Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks - CHAIN

The aim of CHAIN is to support and promote the use of digital technologies in research in the arts and humanities. Bringing together members with experience in creating and operating digital infrastructure, we aim to create a shared environment where technology services can interoperate and be sustained, thus enabling new forms of research.

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CHAIN will act as a forum for areas of shared interest to its participants, including:

  • advocacy for an improved digital research infrastructure for the Humanities;
  • development of sustainable business models;
  • promotion of technical interoperability of resources, tools and services;
  • promotion of good practice and relevant technical standards;
  • development of a shared service infrastructure;
  • coordinating approaches to legal and ethical issues;
  • interactions with other relevant computing infrastructure initiatives;
  • widening the geographical scope of our coalition.

CHAIN will promote an open culture where experiences, including successes and failures, can be shared and discussed, in order to support and promote the use of digital technologies in research in the Humanities.

CHAIN activities are currently organised around the following work groups:

  1. Communication
  2. Building a shared knowledge base
  3. Technologies and services
  4. Success criteria and evidence of value

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Project Bamboo

Project Bamboo is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-organizational cyberinfrastructure planning and development effort that brings together researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and campus information technologists to tackle the question: how can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services?


centerNet is an international network of digital humanities centers formed for cooperative and collaborative action that will benefit digital humanities and allied fields in general, and centers as humanities cyberinfrastructure in particular. Formed in 2007, centerNet began as a North American initiative. Regional affiliate networks are being formed now in other parts of the world, including networks in the U.K. and Ireland, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

CLARIN - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

The CLARIN project is a large-scale pan-European collaborative effort to create, coordinate and make language resources and technology available and readily usable. CLARIN offers scholars the tools to allow computer-aided language processing, addressing one or more of the multiple roles language plays in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

The mission of DARIAH is to enhance and support digitally-enabled research across the humanities and arts. DARIAH aims to develop and maintain an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices. DARIAH is working with communities of practice to: explore and apply ICT-based methods and tools to facilitate research; improve research opportunities and outcomes through linking distributed digital source materials; and exchange knowledge and methodologies across domains and disciplines.

NoC - Network of Expert Centres

The Network of Expert Centres is a collaboration of centres with expertise in digital arts and humanities research and scholarship, including practice-led research. This includes data creation, curation, preservation, management (including rights and legal issues), access and dissemination, and methodologies of data use and re-use. Its membership is open to all such centres in Great Britain and Ireland.

CHAIN is supported by the project.



Funded by the CNRS, Adonis is part of the French national research strategy to archive data and promote integrated access to digital data and documents in the humanities and Social Sciences. Particularly, Adonis is building a digital and distributed infrastructure for research and higher education will lead to an increased visibility of research outcomes by improving the availability of shared datasets and the interconnection of digital services.


TextGrid is tools, infrastructure and grid. It enables philologists, linguists, musicologists, art historians and other researchers from the humanities and cultural studies to work together in a distributed, secure, flexible and extensible virtual research environment sharing tools, data and methods. The joint research project TextGrid is part of the D-Grid initiative and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).