The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is a new research institute which was set up with the declared intention of fostering digital methods in the various fields of the humanities. The ACDH offers a wide range of services. It is running a repository for digital language resources, hosts and publishes data, develops software and works on a tightly knit web of specialised knowledge centres offering advice and guidance to the research community.
The ACDH is a spin-off of the Institute for Corpus Linguistics and Text Technology and pursues research in various fields of the Digital Humanities. It grew out of the ACDH Project, an initiative jointly started by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy to build up DH infrastructures. To make these efforts sustainable, the Presidium of the Academy decided in 2014 to found a new institute at the Academy, which has become operative as of January 2015 as the Academy’s 29th institute. It works closely together with the University of Graz (Centre for Information Modelling – ACDH) and the University of Vienna.
In their research, the team works on text- and language-related questions focusing on non-standard and historical linguistic varieties and eLexicography. Current projects investigate technical standards, infrastructure components, semantic technologies and text technological methods. All of these activities are embedded within the European infrastructure consortia CLARIN-ERIC and DARIAH-EU. Over the past few years, the colleagues have been actively participating in the development of core infrastructure components (such as the Component Metadata Infrastructure or the CLARIN Identity Federation) and contributed to a number of important initiatives such as CLARIN’s Federated Content Search Working Group or DARIAH’s Virtual Competency Centre I (eInfrastructures).