Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

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 realize visible and sustainable developments.

As the name suggests, DARIAH targets 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 became 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.


  • Wissik, Tanja, and Claudia Resch. 2018. MeuchelmörderInnen, KindsmörderInnen, DiebInnen und die dazugehörigen Tatbestände: Erstellung eines Thesaurus für das österreichische Strafrecht des 18. Jahrhunderts zur Erschließung einer Flugblattsammlung.
  • Fasching, Daniela, and Claudia Resch. 2018. Female Murderers and the Representation of Crime in Execution Broadsheets in 18th-Century Vienna. Law, Crime and History 8: 108-125.
  • Wissik, Tanja, Claudia Resch, and Daniel Schopper. 2017. Creating a historical thesaurus for Austrian criminal law of the 18th century. Gisle Andersen, Dhal, Trine, Kristiansen, Marita, Dame, Marja, and Andersen, Øivin. 21st Conference on Language for Specific Purposes 2017. Interdisciplinary knowlege-making: Challanges for LSP Research. 28-30 June. Book of Abstracts. Bergen: NHH.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2017. Review of Dying, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Reformation Europe. Edited by Elizabeth C. Tingle and Jonathan Willis. St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company. 2015. Pp. xi, 219. The Catholic Historical Review. Edited by Nelson Minnich. Volume 103 (2017), Number 1: 131-133.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2016. Was dem sterbenden von nötten sey. Frühneuzeitliche Anleitungen für den Besuch am Sterbebett. Monika Ankele. Begleitheft zum Themenschwerpunkt im Medizinhistorischen Museum HamburgBegleitheft zum Themenschwerpunkt im Medizinhistorischen Museum Hamburg, 3. Ausgabe. Hamburg.
  • Resch, Claudia, and Daniel Schopper. 2016. Encoding crime and punishment – A digital collection of historic broadsheets. Claudia Resch, Hannesschläger, Vanessa, and Wissik, Tanja. TEI conference and members´ meeting 2016. Book of Abstracts. Vienna.
  • Resch, Claudia. 2015. Reforming Late Medieval ars moriendi: Changes and Compromises in Early Reformation Manuals for Use at the Deathbed. In Preparing for Death, Remembering the Dead, ed. v. Tarald Rasmussen und Jon Øygarden Flæten, 153-172. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015.