CLARIAH-DE: Joint Services of CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE

Mission Statement

CLARIAH-DE is a contribution to the digital research infrastructure for the Humanities and other disciplines. Due to the merger of the infrastructures CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE, added value is created for researchers in CLARIAH-DE: existing offers and services are further developed and jointly made available in accordance with the FAIR principles Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The portfolio includes the sustainable provision of research data, technical infrastructures, digital tools and virtual research environments for the Humanities, information and teaching material, as well as instructions on standards and proceedings.

With its offer, CLARIAH-DE provides building blocks for a national research data infrastructure (German: “Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur” (NFDI)) and is part of the NFDI initiative Text+ for language- and text-based research data. Text+ especially focuses on digital collections, lexical resources including dictionaries, as well as editions. CLARIAH-DE promotes the visibility, cooperation and interconnection of researchers in an international context and is closely interlinked with CLARIN and DARIAH, which are both a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).


CLARIAH-DE is the merger of the two research infrastructure networks CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE. In this joint project, the two established research infrastructures will be merged over the course of two years (2019-2021). Thus, academic endeavours of researchers from the humanities and cultural sciences who work with complex digital tools and special data repositories shall be substantially facilitated.

The General Assembly is an important forum for discussing the work of the project itself and for deepening cooperation beyond the scope of the project. The General Assembly brings together CLARIAH-DE, CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE staff once a year. In 2019, it took place on 14-15 November in Tübingen (organisational notes).

CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE are connected through their interest in the digital investigation of textual and linguistic sources from the perspective of the humanities and cultural sciences. Both networks have specialised on particular research areas for about a decade. The aim of CLARIN-D is the establishment of a network of centres intimately entwined with particular disciplines, which shall then serve as a backbone of a research infrastructure for researchers in the humanities and social sciences in particular. The different disciplines cover a wide array of the Humanities for which linguistic resources play a major role in research. DARIAH-DE on the other hand, supports research working with digital methods and procedures in the humanities and cultural sciences with a broad research infrastructure consisting of the four pillars teaching, research, research data and technical components.

The consolidation of the two networks’ infrastructures into CLARIAH-DE is an important milestone on the way to a shared space for the cooperative, digitally supported research in the humanities and the cultural and social sciences in Germany and Europe. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and aims to contribute to the further development of the national research infrastructures.


Ein Leaflet of CLARIAH-DE for download as PDF.