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Fig. 1: Organisational Infrastructure and Long-Term-Operation of the DARIAH-DE Repository


The DARIAH-DE Repository is operated by the Humanities Data Centre (HDC) to ensure its long-term sustainability. The HDC has been founded explicitly for this purpose by the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) and the Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen mbH (GWDG), which operates as computing centre and IT-competence centre for the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Society. Both institutions guarantee the long-term stability and sustainability of the repository in addition and if necessary independently of public project funding – as publicly declared in their founding manifesto.

The DARIAH-DE Repository is since 2016 part of the DARIAH-DE Research Infrastructure which offers a variety of services and tools – the DARIAH-DE Repository is one of them. Additionally, the operation of the repository is ensured until the end of 2021 by a DARIAH-DE operating cooperation between all consortium members. It’s a legally binding cooperation agreement to keep services and tools of DARIAH-DE running for the transition phase into the planned long-term funded national research infrastructure for 2021.

The SUB and GWDG as founders of the HDC are also important consortium members of DARIAH-DE. While the SUB is responsible for the administrative coordination of the operating cooperation, the GWDG takes the responsibility for the technical coordination.

The specific governance structure of the DARIAH-DE operating cooperation ensures that disciplinary and technical innovations are taken into account and implemented to an appropriate extent, The DARIAH steering committee is the joint central decision-making body at cooperation level. In monthly telephone conferences, it discusses and decides about strategic developments and potential disciplinary innovations of the DARIAH-DE Infrastructure, including the DARIAH-DE Repository.

The DARIAH-DE-Coordination Office coordinates the DARIAH-DE operational cooperation and is located at the SUB. It also documents the DARIAH steering committee’s decisions.

Associated projects provide additional resources in means of financial and human resources for proposing and developing specific extensions. The most prominent one for the transition phase into the national research infrastructure is CLARIAH-DE, where the DARIAH-DE and the CLARIN-D consortia are involved and preparing the next steps in terms of integration and developing their service portfolio.

CLARIAH-DE consists of partners of CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE and is in constant exchange with the DARIAH-DE steering committee.


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