The ACDH’s tasks comprise the development, maintenance and provision of digital tools and services for digitally working scholars in the humanities. To this end, it cooperates with other institutions at the Academy and beyond developing appropriate strategies to ensure the preservation of valuable digital research data. The team is working on domain-specific repository solutions by harmonising existing approaches, integrating tools and enhancing already available solutions. One of the main goals in these efforts is the realisation of so-called live archives which take care of migration, curation and (if required) enrichment of data. Next to innovative methods for the scientific digitisation of primary sources which is a hot topic with many DH novices, standards and norms play an important role in the ACDH’s programme.
The ACDH already offers a wide range of services. It is running a repository for digital language resources, the CCV Language Resources Repository. It hosts and publishes data, develops software and works on a tightly knit web of specialised knowledge infrastructure centres offering advice and guidance to the research community.
Among the services most commonly required by digital humanists is the online publication of research results and research data. The growing number of diverging applications makes it necessary to strive (both on the institutional level and also beyond) for solutions that build on a common technological basis, on common standards and ideally common publication frameworks. The ACDH will offer guidance and advice and direct scholars to tools that will support them in focusing on their research rather than on technological issues. In accordance with existing policies of the Academy and the involved research infrastructure consortia, the ACDH advocates strategies that promote open access working towards open life cycles of research data. Up-to-date knowledge management is another important item on the ACDH’s agenda. The goal is the establishment of a broad publicly available knowledge base furnishing digitally working scholars with the necessary information to tackle the most common problems they are confronted with in their digital projects. The ACDH also takes a strong interest in the development and application of virtual research environments. VREs are a fairly new brand of software applications which are meant to provide researchers with comprehensive and integrated solutions by offering tools that allow them to conduct their projects in a collaborative fashion. This involves the integration of storage, archiving, metadata, content search, automatic processing of data, implementation of complex workflows and data visualisation in a distributed environment.
The ACDH will take care of a wide range of digital infrastructure components necessary for DH projects by tapping into existing expertise and tools. The ACDH will coordinate and broker this kind of services on various levels making use of its large network in Austria and beyond.