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How we support 

Our team distinguishes between first and second level support. We define first level support as direct support of scholars. Second level support is directed at institutional units that provide local first level support such as the local Research-ITs at the various research institutions.

We focus on second level support and collaborate with the resident Research-IT groups at the Higher Education Institutions. In cases where no local Research-IT is available, or the complexity of a project’s data is beyond the capabilities of the resident Research-IT, we may directly provide first level support to the scholars.

We provide support for the use of our digital resources and tools in generating new and re-using existing digital research data for cutting-edge research.


Data management plans (DMP)

We can assist you in writing your Data Management Plan (DMP) for your project application. To evaluate whether we are a suitable repository for your research data, please send us a short project description and your Data Management Plan.

Data modeling

We may advise you on data modeling guidelines or model the data on behalf of and in close cooperation with you. This service is free for Research-IT group members and other research infrastructures. For research groups or individual scholars, cost sharing is required if 8 hours of work are exceeded.

Data cleaning and data import

We can develop project-specific tools to clean, import, and disseminate your data. Cost sharing is required.

DaSCH as a partner

We may participate in research projects as a partner if you are interested in developing any components for our generic web application which are of general interest for other projects. In return, we will ensure the long-term preservation of the respective web component.

Keep in mind that participation in development will cause costs on your side, because it will be necessary to get funding for a technical staff member/informatician for the duration of the project period. If you are considering such a partnership for your project, please contact us well in advance!

Additional knowledge

Beyond direct services, we also host and accompany training sessions and provide other educational documentation. Get trained in the use of the DaSCH infrastructure, the re-use of qualitative data in Humanities research, or new digital research methods.

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Have a look at what we’ve archived

All data remodeled to be compliant with our platform can be queried and retrieved, whether it consists of text, images, digital facsimiles, sound files, or videos. Easily kept up to date, and searchable across all hosted projects in our metadata browser.


In the interest of development

The primary goal for the DaSCH Service Platform (DSP) is to preserve and guarantee access to research data in the academic field of Humanities. To future-proof this endeavor against a constant evolution of technological advancement, we settled on a completely open approach to development, founded on a single platform.

We pursue the paradigm of open development. All our related code developments are open source and developed in and for the public. The development process, the code and the documentation are freely accessible on github. Any person can review, add, and expand the code base using the mechanism of pull requests.

The main software framework in the backend is called DSP-API. For searching, viewing and editing of the data we develop DSP-APP. The media server we use is SIPI. DSP Libraries help you to communicate with our API when you intend to build web applications. And finally, DSP-Tools is a python library which allows to create data models and upload data to the DaSCH Service Platform. Our documentation for developers is split into different groups according to these components. You can find the documentation here.