VerbaAlpina and the Challenge of being FAIR (Presentation)

1. Introduction

  • Ahead of all: June 2019 is VerbaAlpina-month! ⇒ current DFG-calender „Langfristvorhaben“ (Twitter)
  • Release of new Version 19/1 a few days ago
  • Milestones since 2017:
    • VA-phase 2 – new onomasiological domains: natural environment (flora, fauna, weather, landscape formations), traditional cooking
    • Innovative form of publication: tight integration of cartogaphy and lexicography (example: VerbaAlpina-map BUTTER)
    • Technological achievements:
      • Crowdsourcing-Tool (around 11500 records of nearly 1000 informants since Feb. 2017)
      • brandnew GIS (based on Leaflet & Open Streetmap)
    • Stepping into the field of research data management, therefore …
  • Focus of this lecture: VerbaAlpina want’s to be FAIR!
FAIR principles
Data have to be Findable
Accessible
Interoperable
Reusable

2. How VerbaAlpina copes with FAIRness

VA features F A I R
Storing data in several repositories (cooperations with projects eHumanities – interdisziplinär, GeRDI, Clarin-D Centre Leipzig)        
Versioning (citable)        
Free open license (CC BY-SA)        
API interface (new!)        
Fine granularity of data        
Applying persistent identifiers (DOI, URN)        
Using normdata (Q-IDs, GND, L-IDs?)        
Using open source software (new GIS-framework Leaflet combined with Open Streetmap – independence from Google!)        
Detailed documentation (section methodology)        
Long-term perspective through embedding in enduring institutional frame (forming cluster „FDM-DH-centre“, consisting of IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften [ITG] and  University Library of the LMU)        

3. Beyond VerbaAlpina: The general situation so far

ALI Ladin dict. Idiotikon DRG ALD
        finally fair
      fairly fair
    limited fair
  (potentially)
not at all fair
not yet fair      

4. Helping partners and bringing things together – VerbaAlpina beyond the Alps

5. What to do next? The perspective of VerbaAlpina

  • Fostering cooperation with lexicographical „players“ – A warm WELCOME to all of you!
  • Mantra: individual independance for everyone, meaning: organise your work just as you like
  • Developing a system of interfaces, thus connecting individually managed data
  • Further promotion of normdata (Wikidata, GND, whatsoever …)
  • Widely applied FAIRness:
    • open licenses
    • open source software
    • fine granularity of data, thus providing interoperability
    • application of persistent identifiers
    • providing APIs for automatic data access
    • focus on libraries, using temporary solutions in the field of data management only additionally
    • foster creation of endurable institutions with specific know how in the field of Digital Humanities (like ITG)