CLARIAH-DE is a project running from 2019 to 2021 under the auspices of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF). It is designed to amalgamate the two established research infrastructure associations for the humanities and cultural studies, CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE, in order to enable interoperability between the two platforms, which were originally developed independently of each other. Establishing uniform standards and workflows for creating, processing, archiving and (re)using data will make it easier for researchers to utilise complex digital tools. The project thus makes an active contribution to the development of the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (National Research Data Infrastructure, NFDI).

In the first funding phase, which ended in March 2021, the HAB was involved in the work package ‘Research Data, Standards and Procedures’, which set out to merge textual resources in the associations’ existing repositories, the Deutsches Textarchiv (German Text Archive, DTA) and the TextGrid Repositories (TextGridRep). Emphasis was placed on evaluating the basic format of the Deutsches Textarchiv (DTABf) as a potential exchange or prototype format for digital editions. In addition to handouts and coding recommendations for creating new editions and converting existing ones into the DTABf format, a catalogue of criteria for the cross-institutional recording and categorisation of digital editions (the edition matrix or EdMa) was developed on the basis of the evaluation and relevant key literature. The results can be accessed on the CLARIAH-DE website (see Publications and other sections).

In the six-month continuation phase (April to September 2021) the Herzog August Bibliothek – together with Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (Göttingen State and University Library of Lower Saxony, SUB), the Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (Leibniz Institute for the German Language, IDS), the Chair of Media Informatics at the Universität Bamberg, and the Universität Tübingen – focused on the working project of ‘Interoperability of Data and Metadata’. Harmonising different databases and developing or adapting tools for finding and reusing research data was another core task during this phase. However, the focus shifted from the genuinely textual to multimodal data, including oral history, interviews, podcasts, tutorials, audio editions, etc. In this context, a stocktaking or needs assessment was required to determine the formats of the available multimodal data, the kinds of metadata produced, the subject-specific standards, tools and procedures used and the requirements of the various communities who wish to utilise the data.


Funding: BMBF
Duration: March 2019 – March 2021; March – September 2021
Project participants: Dr Hartmut Beyer (contact), Daniela Schulz (team member)