New publication "Studies on Subject-Specific Requirements for Open Access Infrastructure" available
Since January 2012, the publication "Studies on Subject-Specific Requirements for Open Access Infrastructure" is available. The publication discusses the new ways of processing information by researchers. For example archaeologists can deposited digital images of artifacts, including GIS data in a repository. Which stimulates international cooperation and research. These new methods have a direct impact on the research infrastructure.
The publication was produced as part of the European OpenAIRE project (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe).
The chapter "Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences was composed by DANS. Based on interviews with scientists in this field DANS presents a picture of how the researchers deal with the processing of different types of information. A good illustration shows the process of a political scientist. 'Classic' information such as the Acts of Parliament are combined with entirely new sources such as blogs, RSS feeds and tweets. The chapter also provides insight into the research infrastructure in the humanities and social sciences and provides an overview of the data infrastructure in DANS.
It appears that a data-intensive way of doing research - also known as E-Research - is increasingly common in the humanities and social sciences. As it is progressively easier to access information, the boundaries between the various disciplines become blurred.