Museums and the Challenges of Open Access

DARIAH-RS, in cooperation with the Central Institute for Conservation and the Desk Creative Europe, cordially invites you to attend our joint event Museums and the Challenges of Open Access, which will take place on December 16  at the Yugoslav Film Archive, Uzun Mirkova 1, starting at 11 a.m.


At this event, we’ll get a chance to learn about the Open Access policies and experiences from the Dutch State Museum (Rijksmuseum), as well as digital tools for museum documentation and new methods for aggregating data to Europeana.

We will also present and discus а new publication by the Centeral Institute for Conservation Open Access to Museum Documentation in Serbia: Experiences, Challenges and Potentials.



Milja Stijović (Central Institute for Conservation)

Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS)

Saskia Scheltjens (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
From Open Access to Open Collections

12:15-13:00 Reception

13:00-14:15 Panel  and presentation of Open Access to Museum Documentation in Serbia: Experiences, Challenges and Potentials.

Participants: Dejan Sandić (reviewer), Museum of Applied Arts. Authors: Marija Aćimović, Center for Documentation, CIC; Slađana Bojković, Historical Museum of Serbia; Dragan Satarić, Wikimedia Serbia; Nevenka Antić, Creative Commons Serbia; Tamara Butigan Vučaj, National Library of Serbia; Višnja Kisić, Europa Nostra Serbia.

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30-15:00 Sašo Zagoranski, Semantika (Slovenia)
Rediscovering Aggregation and GALIS – Documentation System for Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives

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#dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop

The #dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop, which took place in Belgrade on November 8-9, brought together twenty participants from 9 different countries (Germany, Ireland, UK, Greece, Denmark, France, Serbia, Switzerland, Holland) to explore key issues in developing interactive, multimodal, localizable, open-access and open-source teaching materials.

#dariahTeach is an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership aimed at fostering innovative teaching and learning practices among members of the DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) network. This Strategic Partnership is under the lead of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth University, with six other participating institutions:  Aarhus University, Denmark; Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies (Greece); Austrian Academy of Sciences; Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities, (Serbia); Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands); and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Members of the #dariahTeach Strategic Partnership are developing rich educational materials that instructors in the growing number of Digital Humanities programs across Europe can use and adapt to their own institutional settings and learning needs.

The goal of the Belgrade Open Humanities Workshop was to gather feedback on the current state of development of the #dariahTeach platform, and to discuss the possibilities and challenges of integrating the work of DARIAH­-affiliated projects and other potential external partners into the platform.

Tony Hall on educational technologies

The event kicked off with a keynote lecture by Tony Hall of the National University of Ireland at Galway. In his talk, Tony focused on the question how design-based research could be adapted and adopted in order to develop and deploy technology-aided educational innovations.

We still have a very industrial model of learning. Yet we should encourage discovery, delight, curiosity, creativity.

Why should we care?

Everybody agrees that education is important, but the current state of DH training materials leaves much to be desired. Why are we — as scholars who are also educators — not treating training materials as a kind of publication? Why do we not have peer-reviewed journals of training materials? Why are some of our training materials hidden behind password-protected university proxies? How many of us use taxonomies or ontologies to describe the learning objects we produce? How come we so often have to reinvent the wheel when we prepare our classes? These and other questions reflect the urgency of rethinking how we create, deliver and share our training materials.

The Belgrade workshop gave #dariahTeach partners a chance to meet face to face with experienced DH instructors and representatives of DARIAH-affiliated infrastructure projects that have it as part of their mandate to deliver training materials.

Workshop participants engaged with each other on a range of topics such as curriculum design; teaching with and beyond MOOCs; training needs in research infrastructures vs. traditional settings; developing a model for peer-reviewing training materials; engaging different audiences and communities of practice; licensing and flexible frameworks for open education.

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Tony Hall on Design-Based Research in Educational Contexts

Education technology specialist Tony Hall will hold a public lecture in Belgrade on Sunday, November 8, starting at 6pm, at the House of Culture, Terazije 34,  as part of the #dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop.

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Designing and deploying models of technology-enhanced learning in educational contexts

This talk will examine design-based research (DBR) in educational contexts and settings. Drawing on key contemporary concepts and literature in educational design research, different conceptualisations of design in education will be considered. The talk will then focus on how design-based research can be adapted and adopted, both to develop and deploy bespoke educational innovations and technologies.

The talk will consider the contribution, limitations and advantages of design-based research. Further, the broader impact of DBR will be outlined, and strategies proposed to address the challenges of DBR, especially as they arise in the digital humanities. The importance of collaborative and iterative concept- and data-driven design with learners and educators will be emphasised, and principles enumerated for the effective development of educational technologies in context.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall, photograph by Brendan Lyon
Dr Tony Hall is Lecturer in Educational Technology and a design-based researcher in the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway. His primary research interests include design-based research in education and technology-enhanced learning. He was formerly a secondary school English, Physical Education and ICT teacher, and school ICT coordinator. Having completed his PhD in design-based research at the Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick, he was a Research Fellow at the Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham. His current research focuses on the design of narrative technology in education, and he is a Co-Principal Investigator at NUI, Galway for the Q-Tales Project, funded within EU Horizon 2020 to design and develop interactive educational books.