COSCH STSMs

Right from the start, the COSCH Action has bet on Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) as a privileged instrument contributing to both achieving the Action objectives as well as training young researchers. Two calls for STSMs without predefined topics were launched during 2013 and diffused within COSCH network, and also within several networks related to the fields of imaging and cultural heritage. The Coordinator of COSCH STSMs, Alamin Mansouri reports

A rigorous selection process, based on peer-reviewing, has been adopted for the assessment of applications. For each application, at least one of WG leaders, to which the application is connected, participates in reviewing of the application. The applications are evaluated based on such criteria like the skills of the candidates, the relevance of the proposed research to COSCH objectives and the multidisciplinarity. The final decision is taken by the COSCH steering Committee, based on the reviews. The evaluation of the final report follows the same procedure. In the first year 14 applicants were successful with their STSM proposals. The STSMs funded covered the objectives of all Working Groups.

The names of the researchers and further details of their work, with reports, can be found at http://cosch.info/exchange-visits)

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The peer reviewing is, regrettably, not rigorous. Some of the reviewers either read the pertinent documents, their expertise in the sector is under the media and the evaluations: highly subjective. This kind of organization of the peer review process is not in sync with COST principles towards transparence and balanced representation of geographical, sectorial and cultural areas: for example, no one expert from Eastern Europe has been invited.
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Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

"The essays in this collection are transformative, moving beyond basic collaboration and skilfully contextualizing both scientic knowledge in the humanities and humanities knowledge in the sciences. Doing so not only heightens the quality of the research, but heightens understanding, redrawing traditional lines between disciplines and redening what it means to truly collaborate and to be a scholar in the digital age."-Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma 
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