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Natalie Harrower appointed chair of ALLEA working group

The Board of ALLEA, the federation of All European Academies, has appointed the Digital Repository of Ireland's Director Dr. Natalie Harrower as Chair of the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group.

ALLEA is the federation of All European Academies; it was founded in 1994 and currently brings together 57 Academies in more than 40 countries from the Council of Europe region. Member Academies operate as learned societies, think tanks and research performing organisations. They are self- governing communities of leaders of scholarly enquiry across all fields of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. ALLEA therefore provides access to an unparalleled human resource of intellectual excellence, experience and expertise.Independent from political, commercial and ideological interests, ALLEA’s policy work seeks to contribute to improving the framework conditions under which science and scholarship can excel. Jointly with its Member Academies, ALLEA is in a position to address the full range of structural and policy issues facing Europe in science, research and innovation. In doing so, it is guided by a common understanding of Europe bound together by historical, social and political factors as well as for scientific and economic reasons.       

President Gunter Stock and the ALLEA board appointed Dr. Harrower as the new Chair of the working group on E-Humanities, which addresses the role of digital humanities and computational humanities in the European landscape. Dr. Harrower was previously the group's Secretariat, and was the editor and co-author on the group's report Going Digital: Creating Change in the Humanities, published in May 2015. 

The E-Humanities working group was first formed in November 2012, and currently consists of members from the Royal Irish Academy, The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, The National Academy of the Lincei (Italy), the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Laurent Romary, Director of DARIAH.  The group will be working to support and promote e-Humanities, and to contribute to the European Open Science agenda.