Growing both in numbers of partners and activity, Interedition communications needed a larger platform than this blog to be effectively supported. For historical purposes we left this weblog intact at this very spot. For newer communications we have put in place another website at http://www.interedition.eu which also incorporates a wiki for our partners to be able to add and exchange materials etc.
On Wednesday 26 November 2007 the COST-ESF Office released a press communique stating that its Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) at a recent meeting in Vilnius on 15 and 16 November 2007 had approved 25 new COST Actions, Interedition being among this favored 25.
It’s been great news for the Interedition initiative to get this formal approval. Competition has been stiff with over 400 original applications, with a 1 out of 6 chance of approval in the end for Interedition in the COST Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ICHS).
The approval means that the Interedition initiative now will be formally funded as a COST Action and that the project can start actively building the European research network needed to eventually meet its greater goal of realizing a supranational digital infrastructure for scholarly editions. Thanks to COST Interedition will be able to attract expertise and interested experts from the wider European area to share their knowledge and to put together the initial road map for the implementation of such an infrastructure.
On September 19th we presented the Interedition initiative to the Executive Group for the COST Domain of Individuals, Societies, Culture and Health. We do like to think it was a success. The committee members were clearly very knowledgeable about the content of our proposal and had taken it in with great interest, they seemed to show considerable enthusiasm. We think we answered there questions, which were accurate and to the point, to their satisfaction.
We understand that we now have made it into the last round, were just 6 of a total of 411 projects are invited to make a case for themselves. Of the these 6 probably 3 or 4 will receive funding. So, our chances have now risen to a tantalizing 50% at the least. LetÂ´s keep our fingers crossed a little while longer.
In mid October weÂ´ll receive a first indication. By mid November a final decision will be communicated.
The powerpoint presentation is amended to this post.
On September 5 we received notification of the COST office that Interedition will be allowed to present itself as a proposed Action to the Executive Group of the Domain of Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health at COST/ESF. We will prepare a presentation and will be presenting the proposal on September 19th in Brussels at the COST Office. So, it seems we reached the last hurdle in getting our initiative some funding for starting an international cooperation. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Last Friday, our COST proposal was submitted through the electronic web form of the ESF. The full proposal in pdf-form is attached to this blog entry. We hope the partners will all be satisfied with the result. We still are open to any remarks anybody may have of course as they are always useful for a possible next step in the evaluation process.
On May 18th we received a mail from the COST-office informing us that we are invited to submit a full proposal to COST. We are invited to submit a full proposal as one of 79 out of a total number of 411 preliminary applications. In the end roughly a third of the 79 final applications will be eligible for funding. Thus it seems we now have about 30% chance of receiving funding for out initiative.
The deadline for the full proposal is the 27th of July. We have to take into account at least one week to get the final text proofread by a corrector. So, if we use July 20th as an internal deadline, we have just about seven weeks to get the full proposal into shape. Which actually is not that much, given the amount of information the COST office wants us to compile. It seems we have precious little time to waist.
Karina van Dalen and Joris van Zundert met with Dutch EU liaisons Dick Schoorel and Bert van Werkhoven on may 2, 2007. Bert van Werkhoven suggested applying for funding of Interedition within the upcoming second ICT call of the European Union 7th framework. Possibly this would be a better match for Interedition than COST. We intend to apply for funding within the 7th framework in case Interedition would be turned down by COST. Especially Bert van Werkhoven would gladly be of assistance in writing up a proposal for this call.
Joris van Zundert will attend a meeting on the upcoming second ICT call of the European Union 7th framework. The actual call is expected to be published on June 7th, 2007.
We talked to Dick Schoorel and Tineke Lubbers, EU liaisons for The Netherlands. They stressed that ours was an interesting proposal, worth trying to get funded from an EU-perspective. They helped me with straitening out the politics of the latest draft. On the downside they had to tell me that we only have a very slight chance of getting funding through COST. COST expects to receive about 900 proposals, less than 10% of which will be invited to submit a full proposal, of which only a few will be granted in the end. In all we only stand about a 3% chance of receiving funding through COST. Therefore it was Dick Schoorel’s suggestion to prepare more than one proposal. I will be talking to him about preparing a revised proposal for another COST slot, also we’ll be looking into the possibilities to get funding from the 7th frame work. We’ll keep you posted.
James Cummings has joined to represent the Oxford Text Archive. Truly good news.
The list of potential interested partners who we are in contact with, or who we are contacting, is as follows (additions are most welcome of course): Dolores Iorizzo (Imperial College, London); Alois Pichler (Aksis/Universitetsforskning, Bergen); Marilyn Deegan (Center for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London); Andrea Bozzi (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale, CNR, Pisa), Claus Huitfeldt (Bergen University, Bergen), Susan Schreibman (University of Maryland), Jerome McGann (University of Virgina, Charlottesville).