DARIAH started its journey to become an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in January 2006 when representatives from four European institutions involved in digital humanities decided to join forces to provide services to their research communities. This would require setting up a consortium of institutions to ensure long-term sustainability of the infrastructure and a strong voice on a European level.
In 2006, DARIAH was listed on the first publication of the ESFRI Roadmap (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure). DARIAH then became a European project, thanks to funding secured under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), for its preparatory phase called Preparing DARIAH (2008-2011). Following this, DARIAH moved in February 2011 into a transition phase which would further build on the groundwork for its establishment as an infrastructure.
In August 2014, the European Commission established DARIAH as an ERIC with 15 Founding Members (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Serbia). DARIAH was awarded Landmark Status in the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap as a Research Infrastructure that reached its implementation phase and was considered a pan-European hub of scientific excellence.
As of January 2020, DARIAH has 19 Member Countries and 26 Cooperating Partners in 8 non-member countries.
2006: DARIAH at the ESFRI Roadmap
2008-2011: Preparatory phase – Project Preparing DARIAH
2011-2013: Transition phase
August 2014: DARIAH is established as an ERIC
August 2014-August 2019: Implementation phase of DARIAH ERIC
Since September 2019: Operational phase of DARIAH ERIC