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Science Gateways and Humanities Is a Promising Partnership: Why Is It So Rare?

Kerk F. Kee; Sandra Gesing; Annelie Rugg; Shannon Bradley; Steven R. Brandt; Natalie K. Meyers; Quinn Dombrowski

Researchers and educators in humanities such as computational linguists, digital humanists, and those doing historical reconstructions are increasingly heavy users of computational and/or data resources. Many know about activities, working groups, and initiatives around the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles and are a driving force for improving the situation for sharing data and software. However, it seems humanities researchers are less aware of the science gateways community and the end-to-end solutions that science gateways could provide, therefore lacking a driving force for adoption of this technology. Some may be creating their own gateways outside the community; others may wish to use computational and data infrastructures, but may perceive a lack of support or opportunities. Hypotheses about the reasons that humanities are not well represented as gateways builders and users include lack of funding and support by computer centers. This study will clarify some of the challenges and needs faced by computational researchers in the humanities that may explain their relatively low participation in the science
gateways community. For this paper, we present the results of two interviews as proof of concept for the study. We plan to follow with 12-15 additional interviews for the larger study.

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