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Through the subproject Sustainable Research Infrastructures in Historical Research on Europe, the IEG participates in the national project network DARIAH-DE (which is headed by Göttingen State and University Library) within the European consortium DARIAH-EU and represents the disciplines of historical studies and theology in this.
DARIAH-DE supports research employing digital methods and processes in the humanities and cultural studies. The research infrastructure of DARIAH-DE consists of four pillars: teaching, research, research data and technical infrastructure. As a partner in DARIAH-EU, DARIAH-DE contributes to the pooling and networking of state-of-the-art activities in digital humanities Europe-wide. For example, academics in the humanities use DARIAH to make data accessible and usable Europe-wide. In this way, DARIAH assists the exchange of knowledge and expertise across the disciplines and enhances the possibility of discovering new academic discourses (source: Steckbrief DARIAH-DE).

Academics in the humanities use DARIAH for example

  • to make data accessible and usable Europe-wide
  • to exchange knowledge, expertise, methodologies and cross-disciplinary practices
  • to ensure the use of accepted standards and best practice
  • for innovative and/or experimental collaborations with other researchers.

The project is part-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung – BMBF).

The aim of the IEG subproject is to

  • participate in the establishment and development of standardizations and meta-data standards for primary research data and its long-term digital archiving
  • test and further develop digital research methods and tools – both in the project network DARIAH-EU/DARIAH-DE and in collaboration with the research areas and academics of the IEG
  • design and provide curricular offerings for further education for young and established academics, in order to impart key qualifications and digital methods of digital humanities directly to academics in the area of historical research on Europe.

In the first project phase (2011–2014), the Institute participated among other things in the tasks of establishing a picture of the range of courses in digital humanities. The result was a brochure about the undergraduate and doctoral courses available in the German-speaking countries. The IEG also worked on the “Research data” work package and did conceptual work in order to clarify the widespread (meta)data and formats in the humanities, and to establish the potential for interoperability for the research questions of the humanities.
In the second project phase (2014–2016), the IEG participated in two areas of focus. In its collaboration in the “Academic Collections – Research Data” area of focus, the IEG helped to develop recommendations for academics in the humanities and cultural studies for the processing and use of digital research data and academic collections. In the “Big Data in the Humanities” area of focus, the IEG was involved in the development and the sample use of thematically-confined controlled vocabularies. “The prototype of the labelling system offers academics in the various disciplines the option of creating terms with context-specific validity, of refining them, of grouping them in containers (vocabularies) and of sharing them with the research community” (source: Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, Mainz). The prototype was developed further in 2016 and 2017 in the mainzed network. Additionally, the IEG participated in the technical feasibility study for the identification of mobility factors from biographical data and the development of the digital tool CosmoTool, which generates biographical profiles using data from a variety of sources. This is designed to enable the automatic identification of correlations between persons, places and events.
In the third project phase (2016–2019), work on the CosmoTool continues in collaboration with the Department of Media Informatics of the University of Bamberg. The aim is to expand the application function and application areas of the CosmoTool so that group-specific profiles can be aggregated and questions relating to the history of ideas can be incorporated.

The IEG currently collaborates with the following partners in the DARIAH-DE project network (in alphabetical order by location):

Further information is available on the DARIAH-DE Portal, which also provides information on further offerings and options for using the digital infrastructure.

Project management: Joachim Berger (20112012, 2017), Michael Piotrowski (20122016), Marco Büchler (2017–2019)
Project team: Stefan Schmunk (20112012), Felix Saurbier (2012), Marcus Held (20122015), Anna Aurast (20132015), Claudia Falk (20152016), Anna Aschauer (since 2016)