RESILIENCE is a European cross-disciplinary research infrastructure (RI) serving the study of religion in all academic fields. It connects research centers, data holders and services distributed all over Europe and creates new instruments and services for its scientific community.
The mission of RESILIENCE is to serve research by improving access to digital as well as physical data on religion and to advanced tools, training, existing research infrastructures and expertise for new, digital, and data-oriented research on religion on a global level.
RESILIENCE facilitates high-quality research to improve knowledge on and understanding of religion. For this purpose, RESILIENCE brings together scholars and professionals, and facilities catalyzing new competencies, knowledge, approaches, and impact within the scientific domain of research on religion. It also establishes a system of permanent exchange with users on all levels of research experience and it orients its services strictly to user needs across Europe.
RESILIENCE is composed of a digital environment and a physical network of facilities whose size, mission and role may vary according to their specificities. The RI has always been and is enriched by such a variety of institutions, which offers a good balance of management flexibility, professional experience, operational complexity and scientific competence.
RESILIENCE strives for open and FAIR access to digital and physical resources from Europe and beyond and offers researchers the use of valuable distributed data, tools, training, and services via a single point of access (virtual) as well as by discovering collections and having meetings with experts through on-site visits.
With RESILIENCE, researchers in the many fields of research on religion can profit from the numerous movements of ideas, opportunities and innovations that surround the research community, such as new and more accessible technologies and data shared on the basis of Open Science principles; the adoption of digital tools to strengthen inclusiveness and leverage human interaction; the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions to find and produce answers and knowledge, and the most recent trends and evolutions of training and education.
Finally, RESILIENCE is committed to clarity in its objectives and overall goals. To this end, the governance bodies are called to periodically reassess their goals within their team as well as with advisors.
RESILIENCE primarily serves the research community of Religious Studies, which is conceived here as the full range of scientific disciplines that enable the study of religion. With its experts and the support to peer-researched, data-oriented knowledge on religion, it also serves societal actors, including religious communities, governments, decision makers, individuals, and institutions.
RESILIENCE innovates: it creates new methods, instruments, tools and services to better support research on religion. It makes use of tested and cutting edge information technologies and stimulates the usage of new technologies in research on religion.
RESILIENCE gives access: it offers one point of access to the many sites and institutions of research on religion in Europe which are willing to share resources, data and technologies. It especially connects institutions and facilities which have a strong competence and experience with digital and data-oriented research methods and which have rich resources for research on religion.
RESILIENCE enhances collaboration: through regular meetings with the stakeholders, its management and governance rules, and a dedicated collaboration policy, RESILIENCE strengthens collaboration within existing partnerships and reaching out to new potential partners.
RESILIENCE builds on the community: it puts in action a communication plan, enabling the research community and other stakeholders to learn about the RIs activities and developments, as well as the opportunities it offers, and shares information about the community’s research initiatives. Two-way and open communication is key to attract stakeholders to the RI, to learn from them and to transform their input for the benefit of the whole research community.
Among researchers in Europe a geographic, linguistic and economic diversity can be observed. Researchers in less favorable positions can be hampered in conducting excellent research. Research on religion is a widely distributed field of study in Europe, and access to data, experts in the field and research institutes is often a challenge for researchers. To address these challenges, RESILIENCE delivers the following value.
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RESILIENCE is an acronym for: REligious Studies Infrastructure: tooLs, Innovation, Experts, conNections and Centres in Europe.