Representing Entity: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
National Representative: Klaus Schindel
National Coordinating Institution: Göttingen State and University Library
National Coordinator: Mirjam Blümm
National priorities for digital arts and humanities
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has supported digital arts and humanities from an early stage. In 2006, for example, the BMBF began to sponsor the development of TextGrid, one of the first Virtual Research Environments for the Arts and Humanities in Germany. DARIAH-DE itself has received funding since 2011 for the development of a research infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.
Within its framework programme “Freiraum für die Geisteswissenschaften” (“Scope for the Humanities”) from 2007 till 2012, the BMBF launched a call in 2011 for eHumanities projects of which six cooperated with DARIAH-DE and TextGrid. With its current Framework Programme for the Humanities, Cultural Sciences and Social Sciences (2013-2017 and 2014-2018), the BMBF continues its strategy of support.
DARIAH-DE supports digitally-enabled research and teaching in the arts and humanities. For this purpose, the project is developing a research infrastructure in support of services and research data as well as materials for research and teaching in the Digital Humanities (DH).
DARIAH-DE focuses on the integration of and networking with DH research projects and initiatives, for example via the dhd-blog.org, a blog on DH topics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Accordingly, one of the key activities of DARIAH-DE is community building and outreach, based on the four components of the DARIAH-DE research infrastructure:
– Seminars and workshops geared towards researchers at all levels to
establish the use and methods of Digital Humanities in academic disciplines
(i.e. workshops on methods, colloquia for experts, workshops for academics
and summer schools)
– Teaching and training materials
– Research on and development of DH methods and practices (e.g. use cases for quantitative data analysis and research annotations)
– Development of and access to academic services and tools (e.g. Geo- Browser, MEI Score Editor; associated projects include Monasterium, Person Data Repository, Virtuelles Skriptorium, …)
3. Research data
– Diverse options for dealing with research data / data management (e.g. assembling and describing research data collections in the Collection Registry; storing of data in the DARIAH-DE Repository, modeling metadata in the Data Modeling Environment, licensing and legal aspects; recommendation and development of standards; best practices in dealing with metadata and research data; ontologies; …)
4. Technical infrastructure
– Infrastructure and software components, tools and services for DH research projects, researchers and developers (e.g. collaborative working environments such as wiki and development tools; virtual machines; PID service; monitoring; AAI; …)
DARIAH-DE consists of a national consortium with 19 partners from the fields of information technology as well as the arts and humanities. The collaboration with the CLARIN-D project has been strengthened since 2016. DARIAH-DE will continually strive to involve more disciplines and put DARIAH on a broader basis in the coming years.
Participation in DARIAH-EU
DARIAH-DE is engaged in DARIAH-EU as co-chair of VCC4 and co-chair of VCC1. Furthermore, DARIAH-DE is leading / co-leading the DARIAH-EU working groups FIM4D (Federated Identity Management for DARIAH), Impact factors and success criteria, Text and Data Analytics, and the WG defining cloud infrastructure services for DH.
We are deeply interested in staying involved in the activities of all VCCs and Working Groups in the future and hope to contribute as much of its expertise, tools and services as would best serve the needs of DARIAH-EU. DARIAH-DE’s vision is that since Digital Humanities do not stop at national borders, DH activities must continue to be community driven and to be based on cooperation across Europe for the benefit of all.
- Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
- Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- DAASI International
- German Archaeological Institute
- Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz
- Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
- Max Planck Computing and Data Facility
- Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
- Max Weber Foundation
- Open Knowledge Foundation
- Research Centre Jülich – Jülich Supercomputing Centre
- Society for Scientific Data Processing (GWDG)
- Steinheim Institute for German-Jewish Studies at University of Duisburg-Essen
- Technical University of Darmstadt – Digital Humanities Team
- University of Bamberg (Chair of Media informatics)
- University of Göttingen – Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
- University of Würzburg – Chair of Computer Philology and Modern German Literary History