DARIAH-DE – cluster structure

DARIAH-DE: organisational structure


Cluster 1: Research Evaluation and Accompanied Research (lead: MPI WG)

The cluster "Accompanying research" is concerned with categorizing existing tools and methods by workflow and target audience. This classification is based on the analysis of community-specific requirements and the usage behaviour of scientists, content providers, service providers and funding agencies.
Cluster 1 also aims at developing guidelines for best practise, and at establishing success criteria of virtual research environments, graphical user interfaces and usability. Furthermore, it designs methods for measuring impact, meaning the distribution of tools and their documented usage in publications and research projects.

Contact: dariah@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de, dariah-de-cluster-1@gwdg.de (mailing list)


Cluster 2: e-infrastructure (lead: GWDG)

Cluster 2 maintains and evaluates relevant academic services and integrates them into the research infrastructure of DARIAH-DE. In addition, handover is conducted to the service unit (cluster 3) including sample integration of selected academic services into a meta-hosting service.
Furthermore, Cluster 2 also selects basic technical workflows and policies for the implementation of the Research Data Lifecycle and describes the requirements for additional workflows and policies.
Cluster 2 also prepares the transfer of basic services into production level services and helps the integration of DARIAH-DE components into the long-term structures of the data centers.

Contact: dariah-de-cluster-2@gwdg.de (mailing list)


Cluster 3: Institutionalising DARIAH-DE and establishing the DARIAH-DE coordination office (lead: SUB Göttingen)

The central task of Cluster 3 is to develop a sustainable organization for the DARIAH-DE project. In the next months the first step will be to start within the DARIAH-DE coordination office to establish the organisational and adminstrative starting point for the planned institutional process.

Furthermore Cluster 3 addresses the central questions of the continuous operation of DARIAH-DE. Within these activities, several key points will be drawn up:

1. An assessment of proposals, including their organizational availability and their charges,
2. A cooperation model for new external partners involving service level agreements, and
3. corresponding draft agreements.

Particular attention is being paid to the DARIAH-DE eInfrastructure Service (DeISU), which is supposed to convey digital resources to research projects in the humanities and cultural studies.

In this context, the organzational structure as well as the institutional bodies of the DeISU are going to be specified and the legal form of the organization is going to be determined. Finally, the business plan of the DeISU and the statute of DARIAH-DE in Cluster 3 are going to be created.

Contact: dariah-de-cluster-3@gwdg.de (mailing list)


Cluster 4: Research Collections – Research Data (lead: SUB Göttingen)

Cluster 4 supports scholars in the Humanities with the setup of digital Research Collections. The main areas of focus are interoperability, interfaces, standards for data and metadata, the establishment, use and integration of Controlled Vocabularies/Authority Files, setup and operation of a Collection Registry for Research Data as well as formulating guidelines for the initial planning of a Research Collection in line with the practical guidelines as stated by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Cluster 4 also tackles questions connected to licensing Research Data and is setting up a series of events that deal with the topics of Research Collections in the humanities and the connected legal aspects. Also, Cluster 4 is conducting a series of workshops to gain precise knowledge of the needs and expectations of researchers and formulating specific Use Cases for a web tool to aid researchers with licensing decisions. In addition, Cluster 4 works to enhance the visibility and ensure the subsequent use of Research Collections.

Contact: dariah-de-cluster-4@gwdg.de (mailing list)


Cluster 5: Quantitative Data Analysis (lead: Uni Würzburg)

The topic of Cluster 5 is the use of quantitative methods in the humanities.
The main focus is the dissemination and further development of relevant methodological competencies for procedures and tools that allow to analyze and to visualize large sets of research data in the humanities.
Besides developing and describing methods of quantitative analysis within use cases from different fields of research, the Cluster maintains commented bibliography on literature relevant for the topic, and organizes events to disseminate the results.

Contact: dariah-de-cluster-5@gwdg.de (mailing list)


Cluster 6: community-specific annotations (lead: Technische Universität Darmstadt)

Activities of Cluster 6 are grouped around specialized procedures of (digital) annotations in the humanities. Its main tasks are the conception and specification of applications, reports and documentation of current, predictable and innovative methods of annotation.
A strong focus lies on several use cases provided by associated partners from different fields. This leads to a wide range of objects that are being annotated (i.e. text, images and music) and enables a theorized, more generic exchange of concepts. The outcome of these use cases is presented in workshops, documentations and teaching materials and serves to convey methodological skills as well as to further encourage the use of these techniques in various scientific fields.

Contact: dariah-de-cluster-6@gwdg.de (mailing list)