Centre for Information Technologies
Faculty of Arts

About the Project

LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ is a digital research infrastructure for language technologies, arts and humanities. It enables archiving, processing, management and accessibility of data, resources and tools from the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences. The aim of the project is to strengthen and broaden the research, enhanced with digital resources and tools, and to support the teaching of digital humanities across traditional disciplines at the Faculty of Arts.

The LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ grant project is implemented under the OP VaVpl (Research and Development for Innovations Operational Programme) of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, funded from the resources of the European structural funds and investment funds. The Czech hub of the pan-European network is formed by a consortium of partners.

The research infrastructure of CLARIAH-CZ has been formed by the decision of the Ministry, combining two prior infrastructures. The previous LINDAT/CLARIN infrastructure, which represents the Centre for Language Research Infrastructure in the Czech Republic, has been joined by DARIAH, Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. LINDAT/CLARIN is an international network of centres which provide support for language resources and related services. DARIAH is a Europe-wide interdisciplinary network providing research infrastructure for arts and humanities. Since 2014, it has been built under the auspices of the ESFRI programme, established by the European Commission with the aim to ensure continuous and open access to the European cultural heritage. Today, the network connects hundreds of scientists from research facilities across Europe, currently operating in 22 European countries.

[timeline of LINDAT, CLARIN and DARIAH projects]

Research infrastructures combine platforms developed by the scientists for the purpose of their research. Such platforms include databases, corpuses, online dictionaries, geographic information systems and other research material and knowledge-based resources. Platforms connected into the open infrastructure also include digitized collections and archives, digital libraries and repositories or other structured scientific information, typically created by experts at memory institutions. The interconnection of platforms into the open infrastructure is enabled by information and communication technologies.

The Czech hub of the CLARIAH research infrastructure is currently in its construction stage. At the moment, 11 institutions, together forming a consortium, are involved in the preparation activities. The Masaryk University is represented in the project by two faculties: Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Informatics. At the Faculty of Arts, the implementation of the project is performed by the Centre for Information Technologies in cooperation with the Division of Information and Library Studies and the Central Library of the Faculty of Arts.

The Aim of the Project

The aim of the project is to strengthen and promote the approaches to research that employ digital resources and computing capacities to address the problems of traditional humanities using new methods and from a new point of view. CLARIAH is a pan-European network connecting people with information, expertise, content, methods, tools and technologies provided by its member states. The project aims to increase the visibility of digital and infrastructure products and systems, as well as scientific papers created with their use, at a global level. This will be aided by the establishment of a local hub of the CLARIAH infrastructure and providing access to metadata and references to the unique digital resources created by the scientists from the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.

The goal of CLARIAH is to support scientists working on projects, which, by their nature, belong to the field of digital humanities (DH) or e-Science, lecturers and teachers in the DH disciplines or important infrastructures provided by the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University or CLARIAH project partners. Partial tasks include the development of a reliable and certified storage for digital scientific data and resources, support for digital research and digital teaching, providing services with added information value and assistance with digitizing projects. Research infrastructures are the backbone network for excellent research and development, bringing together the critical mass of material, financial and human resources, as well as the technology and knowledge expertise. The strategic objectives of CLARIAH include the development of policies in the areas of digitization, building of funds, management of collections and long-term preservation of electronic and information artefacts, creation of a sustainable business model and providing solutions to legal issues.

The Benefits of Involvement

  • Better visibility of research and projects among the international community of scientists
  • Promotion of projects on a global scale
  • Securing the interoperability of the system in which research data are stored, namely its ability to cooperate with other systems and share data with them
  • Unified metadata description of resources and data and the resulting easier searchability of project results (data and outputs)
  • Preparation of metadata for the open access to digital collections (where permitted by copyright)
  • High added value of data and resources involved in the project as a result of their semantization and indexing
  • Higher probability of being cited for the provided data and resources
  • Records of citing and using resources and data based on altmetrics
  • Higher reusability of project results (data and outputs) in the follow-up research
  • Preventing doubling and fragmentation of research
  • Preparation of services and software that provide researchers with highly sophisticated data processing
  • Consulting in copyright and legal issues at the level of the European Union
  • Securing long-term preservation and curation of research data located in the central storage