Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
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Paris, France

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Building reflective societies and tackling societal challenges cannot be achieved with technology alone: humanistic knowledge is essential if we want to understand the present, contextualise the past and imagine a future. Humanistic disciplines encourage critical thinking while providing the tools for curating meaningful change. This is why DARIAH’s vision of the arts and humanities being anchored at the centre of a technologically evolving knowledge society is so important: it extends far beyond the ivory towers of academia. DARIAH's mission to empower research communities with digital methods to create, connect and share knowledge about culture and society is interdisciplinary by nature and collaborative by design. By coordinating infrastructural efforts in 22 member countries and across a network of more than 300 partner institutions (along with 19 cooperating partners in 11 non-member countries), DARIAH plays a pivotal role in facilitating access to knowledge, data and services in the European Research Area. Researchers in the arts and humanities (A&H) come from many backgrounds: they are steeped in different epistemic cultures, and work across languages, data types and media. To cater to such a diverse audience, DARIAH fosters a culture of cross-sectoral collaboration among humanists, technologists, data managers and cultural heritage experts. This collaborative, holistic and integrated approach ensures that DARIAH can effectively support the digital needs of a wide-ranging community of scholars. DARIAH actively advances the frontiers of science and technology through its four strategic pillars. 1) Delivering state-of-the-art services: DARIAH maintains an extensive catalogue of more than 200 tools and services designed to support digitally-enabled A&H research. 2) Providing high-quality training and education: DARIAH substantially complements and contextualises the technical provision of services by organising various training measures, including workshops, summer schools, master classes, hackathons, etc. 3) Strengthening transnational and transdisciplinary communities: DARIAH establishes and operates innovative organisational frameworks such as Working Groups, Regional Hubs and Cooperating Partnerships. These structures encourage communities to self-organise around emerging research topics, while DARIAH supports them by providing communication channels, funding, networking and mobility opportunities. 4) Overcoming barriers in research policy: DARIAH is a vocal advocate of digital A&H scholars in ongoing Open Science policy debates around Europe and is active in various initiatives and bodies such as SSHOC, EOSC, or ERIC Forum.
Total Investment 10 M€ Design Preparation 3,7 M€ Implementation 3,3 M€ Operation 3 M€/year Project Landmark 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 RM06 RM08 RM10 RM16 RM18 RM21 LA24
Roadmap Entry
as project: 2006
as landmark: 2016
Total investment
10 M€
Design Phase
Preparation Phase
3,7 M€
Implementation Phase
3,3 M€
Operation start
3 M€/year
The socio-economic impact of arts and humanities cannot be measured in economic terms alone even though such impact is not negligible if we look at the value creation in the creative industries or the tourism sector, for instance. The digital arts and humanities (A&H) are positioned at the centre of an intellectual and technological vortex: by exploring our history, culture, values and beliefs through the lens of critical thinking, A&H disciplines can help us understand, question and reflect upon the crucial elements of our identities, while, at the same time, the use of digital methods can help us push the boundaries of accessibility, inclusion and innovation. A compelling quantitative indicator of DARIAH’s economic impact is the return on investment, i.e. the funding leveraged by DARIAH national consortia, which is captured as one of our KPIs. In 2022, the total funding leveraged amounted to 25.7 million €. Furthermore, DARIAH contributes substantially to the upskilling of Early Career Researchers through training events such as summer schools, hackathons and the international mobility of researchers through Transnational Access (TNA) fellowships. This contributes to strengthening the emerging workforce and digital literacy of arts and humanities graduates in DARIAH Member countries and beyond. Understanding the challenges inherent in tracing impact, compounded by DARIAH's strict adherence to the principles of Open Access and the inherently implicit and long-term nature of the intended impact, ever since 2020 we have been collecting Impact Case Studies as pivotal qualitative components of our annual reporting.
As a distributed infrastructure, consisting of an interconnected network of nodes with central coordination, DARIAH ERIC acts as a broker between the research communities and the network of institutional partners providing the services. These 200+ tools and services support researchers in all stages of the research process — creation, discovery, enrichment, processing, analysis, visualisation and publication, and correspondingly cover a wide range of service types: data repositories, catalogues, services for processing, analysing and visualising data, as well as platforms for knowledge sharing and scholarly communication. The strategy for sustainability of the service offer is also one of the drivers behind the DARIAH service policy, which defines procedures for managing services in the DARIAH distributed environment. It distinguishes two main categories of services, core and community services. Core services (12) are mature services owned by DARIAH ERIC and operated primarily by DARIAH partner institutions. These services enable the infrastructure to carry out its mission and support its strategic priorities. Examples include DARIAH-Campus, a platform for hosting or discovering open educational resources, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Marketplace, a globally recognised discovery portal operated by DARIAH in collaboration with CESSDA and CLARIN as a major contribution to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Community services (220) are owned by one or more DARIAH partner institutions and are contributions from the national nodes to the ERIC, or outcomes of projects or other DARIAH-affiliated activities, especially the DARIAH Working Groups.
D I G I T E N E E N V H & F P S E
Collaboration is strategically and structurally embedded into DARIAH’s activities. DARIAH was one of the first RIs to champion the idea of shared services across research infrastructures: DARIAH maintains the SSH Open Marketplace together with CESSDA and CLARIN, and the DH Course Registry, together with CLARIN. Also with CLARIN, DARIAH has supported numerous joint events, workshops, initiatives or TwinTalks at major DH conferences. Over the years, DARIAH has also worked closely and productively with OPERAS, both in various projects and as members of OPERAS AISBL. Following the end of the Horizon 2020 SSHOC project in April 2022, DARIAH signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four other ESFRI Landmarks (CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS and SHARE) establishing the Governing Board of the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cluster (SSHOC) and renewing its commitment to the work initiated during the funded project. DARIAH has also played a significant role in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) for several years now. DARIAH is a member of the EOSC Association, and actively participated in the EOSC Future project, where it led the task on the integration of RI services from all five science clusters.