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University of Oxford (UOXford)

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England. It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest university in continuous operation.

The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments. The university operates the world’s oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world and the largest academic library system in Britain. Oxford scholars have been the recipients of 51 Nobel prizes. Oxford is the home of the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious scholarships, which has brought graduate students to study at the university for more than a century.

Research activity takes place in over 70 departments and involves more than 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,000 research and research support staff, and more than 5,600 graduate research students. Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the UK based on the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) report.

Oxford is regularly ranked within the top 10 universities in the world and is currently ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, as well as the Forbes’s World University Rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Oxford also ranks as number one in the world for four Humanities disciplines: English Language and Literature, Modern Languages, Geography, and History. It also ranks 2nd globally for Anthropology, Archaeology, Law, Medicine, Politics & International Studies, and Psychology.


Huygens ING, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (HI)

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is both a learned society representing the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines, and a management body for national research institutes. The Academy promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. As a research organisation, the Academy is responsible for fifteen research institutes. These Academy institutes play a leading role in Dutch research. They serve as national centres of expertise, manage unique infrastructures, and provide access to worldfamous collections. The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in Amsterdam is one of these institutes and will represent the Academy within the consortium of CommonPlace.

With nearly one hundred members of staff, the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) is the largest institute for research on the humanities in the Netherlands. It has a strong focus on Dutch history (of science) and literary studies, for which it develops and implements innovative digital data infrastructures. The institute has published many and varied online accessible resources about the history and culture of the Netherlands and its relations with the world around it. These resources range from large biographical databases, to selective document editions and numerous historical correspondences. For more than two decades, the institute has engaged in and promoted open access publications and innovation in research methodology and infrastructures.

Huygens ING actively contributes to digital humanities by participating in national and international humanities infrastructure initiatives. Huygens ING is a leading partner in CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and a certified CLARIN centre. CLARIAH is the Dutch contribution to the European CLARIN and DARIAH projects, and is directly and deeply embedded in the Europe-wide ESFRI enterprise. At the same time, Huygens ING is strengthening the cooperation with its two sister institutes, the International Institute of Social History and the Meertens Institute, in the field of digital humanities in the KNAW Humanities Cluster.