Finnish survey on digital research practice in the Arts and Humanities

In October 2016 HelDig distributed a questionnaire in eight Universities in Finland aimed at discovering digital research practice in the Arts and Humanities, and take a pulse of the real needs for digital research infrastructures.

The purpose of this survey was twofold: to provide some guidelines for the development of HelDig, and to identify key issues at national level that could benefit from and contribute to DARIAH, the European network for digital research infrastructures in the arts and humanities.

This survey and the report (available below) are structured following the research data LifeCycle. The responses to this questionnaire narrate experiences and interests in digital research practices, ranging from habits for finding and managing assets to more advanced methods for creating 3D models and immersive environments. In addition to an analysis of the 239 responses, the report contains a catalogue of digital methods and tools to anyone interested in exploring and better understanding digital practice in research.

Practice and interest in digital research methods are present throughout the research data LifeCycle. Researchers active using digital methods and tools come from heterogeneous fields of the Arts and Humanities, and have interests that connect to other disciplines (e.g. education and media). More importantly, many respondents express interest in learning, applying digital methods and using tools more efficiently. This evidences the need for thinking of digital humanities, not as a separated research field, but as an infrastructure that supports researchers within their own discipline and enables researchers in between fields, to find a way to collaborate.

The report can be downloaded below. Feedback or further questions can be sent to Inés Matres.