DARIAH-DE Data Modeling Environment (DME)

Data Modeling Environment (DME)

Environment for modeling data and their relationships.

Contact person: Tobias Gradl



The Data Modeling Environment (DME) is a tool for modeling and associating data. By means of the DME, data models and mappings between them are defined and provided in terms of interfaces (REST-API). Integrative services such as the generic search access data models and mappings of the DME and utilize them for further processing, transformation and integration of data. A special feature of the DME is that data can be modeled regardless of its disciplinary context, its degree of structure and complexity, and its further use. Thus, in addition to standards such as TEI, MODS and DataCite, data models and mappings of the DME also adress local and specifically developed schemas for which, for example, compliance with FAIR principles is to be achieved. The particular powerfulness of the DME with regard to the modeling of complex research data of the humanities and cultural sciences is based on the language-based approach to the definition of complex data and the associated explication of domain knowledge.


Further Information

The DME source code is available under a open source license: 

Further information on the main concepts of DME can be found in the following publications:

  • Henrich, Andreas; Gradl, Tobias (2021): The Integration of Research Data. How Can Research Infrastructures Help? In Eva-Marie Seng, Frank Göttmann (Eds.): DOKUMENT - OBJEKT - GENESE: DE GRUYTER, S. 767–802.
  • Steyer, Timo; Gradl, Tobias (2019): A research-oriented and case-based data federation for the Humanities. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2536107
  • Gradl, Tobias/Henrich, Andreas (2016): „Data Integration for the Arts and Humanities: A Language Theoretical Concept“. In: Fuhr, Norbert et al. (Hg.): Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: 20th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2016, Hannover, Germany, September 5?9, 2016, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing, S. 281–293
  • Gradl, Tobias/Henrich, Andreas (2016): „Extending Data Models by Declaratively Specifying Contextual Knowledge“. In: Sablatnig, Robert/Hassan, Tamir (Hg.): DocEng '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Symposium on Document Engineering. New York, NY, USA: ACM: ACM, S. 123–126


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