The Fryske Akademy is more than an active regional partner: it collaborates with other research institutions and universities, companies and official bodies, both national and international.
Collaboration in research
The Fryske Akademy is affiliated to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and works closely with the various institutes of the KNAW. This makes the KNAW the primary research network for the Fryske Akademy. Together with the Meertens Institute, for instance, we work on the Taalportaalproject, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
At the regional level, we aim for mutual beneficial cooperation in research too. The NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, for instance, is a partner in a number of research projects involving students: Serious Gaming for language acquisition, and the Linguistic Landscape.
Multilingualism Laboratory Network
Together with the University of Groningen and NHL Stenden, we formed the Multilingualism Laboratory Network to build an academic community of multilingualism researchers, with a special focus on Frisian. Our ultimate goal is to build an international laboratory to promote the study of multilingualism and to develop a common research agenda.
We supervise a number of PhD trajectories in close cooperation with Dutch universities. Current PhD students come from University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU), University of Groningen (RUG) and Maastricht University (UM).
In addition, we have launched PhD trajectories with University Campus Fryslân (since 1 January 2016: Fryslân Campus of the University of Groningen) in the fields of the Frisian language, culture, area, history, and identity. These PhD trajectories are in keeping with our objective of promoting the research climate in Friesland.
Social and private partners
The Fryske Akademy has strong ties with the region, among other things by cooperating with various provincial knowledge institutions. Tresoar and Omrop Fryslân are partners in FAME!, a project on speech technology financed by NWO. Afûk is another trusted partner of the Fryske Akademy, for instance in the NWO project on Multilingual Perception.
Other major initiatives we are currently working on with regional partners are:
- Leeuwarden Capital of Culture 2018: In 2018, Leeuwarden will be the European Capital of Culture, together with Valletta (capital of Malta). Regional cooperation will be intensified in order to realise the ambitions of Leeuwarden Capital of Culture 2018.
- Redbot: online platform providing information about our digital Frisian cultural heritage. This is a long-term programme (2014-2018), consisting of a number of subprojects that will allow for the on-line publication of old maps, museum collections, Frisian literature, films, photography, as well as notarial instruments and other old legal documents.
We find our social and private partners not only within our own region, but also on the national level:
- HisGIS: Historical Geographic Information System, containing important information about the infrastructure of towns and provinces. Within the framework of this project, the Fryske Akademy will be collaborating with public bodies, major national archives and university libraries.
The Fryske Akademy is a significant policy advisor for the Province of Friesland. We are frequently commissioned by the provincial authorities to carry out applied research projects, for instance into the use of the Frisian language on social media. In addition, we have developed language tools for the Frisian language.
In the so-called Boppeslach research project (2007-2014), the Province of Friesland hired us to evaluate provincial education policies.
In addition, we take on research assignments from municipalities, and in the process help them to work out language and education-related policy issues.
In 2015, for example, we carried out a study for the municipality of Het Bildt on the subject of including the language spoken in Het Bildt in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
On the international level, we collaborate with a number of universities, both bilaterally and in larger international networks. The Mercator Network, launched in 1987, is one of the longest-running European collaborations in the field of multilingualism and minority languages. Our Mercator Research Centre is the coordinator of the network, and as such an important international exponent of the Fryske Akademy. The Mercator Network consists of the following partners: Aberystwyth University in Wales, Stockholm University, University of Barcelona and the Research Institute for Linguistics in Budapest.
In the field of lexicography, the European Network of E-Lexicografy (ENeL) has been set up with funds provided by COST, a network with partners from over 27 countries. Other international collaborations are dedicated to historical research. The Border History Network, for instance, consists of historians from the North Netherlands and North-West Germany, with the shared objective of researching the regional history on both sides of the border.
The Fryske Akademy has signed bilateral co-operation agreements with a number of universities and knowledge institutions with regard to research on specific topics:
- School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. Every year, seminars and conferences are held on the subject of minority languages, alternately in Leeuwarden and London
- China Center for Linguistic and Strategic Studies (CCLASS) of Nanjing University, on language research and minority languages
- The Royal Academy of the Basque Language (Euskaltzaindia) in Bilbao (Spanish Basque Country)
- The South African Academy for Arts and Science (SAAWK) in Pretoria (South Africa)