The programme for the Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities SS 2015 is now available on the website of the Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities.

Lecture "Big data, little data, open data" by Prof. Dr. Christine L. Borgman, University of California, Los Angeles (USA), Department of Information Studies Göttingen, as part of Göttingen Lectures on Academic Information Futures

The modern academic landscape is changing at a rapid pace. Against the backdrop of digital progress and an increasingly networked scientific community, the volume of data generated by scientific and scholarly work is growing, as is demand for access to these data. The need to manage, access, and sustain large amounts of complex and heterogeneous data from all scientific disciplines requires new competencies for scholars, libraries, archives, and the academic enterprise. In her lecture, Professor Borgman addresses the diverse challenges associated with these activities, along with the role of libraries in this transformation.

  • Date: March 23rd, 2015
  • Venue: Paulinerkirche, Papendiek 14 (1st Floor)
  • Time: 18:00 h

October 15th, 2015

On Thursday 15th the eResearch Alliance team was welcomed by Norbert Winnige and Alexei Matveev at the MPI MMGs (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) Datarama at Bunsenstraße that was developed by Alexei Metveev as part of the European project GLOBALDIVERCITIES.

The Datarama is a large scale visualisation structure for audiovisual, interactive data exploration. It consists of a circle-shaped large screen structure and several beamers that make it possible to project and interact with the data in person inside the Datarama. At the moment the Datarama is used to visualise ethnological and sociological data from the GLOBALDIVERCITIES project but other exploitations are thinkable. Dr. Winnige explained to the eRA-team that suggestions for visualisation ideas and co-operations are welcome as the MPI MMG is exploring ideas to expand the uses of this innovative visualisation project. As its current location at Bunsenstraße has an uncertain future because of upcoming renovation works, also ideas for a new location (at least 6x6m) at the Göttingen Campus are welcome. If you are interested in a visit, want to discuss the details and future prospects of the Datarama, or have an exciting cooperation idea, contact Norbert Winnige (winnige(at) or Alexei Matveev (matveev(at)!

Alexei Matveev at Datarama

From OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25 2015 is the 8th International Open Access Week 'Open for Collaboration' ( Göttingen University and DFG support Open Access to research results and research data and Göttingen University and its university library, the SUB, are involved in various EU-projects such as OpenAirePlus or Foster. Visit the OpenAirePlus or Foster project websites or the German based information portal on Open Access to learn more about the benefits of Open Access! The Göttingen eResearch Alliance also covers Open Access, especially to research data, in its trainings. Interested in Open Access to research data? Contact us!

October 21st, 2015

On Wednesday afternoon a PhD workshop at the German Primate Centre on good scientific practice took place. Dr. Jens Dierkes (coordinator of the eRA) gave a talk on research data. Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer (head of Cognitive Ethnology Laboratory) held a presentation on authorships, measures of research outcome and how you should be your own most critical judge concerning your methods and your results. Among these important topics, she talked about pitfalls in the setup of experiments and their statistical analyses. These topics are at the moment heavily discussed in the scientific community as becomes clear from some current publications Prof. Fischer mentioned:

Interested in the role of research data in good scientific practice? Contact us!