Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany
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Digitization of archival materials has transformed research, yet this transformation has not been perfect. Most scholars are still blocked by legal and/or technical barriers in our current research eco-system before being able to conduct any digital research. For instance, a scholar discovering a relevant digital database and hopes to apply existing digital methods to analyze it, usually ends up finding out the stringent license severely limits the scope of digital research. Even when working with open-access databases, scholars are left along for the technical challenges to download and carry the texts over to designated tools, which often require specific formats. RISE is our infrastructural proposal to this issue. By providing a common data exchange format and a middleware that safeguards textual transfers according to licenses among databases and research tools, RISE creates a world in which scholars can bring sources from databases to research tools and conduct digital research seamlessly.