« … This book documents the results of the conference Facing the Future: European Research Infrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences (November 21/22 2013, Berlin), initiated by the Social and Cultural Innovation Strategy Working Group of ESFRI (SCI-SWG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and hosted by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and the German Data Forum (RatSWD) (…)
The ESFRI process is of vital importance to the European research landscape. Research Infrastructures developed through European cooperation create opportunities for scientists to participate in the shared knowledge flows of the European Research Area, and thus translate the European idea into everyday life in an exemplary way. Jean Monnet, the father of European integration, once wrote that if he had to begin all over again with European unity, he would start with culture and not with the economy. With this in mind it is not surprising that programmes from among the Humanities and Social Sciences in particular such as SHARE, DARIAH, CLARIN, CESSDA and ESS, have been among the pioneers of the ESFRI process.
The BMBF together with the Strategic Working Group of ESFRI “Social and Cultural Innovation” supports the debate on the further development of the infrastructures in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We are grateful that ALLEA and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in collaboration with the German Data Forum (RatSWD) organized the conference “Facing the Future: European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences” at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin.
The goal of this debate, in regard to the Humanities and Social Sciences, is to recognize changing infrastructure needs at an early stage, to identify priorities for innovative research activities based on European infrastructures, and to put these issues on the EU Roadmap of Research Infrastructures. The conference in Berlin provided a forum for this debate in a European context and thus contributed to strengthening the position of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the European Research Area – not only by highlighting their significance for the societal challenges in the new EU Research and Innovation Programme “Horizon 2020”, but also by playing an active role in shaping ESFRI.
Dietrich Nelle (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) (…) »