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Das Team von CLARIAH-DE bei der Vollversammlung am 14./15.11. in Tübingen (Foto: Friedhelm Albrecht).
The CLARIAH-DE team at the general assembly on 14/15 November 2019 in Tübingen (Image: Friedhelm Albrecht).

Project Description

CLARIAH-DE is the merger of the two research infrastructure networks CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE. Over a period of two years (2019-2021), the project will merge the two established research infrastructures. In this way, researchers from the Humanities and cultural sciences will be able to work with complex digital tools and special data sets in a much easier manner.

The Project

Over the last few years, the two partners CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE have created a number of content-related and technological foundations to support the Humanities in many different research fields. With the help of CLARIAH-DE, the two partners’ services regarding technical infrastructures, repositories, research and teaching services will be further aligned, integrated, further developed and jointly maintained in the future. At the same time, CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE will continue to maintain their existing services and repositories. In total, twelve institutions are participating as executive partners in CLARIAH-DE and thirteen additional institutions are included in the operation of infrastructures (additional partners). The project thus reaches a broad spectrum of different research activities at universities, non-university institutions and in the private sector.


CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE share a common interest in the digital exploration of textual and linguistic sources from the perspective of the Humanities and cultural studies. The two consortia have each specialised in specific research areas for more than a decade. The aim of CLARIN-D is to establish a network of centres closely linked to selected disciplines as the backbone of a research infrastructure - especially for researchers in the Humanities and social sciences. The disciplines cover a wide range of the Humanities, for which language resources play a central role in research. DARIAH-DE supports research in the Humanities and cultural sciences working with digital methods and procedures with a broad research infrastructure, which consists of the four pillars teaching, research, research data and technical components.

Their merger in CLARIAH-DE is an important milestone towards a common space for cooperative digitally supported research in the Humanities, cultural studies and social sciences in Germany and Europe. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to contribute to the further development of national research infrastructures.

Governance and Project Implementation in Work Packages

The implementation and development of CLARIAH-DE is ensured through the interaction of strategic, operational and participatory bodies. Together, they strike a balance between the technical requirements of infrastructure and the research-driven needs of science. The overall coordination lies jointly with the University of Tübingen and the SUB Göttingen. The CLARIAH-DE network is advised by an Advisory Board.

Its members are:


The Work Packages

The substantive work within CLARIAH-DE is divided into six work packages (German: Arbeitspaket, abbreviated to AP), which are carried out by teams of researchers from both partners.

Work Package 1 – Research Data, Standards and Procedures

Inevitably, the handling of data as a mutual concern of the two infrastructural projects CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE involves some overlap and complementary developments - and thus offers potential for synergies. Therefore, since 2019, both infrastructures and their processes and standards have been consolidated within CLARIAH-DE. Building on earlier collaborations and coordinated activities, the developments that had hitherto occurred concurrently will become interoperable in the future.

This will be made possible, among other things, by the harmonisation of standards and procedures for the creation, processing and archiving of data and tools within Work Package (WP) 1. The texts of the Digital Library in the TextGrid Repository (TGR) will be transformed into the basic format of the German Text Archive (Basisformat des Deutschen Textarchivs or DTABf). Thus, the annotations of both large text collections will be standardised in terms of format, which means that the collections of the TGR can also be explored using the tools developed within the DTA or by CLARIN-D.

While the DTABf is already established as a pivot format for text collections, especially for full texts of historical printed works, newspapers and manuscripts with a simple structure, CLARIAH-DE is also evaluating it as a standard for editions. We are examining how to connect collections with sufficient heterogeneity to the DARIAH-DE Data Federation Architecture via the Data Modeling Environment.

Task- and Co-Taskleaders
CLARIAH-DE Kickofftreffen am 8. April 2019 in Mannheim (Foto: Dr. A. Trabold für das IDS Mannheim; Lizenz CC BY-SA 4.0)
The CLARIAH-DE team at the Kickoff-Meeting in Mannheim on April 8, 2019
(Image: Dr. A. Trabold for the IDS Mannheim; License CC BY-SA 4.0)

International Network

CLARIAH-DE is closely linked to the European development through its two partners. CLARIN-D is part of CLARIN - European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology and DARIAH-DE is the German partner of the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU). Both are thus each part of a European Research Infrastructure (ERIC).


A leaflet about CLARIAH-DE is available for download as PDF.


Project description, work packages, governance, project partners


CLARIAH-DE is a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), grant no. 01UG1610 A to I.

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