DARIAH-DE (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is an initiative to create a digital research infrastructure for the humanities and cultural studies. For that purpose, DARIAH-DE supports research in the humanities and cultural studies that works with digital methods and procedures with a research infrastructure consisting of four pillars:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Research Data
  • Technical components.

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the partners involved in DARIAH-DE have established a digital and distributed research infrastructure with diverse services for the humanities and cultural studies in three funding phases from March 2011 to February 2019. 16 national partners as well as other Memorandum-of-Understanding partners have transferred the basic services underlying the infrastructure into sustainable continuous operation within the framework of the DARIAH-DE operational cooperation (March 2019 to February 2021). The operational cooperation was an integral part of the BMBF-funded collaborative project CLARIAH-DE (March 2019 to September 2021), which combined the different services of the two initiatives CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE into a shared digital infrastructure. DARIAH-DE will be continued in the association "Geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungsinfrastrukturen e.V." as a transformation of TextGrid e.V.. Various parts of the DARIAH-DE offerings are also anchored in the NFDI initiatives Text+, NFDI4Culture, NFDI4Memory and NFDI4Objects.

Operational coordniation

Zeitlicher Überblick: DARIAH-DE und CLARIAH-DE Projektphasen sowie der Verein "Geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungsinfrastrukturen e.V."

DARIAH-DE in Kürze


Within the framework of the DARIAH-DE operating cooperation, the participating partners offer different services that can be assigned to six task fields. The sustainability strategy of CLARIAH-DE provides for the continuation of the services in the association "Geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungsinfrastrukturen e.V.".


  • Creation of materials for teaching, workshops, TG trainings, online tutorials, OERCommons, DH-Tech, bibliography, TaDiRAH taxonomy care
  •  Publications: Working papers, blog posts etc.
  •  Workshops on the DARIAH-DE services
  •  Organization of conferences and presentations at topic-relevant third-party conferences, user meetings, documentation of best practices, user scenarios, guidelines, workflows, style guide
  •  Public relations: social media, blog editing, website editing, flyers, etc.


  1. Operation
  2. Development 
  3. Support
  4. Assessment (Service Lifecycle)
  5. Helpdesk
  6. Account and ticket Management


  • Provision of own data
  • Research and description of data collections


  • Expert workshops
  • Doctrine
  • Consulting ("On site", specialist community, specialist information services and specialist societies, projects)


  • Office (incl. coordination of the operating cooperation, cooperation with CLARIN-D within the framework of CLARIAH-DE)
  • Organization (incl. Administration)
  • cooperation requests


  • National Coordination (representation NCC)
  • Management of Virtual Competency Centres (VCC) 
  • Working Groups
  • Entry Maintenance for the Course Registry

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 governance structure of DARIAH-DE is mainly based on three bodies::

  • The DARIAH Steering Committee is the shared central decision-making body of all active DARIAH-DE partners

  • The DARIAH-DE Coordination Office coordinates DARIAH-DE as national node of DARIAH-ERIC and is located at the Göttingen State and University Library of Lower Saxony

  • DARIAH-DE as part of the association "Geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungsinfrastrukturen e.V.": According to the statutes of the association, the "national nodes to European research infrastructures in the humanities" are coordinated there. As national node for European research infrastructures in the humanities, DARIAH-DE's services are part of the association's catalog of services and jointly supervised by the association's Coordination Council (cf. § 11 of the association's statutes).

Trust in digital research infrastructures is the basic prerequisite for its use and also forms the basis for the cultural shift towards FAIR principles and Open Access. Such trust is significantly strengthened by the sustainability factor.

CLARIAH-DE, as a merger of the two established research infrastructures CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE, created a sustainable structure for the humanities and cultural studies communities. To this end, a sustainability strategy was formulated that promotes and increases the further development and networking of research infrastructures in the humanities and cultural sciences in Germany and Europe. In order to achieve this goal, CLARIAH-DE, together with its partners and other interested parties, initiated an association transformation based on the already existing association TextGrid e.V. The legal form of an association offers the advantage of enabling the greatest possible participation of those using and offering the services as well as interdisciplinary and international participation.

Information on the transformation and structure of the association as well as on membership is provided on the website of the TextGrid association.

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