As a consequence of a strong interest in the pan-European infrastructure DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) the ACDH and its staff members have strived to translate the developments and initiatives on the European level into fruitful activities on the national level. By identifying possible cooperations and exploiting potential synergies, they have developed the institute into the central hub in Austria for digitally rooted humanities studies forming a tightly knit network of interested research groups and individual scholars to realise visible and sustainable developments.
As the name suggests, DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) is targeting a very large community. Its declared goals are to enhance and support digitally enabled research across the arts and humanities, to develop, maintain and operate an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices and to support researchers in using ICT-enabled methods to analyse and interpret digital resources. In 2014 DARIAH has become a European legal entity with 22 members: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
DARIAH has been operating through a network of four Virtual Competency Centres (VCC); Austria is co-heading VCC1, responsible for e-infrastructure.