Working Groups

Working groups are joint activities in DARIAH. They are self-organised and work in a strategic area that is defined by DARIAH's Virtual Competence Centers.

Their activites are complementary to individual contributions from DARIAH members. Working groups always have a certain purpose: They lead to services for the community, which can be scholarly, technical, editorial or organisational. This means, they contribute to building up and extending the DARIAH infrastructure.

Overview of DARIAH working groups
Below you find a list of DARIAH working groups, which have been approved by the the DARIAH Senior Management Team (SMT). Click on the names to find basic information on what they do and contact points to get in touch with the groups.

More details in the DARIAH wiki
More detailed information can be found on the DARIAH wiki. The respective article of each working group is linked in the descriptions you find below. If you do not have access to the DARIAH wiki please send an email to, subject DARIAH-EU wiki. Please mention your name, email address and which DARIAH country you work for, e.g. DARIAH-AT, DARIAH-BE, DARIAH-CY etc.

  • Text and Data Analytics
    WG Text and Data Analytics aims at developing and demonstrating methodologies for applying natural language processing to humanities research questions.
    The working group seeks to teach humanities scholars the different technologies, tools and analytical results. The WG will provide guides to specific best practices, an inventory of successful applications of prominent tools, it will also demonstrate specific examples of services, which can be used in Digital Humanities scholarship. WG Text and Data Analytics invites participation both from the Humanist and Technologist disciplines. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Mike Kestemont and Fotis Jannidis
  • Meta-Registry: An Integrated Registry Service
    The working group "Meta-Registry" aims at providing an overview of registries in the humanities.
    WG Meta-Registry also gathers information on guidelines and services for setting up registries. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Dimitris Gavrilis
  • Visual Media and Interactivity
    The Working Group on Visual Media and Interactivity builds a contact point for DARIAH members that are interested in the use of visual media and interactivity.
    The working group addresses people who are interested in the use of visual media and interactivity as a focus of their studies as well as a means to drive their research and dissemination activities further.In the working goup's understanding the term Visual Media encompasses therefore any of the following: 2D images, enhanced image types, 3D models, video, terrain and GIS. Even though these are common resources in Digital Humanities (DH), the average knowledge of DH scholars on the topic is still low. Further efforts to increase awareness on impact and practical use of those media and of the related tools are needed. You can visit the working group's website to browse, add or comment on the tool of your choice here. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Roberto Scopigno and Lars Wieneke
  • WG Defining Cloud Infrastructure Services for DH
    The WG aims to minimize the gap between the needs of Arts and Humanities research and cloud- and grid services as offered by different providers.
    This will be achieved by collecting and analysing requirements (using surveys, interviews), promoting existing services and opportunities (by prodividing demonstrators and by providing guidance and training) and liaising (by discussing conditions / guidelines for DARIAH). Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Maarten Hoogerwerf, Eveline Wandl-Vogt and Tibor Kálmán
  • FIM4D: Federated Identity Management for DARIAH
    The WG aims at disseminating information about an Authorization Infrastructure (AAI), which has been set up within DARIAH-DE.
    Using this AAI researchers only need to be connected to an institution that is integrated in one of the national federations, such as ACOnet Identity Fedeartion (AT), Belnet Federation (BE), Fédération Éducation-Recherche (FR), DFN-AAI (DE), SURFconext (NL). Also researchers that are not affiliated with a federated institution can log in via a DARIAH account. A group based privilege management allows for fine-grained authorization to the single services.

    The WG FIM4D will also set up a number of pilots to integrate services from different DARIAH countries into this infrastructure and address a number of challenges coming with it: better integration of the campus Identity Provider, better consistency in the usage of attributes, better transparency of the levels of trust and interoperability with other AAI infrastructures in Arts, humanities and social sciences. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Peter Gietz.
  • Training and Education
    This Working Group aims to provide and promote training for researchers in the methods, tools, and approaches needed to engage with the digital environment in a humanities context.

    The Working Group „Training and Education“ focuses in particular on:
    - the organisation and promotion of international summer school programs;
    - the development of collaborative, consortium-wide online training materials;
    - and activities that foster a better understanding of teaching DH across disciplinary, institutional, linguistic, and cultural borders.

    As an essential part of its mission, the Working Group will design, implement and oversee an open-source, multilingual platform for sharing, disseminating and preserving digital humanities reference curricula and training materials as part of the Erasmus+ funded project #DARIAHteach.

    We work in close relationship with other partners in DARIAH-EU (especially in VCC1) to demonstrate that DH teaching is a crucial factor in developing a DH research infrastructure.

