evaluations and user studies, as well as standardization and interfaces, including connection to the European Open Science Cloud. Apart from further developing the connected infrastructures and services offered, OPERAS will efficiently support and lastingly develop research with three interdisciplinary services:

  • OPERAS Certification Service: for quality assurance, transparency and trust building regarding Open Access publications, platforms and processes
  • OPERAS Discovery Service: making research results easier to find and use and interconnecting scientists in the European research area across national or linguistic borders
  • OPERAS Research for Society Service: opening up science, involving civil society and communicating themes of social relevance, as well as integrating participative processes in research.

The development of OPERAS is flanked by two current Horizon 2020 projects. The OPERAS-D design study supports OPERAS in its conceptual, organizational and technical development. HIRMEOS (high integration of research monographs in the European open science infrastructure) serves to develop services for publication platforms. These services fill a gap in the Open Access landscape by implementing Open Access monographs.