The ACDH offers a broad portfolio of services to support the application of digital methods and tools in the humanities. We cooperate with researchers and research teams in- and outside the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
What we offer
To ensure adequate support it is crucial for the ACDH to be involved right from the planning phase of a project.
Our range of services covers the whole lifecycle of a research project:
Before the project:
preliminary consulting and support in the project proposal stage
During the project:
substantive work with data and development of software according to the project plan, including:
- data modelling
- data curation
- development of data applications
- presentation and exploration of data
- data analysis and processing
After the project:
long-term preservation of project data, maintenance of the services and applications developed
After a free initial consultation, costs are calculated in person months according to the OeAW salary scheme depending on the effort and complexity of the work to be performed by the ACDH. Please note that a sufficient level of resources needs to be allocated in project proposal budgets for all technical implementations required.
To get in touch please contact us via: acdh-helpdesk(at)oeaw.ac.at
- evaluation of options and potential benefits concerning the integration of digital tools or methods into a project
- suggestions regarding tools or platforms suited for providing the required or desired functionalities
- support in formulating DH-related parts of grant proposals
- assistance in drafting data management plans including a feasibility check
- sharing experiences regarding legal issues
Legal issues might affect your digital humanities project when you are dealing with data or software that are or should be protected either by copyright, personal data protection, or licenses. For more information on legal aspects of digital humanities projects you can find a general introduction into the most common topics and concepts here.
- consultation with regards to digitization planning (timeline, scan parameters, formats, workflows, OCR, preservation)
- metadata curation (jointly with the library of the Austrian Academy of Sciences BAS:IS, ACDH provides an instance of the software Goobi)
- use of premises and equipment at the Digitization Centre (workstations need to be pre-booked via a booking system. All users must receive initial consultation and a technical instruction for the use of various scanners and software before utilizing the Digitization Centre)
If you are interested in using the facilities and equipment of the ACDH Digitization Centre please contact acdh_digitization(at)oeaw.ac.at.
Data Modelling and Data Curation
If your research involves collecting, organizing, and accessing large quantities of information:
- guidance for modelling databases or text encoding
- custom web-based forms for editing data
- maintenance and publication of controlled vocabularies [ACDH Vocabularies]
- metadata quality assurance
- measures for enhancing the interoperability of data
- preparation of digital data for long term archiving [ARCHE Deposition Process]
Development and maintenance of Data Applications
In addition to its data-related services, the ACDH also provides the corresponding technical solutions.
The ACDH’s software products are generally specialized digital tools allowing the production, description, visualization, annotation and analysis of a wide range of data types. The institute strives to provide optimal software solutions while trying to keep development and maintenance costs to a minimum. The team continuously evaluates existing solutions to expand its portfolio of services, but also engages in the customized adaptation of available open-access software or the development of new, bespoke solutions, tailored to the specific data models and needs of the project and users.
Besides developing the software, we also offer service provisioning, i.e. running the applications on our servers in collaboration with the computing centre of the Academy (ARZ).
General characteristics of these applications are:
- mostly web-based
- collaborative environment
- standards conformant
- APIs for programmatic access to data
- reused and reusable
The services aim to support the following aspects of the research process:
- data import and export
- data management and curation
- format conversions
- data analysis, processing and enrichment (especially NLP processing)
- indexing and searching, exploration and browsing
- online viewing/presentation (3D models, high-resolution images)
- rendering data on geographic maps, as well as geospatial querying of data web mapping (GIS)
- representing numeric or tabular data as various interactive charts
- interactive network/graph visualization
- different options for data retrieval
- download of the raw research data
- REST API service
- SPARQL endpoint to query RDF data
- download of metadata
long term archiving of data in a certified repository with two backup instances
support in metadata creation
conversion of data to formats suitable for long-term preservation
persistent identifiers for stable referencing
metadata propagation to large-scale data aggregators, like Europeana or CLARIN, to ensure discoverability and wide-spread dissemination