    Another core service developed by this Working Group is the DH Course Registry, an online, open and constantly growing database of DH teaching in Europe (and beyond). We are also contributing to and in exchange with similar groups related to Digital pedagogy in various DH umbrella organizations, like the ADHO, the DHd etcetera, with a special focus on both the creation, sharing and dissemination of related resources and the international exchange and harmonization of (reference) DH curricula, courses and programmes. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Claire Clivaz, Toma Tasovac and Walter Scholger.
  • Digital Methods and Practices Observatory (DiMPO)
    DiMPO will develop and provide an evidence-based, up-to-date, and pragmatically useful account of the emerging information practices.
    The working group gathers information on needs and attitudes of arts and humanities researchers in the evolving European digital scholarly environment. DiMPO seeks to achieve this objective through the inception of a longitudinal mixed methods research and monitoring programme on the information practices and scholarly methods employed in digitally-enabled arts and humanities work across Europe, and through the digital dissemination, validation and enrichment of research outcomes by the scholarly community.

    The working group takes forward the results and collective expertise of DARIAH VCC2 Task 2 - Understanding and expanding scholarly practice. It leverages earlier work on scholarly information behaviour, computational methods taxonomies and scholarly activity modeling, and builds on the first version of a digital methods ontology (NeMO) developed in collaboration with the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDIMAH). Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Costis Dallas.
  • Analyzing and Linking Biographical Data
    This workgroup’s main aim is to exchange information between researchers from various fields working on biographies and digital technology.
    The WG particularly focusses on bringing together researchers from humanities and social science who have an interest in studying biographies and researchers working on natural language processing and semantic web technologies who can provide new ways of looking at the data. Central questions around this topic are: What can we do already with computational methods with the huge amount of digital biographical data that is available? What will we be able to do in the future? What will we not be able to do? Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Antske Fokkens, and Eveline Wandl-Vogt.
  • Lexical Resources
    This working group explores tools and methods to deal with born-digital and retro-digized lexical resources.
    The WG assess and recommends standard tools and methods for the creation, application and dissemination of born-digital and retro-digized lexical resources (dictionaries, lexicons, thesauri, word lists etc.) as well as other, similar kinds of structured data (gazetteers, almanacs, encyclopaedias etc.). It also fosters, develops and publicizes digitally-enabled lexicographic research from a cross-disciplinary and transnational perspective.

    The WG will focus on the application and explication of existing standards, both onomasiological (TMF, TBX and SKOS) and semasiological (LMF, TEI, and Ontolex); draw upon the expertise of various DARIAH partners who are active in this field; and collaborate with relevant external projects and associations, such as the European Network of e-Lexicography (ENeL) and CLARIN in order to ascertain the widest possible reach of the Working Group’s results. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Laurent Romary, Toma Tasovac and Eveline Wandl-Vogt.
  • Community Engagement
    The working group Community Engagement runs a DARIAH blog and regularly organises expert seminars and workshops.
    Engagement with digital tools, methods and content is an emerging practice for a majority of Arts and Humanities research practitioners. The best method for stimulating engagement, increasing awareness and creative use of the large volume of research data being digitised across Europe and elsewhere, as well as promoting research infrastructures, is to support communities of researchers in coming together to learn one from another and express their needs. The WG supports this with online publications and offering training opportunities. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Agiatis Benardou and Aurélien Berra.
  • Digital Annotation
    The goal of the working group will be to evaluate the growing and still diversifying field of annotating.
    The WG will also formalize the outcome of these activities into objects (see list below) which improves the conditions to produce useful and meaningful annotations, to consume annotation data in a reasonable and comprehensible way and to minimize the effort for the implementation of interoperable and best practice oriented annotation services. Read more in the DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Harald Lordick and Niels-Oliver Walkowski.
  • Image Science and Media Art Research
    The working group develops interactive and collaborative web-based archive structures for media art.
    This is done with special regard to the expanded, but often neglected concept of documentation that media art requires. A second goal is to create special web-based analytical and thesaurus tools based on an Image Science approach.
    The WG considers those tools being very important for the following reasons: Over the last fifty years, Digital Media Art has evolved into a vivid contemporary factor and it often thematizes huge challenges for our societies. The intricate topics of media art can be analyzed sufficiently with image science that provide an interdisciplinary approach and a critical historical perspective.

    Because of missing preservation, documentation strategies and insufficient institutional support of media art in the past, an appropriate scientific structure for documentation and further preservation of the main digital artistic production must be established. This is especially necessary due to the fact that media art depends entirely on digital storage methods that quickly become obsolete. The urgent need for a sustainable information infrastructure and for the internationalization of media art research is expressed in the Liverpool declaration from 2011. DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Oliver Grau.
  • CENDARI Sustain
    This working group investigates how DARIAH can contribute to the sustainability of research infrastructure projects developed in coordination with it.
    CENDARI is one of those projects. It has always tried to move in step with DARIAH, and has provided a testbed on numerous occasions for the development of good working relations between a term-limited project and the overarching, durable ERIC. Examples of this have included the MOU-based shared data license, the shared publication on scholarly publishing, and the work toward better practice in promoting sustainability from the conceptualisation phase of new projects, among other initiatives. As CENDARI completes its initial funded phase of activity, it seeks to test the utility of the WG mechanism as a platform for promoting the sustainability of a research community beyond the funded phase of its work. DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Jennifer Edmond.
  • Thesaurus Maintenance
    The aim is to develop a model of how existing thesauri and ontologies can be made interoperable and be maintained in a sustainable way.
    Within this framework the WG intends to focus on the following subjects: 1. Methods for the development in a collaborative way of semantically interoperable thesauri by an ontology-driven faceted analysis.

