The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) is a distributed Research Infrastructure to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching for Arts and Humanities. DARIAH is a network of people, expertise, information, knowledge, content, methods, tools and technologies from its member countries. It develops, maintains and operates an Infrastructure that sustains researchers in building, analysing and interpreting digital resources. By working with communities of practice, DARIAH brings together state-of-the-art digital arts and humanities activities and scales their results to a European level. It preserves, provides access to and disseminates research that stems from these collaborations and ensures that best practices, methodological and technical standards are followed.
Entered in the ESFRI Roadmap 2006, DARIAH was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in 2014. DARIAH was awarded Landmark Status in 2016 as a Research Infrastructure that reached its Implementation Phase and was considered a pan-European hub of scientific excellence. Currently, DARIAH has 20 Members, one Observer and several Cooperating Partners in six non-member countries. Structurally, DARIAH operates through the Europe-wide networks of the Virtual Competency Centres (VCCs) and their constituent Working Groups. Each of the four VCCs is cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international and centred on a specific area of expertise. Within this structure, DARIAH has over 20 dynamic Working Groups to integrate national services under specific operational categories.