DARIAH-DE in Kürze

DARIAH-DE in brief

DARIAH-DE in Focus

DARIAH-DE supports research in the humanities and cultural sciences with digital methods and procedures. The research infrastructure of DARIAH-DE consists of four pillars: teaching, research, research data and technical components. As a partner in DARIAH-EU, DARIAH-DE helps to bundle and network state-of-the-art activities of the digital humanities. Scientists use DARIAH, for example, to make research data available across Europe. The exchange of knowledge and expertise is thus promoted across disciplines and the possibility of discovering new scientific discourses is encouraged.


Key Data

  • Project coordinator: Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
  • Cooperation partners: 19 national co-operation partners from the humanities and cultural sciences, as well as information technology, including universities, libraries, computer centers, non-university research institutions, academies of sciences, and a commercial partner are currently working together in the DARIAH-DE consortium.
  • Promotion: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
  • Running time: until February 2019
  • Objectives: To support the research and teaching carried out in the humanities and cultural sciences with digital methods and tools, as well as their further development; Networking of different disciplines of arts and cultural sciences; Encourage the exchange of resources, methods, data and experience by developing a digital research infrastructure. 
    Exceeding the horizon of traditional questions in the humanities and cultural sciences is possible through the digital representations of cultural expressions and artefacts that have been available for more than a decade.

You can find our profile as a DARIAH-EU-Partner here.

With DARIAH-DE, the vision is to create a space for research in the humanities and cultural sciences in Europe and Germany, as it has been built up and used in the natural and applied sciences for decades by many researchers and institutions. The use of state-of-the-art technologies provides a unique opportunity to open up new ways and opportunities for cooperation and research to the arts and cultural sciences.

Research infrastructures are not a static product, but rather a continuous process driven by research. This process involves the networking of the scientific community among themselves and with computer scientists and information scientists. As a result of the ongoing paradigm shift in the humanities, DARIAH-DE is also a major concern to contribute to its competitiveness and connectivity in the international research context by developing a modern research infrastructure for the humanities and cultural sciences, as well as the European research area and thus actively participate in DARIAH-EU. Inspired by the developments in the natural sciences and applied sciences, there is a growing need for spiritual and cultural sciences as well as new paths in addition to traditional research paths.

Although some research questions can still be answered very well using traditional methods, others which can be made useful by the newly available research objects and resulting data, need new methods for their processing and new tools for analysis.

The tasks of DARIAH-DE are organized in project cluster.


Cluster 1: Accompanied Research

Cluster 1 is concerned with analyzing 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.
This cluster also aims at developing guidelines for best practice, 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.

In the international context, Cluster 1 manages the DARIAH-EU Virtual Competence Center 4 (VCC4) and is responsible for advocacy, impact and outreach.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 1, please contact the cluster's mailing list.


Cluster 2: eInfrastruktur

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.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 2, please contact the cluster's mailing list.


Cluster 3: Institutionalizing DARIAH-DE and establishing the DARIAH-DE Coordination Office

Cluster 3 aims at the institutionalizaion of DARIAH-DE in order to transform the previous project structure into a permanent structure. The DARIAH-DE Coordniation Office (DCO-DE) coordinates the operation of the digital research infrastructure on an administrative, contentual (research integration) and technical level. Furthermore, it represents DARIAH-DE in the professional communities, professional associations and in the humanities and cultural sciences. In addition, it coordinates the cooperation with DARIAH-EU.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 3, please contact the cluster's mailing list.


Cluster 4: Research Collections - Research Data

Cluster 4 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.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 4, please contact the cluster's mailing list.


Cluster 5: Quantitative data analysis

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.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 5, please contact the cluster coordinator Steffen Pielström.


Cluster 6: Annotate, analyze, visualize

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.

If you have any further questions relating to Cluster 6, please contact the cluster's mailing list.