Text+, which is one of 26 consortia, was instituted in October 2021. It aims to establish a research data infrastructure for the humanities and other text-based fields of study, with a focus on linguistic and textual data. A wide spectrum of disciplines is represented by the consortium’s 34 partner institutions. These include not only universities and research libraries but also data centres, academic institutes and computing centres. One main focus of the consortium’s work is the further development of standards and best practices for dealing with research data, and this is accomplished in cooperation with research communities and academic societies, networks and specialised information services.
Text+ is currently divided into the three data domains: collections, lexical resources and editions. As a competence centre in the data domain editions (coordinated by the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste), the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) participates in the clusters ‘Ancient and Medieval Texts’ and ‘Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary Texts’. As part of its work in these clusters, the HAB makes available data, tools and services, while also providing comprehensive coordinated consulting – an area where the HAB is able to bring in its considerable expertise. Additionally, the HAB is also taking the lead in establishing a curated registry of editions that will offer users and editors structured access to the great number of available resources. This registry will not be limited to digital editions but will also include printed editions.
Through its involvement in sections of the NFDI e.V. and its membership of the association Geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungsinfrastrukturen e.V. (GKFI e.V., Research Infrastructures in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, formerly known as TextGrid e.V.), the HAB is also closely involved with cross-cutting subjects that intersect with the work of other consortia.
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
Duration: October 2021 – September 2026
Project participants: Daniela Schulz, Dr Hartmut Beyer (contact)