    2. The development of a model of the collaborative research activities of building interoperable thesauri and ontologies as an integral part of a DARIAH research methods ontology.

    3. The integrating concepts of goal-oriented generic research functions with notions of scholarly primitives and digital research activities.

    For that purpose the WG collects information about which thematic areas have been covered in which languages by relevant thesauri and ontologies in Europe. It investigates and classifies the semantic principles by which these relevant existing and used thesauri have been built, in order to assess ways and effort to make them interoperable.

    Additionally it will develop the specific ontology driven faceted analysis of thesaurus development, which allows for integrating existing and new systems of terminology in a common concise and manageable framework regardless of the size of the systems under consideration. And finally the working group will propose a model of (electronic) collaboration, in which a few high-level concepts and principles are controlled by a centralized procedure, whereas increasing specialization will allow for more community-specific management of agreement on terms. The guiding principle for this hierarchical management will be the degree of coverage / recall versus specialization / precision of the concepts under discussion. DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Helen Katsiadakis and Martin Doerr.
  • Medievalist's Sources (MESO)
    This working group wants to structure the digital landscape around data/sources used by all scholars gathered under the umbrella term of "Mediaevalists".
    The documents studied by these scholars are numerous and very varied: literary or archival documents, iconic documents, archaeological or architectural documents, etc. This group is comprised of scholars from three countries: France, Belgium and Italy. Note that this group is an extension of the COST Action IS 1005 Medioevo Europeo as well as an extension of the COSME group (CNRS/Huma-Num). DARIAH Wiki.

    Contact persons for this working group are Emiliano Degl'Innocenti and Paul Bertrand.
  • Guidelines and Standards (GiST)
    The goal of this working group is to formulate clear positions with regard to standards, positions that help to share and reuse digital research data.
    This will contribute to shaping the standardisation landscape itself by supporting participation in relevant other working groups and organisations. Awareness of standards is a crucial component in a heterogeneous digital landscape such as that constituted by the DARIAH community. GiST will have to take into consideration that the various communities of practice may pursue different agendas and domain specific practices. The overall goal is to achieve more interoperability in a still very heterogeneous landscape. DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Karlheinz Mörth.
  • Certification and Trustworthiness of Repositories
    This working group produces a report on the urgency and need of certification of repositories as “trusted digital repositories” within DARIAH.
    The report will focus both on the need and the capacity of the DARIAH partners with repositories to reach certification in a reasonable timeframe. Which certification should be proposed, DSA ( or others? The working group could also look at promoting the idea of certification and trustworthiness of repositories to store research data, also in the light of the new H2020 guidelines regarding research data. DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Kees Waterman.
  • Impact Factors and Success Criteria
    This working group will determine indicators for measuring the impact or success of tools, services and infrastructures developed in DARIAH and beyond.
    The goal is to relate impact factors accepted in the scientific community with impact measurements required by funding agencies and other stakeholders, thus approaching the topic from different perspectives. This includes the definition of key performance indicators based on quantitative and qualitative measures.

    The WG will explore the impact of virtual research environments, digital research infrastructures and the work of DARIAH in the Digital Humanities domain and beyond. Existing Impact measures and key performance indicators for digital humanities will be collected and analysed focusing on the work within DARIAH and its implications for humanities, the research process and society from different stakeholder perspectives. DARIAH Wiki.

    A contact person for this working group is Juliane Stiller.
  • Women Writers in History
    This working group makes it possible to study the contemporary reception of women authors. It makes available research, methodologies, digital resources and tools related to the topic.

    The DARIAH Working Group Women Writers in History aims to offer – to the international community of literature, press, book, translation, culture and women’s historians – an appropriate methodology/tool for studying women’s literary/published production (between Middle Ages and early 20th century). Much of the female literary (and other…) production has disappeared from collective memory and historiography – in most cases for gender-related reasons. Women’s writings need to be revisited and studied, together with their (transnational) reception both by female and male audiences – in particular for the periods until the early 20th century (when feminism, and actions for women’s vote emerged). But before we can properly research it, the dialogue between the women writers (individually or as groups) and their contemporary readership needs to be restored and documented. Documentation, followed by collaborative research, is taking place within our on-line tool NEWW VRE ( DARIAH Wiki.
    A contact person for this working group is Amelia Sanz.

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