This project will provide a unique opportunity for the researcher to return from Australia in his native country, and simultaneously steer his career in a new direction - the emerging research field of digital humanities (DH). DH tools are becoming common components of university environments, promising advanced cyber-infrastructure for future research and teaching in the humanities. However, in order to align DH activities to everyday university settings, we need a better understanding of information behaviour (IB) of scholars and students in these digital environments. The aim of this project is to bring together insights from the fields of IB and DH. The final outcome of the project will be a new model for design of DH applications, informed by an alternative interdisciplinary approach to IB and DH, based on actor-network theory, and by the empirical results of the two in-depth case studies. This will be achieved through a combination of empirical, theoretical, and action research, integrated into the main objectives of the study: 1) to investigate information behaviour in digital humanities activities of scholars and students at the host university; 2) to build a theoretical model for design and management of digital humanities applications, based on theoretical insights from several research fields, and the empirical knowledge gained by the objective 1; and 3) to transfer knowledge to the host through an action research (development of a new DH course and a prototype of a digital textbook for the course) which will also enable an evaluation of the outcomes of the objectives 1 and 2. The project is thus timely and relevant to the efforts of FP7 and the Horizon 2020 to build digital research infrastructure for the humanities, enabling new interdisciplinary ways of research that were not possible in the analogue world.
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