The Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH) is a Swiss national research infrastructure which, as a competence center for digital methods and long-term usage of digital data, supports the Humanities in the use of state-of-the-art digital research methods. Focusing on textual data and associated digital objects (bitstreams such as images, sound, video) from all areas of the Humanities (including law and theology), it promotes standards and best practices allowing scholars to implement an “open data” and “open science” policy in their area of research. To achieve this goal, it

  • provides a repository and tools to allow long-term access to Humanities' research data for the research community in accordance with FAIR principles and international standards for interoperability. It's registered at the international data repository registration platform re3data.org.
  • supports scholars in generating new and re-using existing digital research data for cutting-edge research.
  • provides second-level support to local research-IT departments of Swiss institutions of higher education.
  • offers training, further education and documentation on the topics of data management, FAIR principles, IT-standards, interoperability, use of infrastructure and on the tools provided by DaSCH. Training is provided through workshops, courses, events in doctoral education (on a national level) covering different types of teaching techniques like online courses, classroom training or written documentation.
  • implements innovative solutions for scientific data processing in close co-operation with researchers as well as with national and international initiatives in order to meet the rapidly changing requirements of scholars in internationally competitive research projects.