CNRS Huma-Num

CNRS Huma-Num
by Stefano Sbarbati

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Huma-Num is a Very Large Facility which aims to facilitate the digital turn in humanities and social sciences. To perform this mission, Huma-Num is built on an original organisation. It organises a collective dialogue with communities via consortia accredited by Huma-Num and provides a technological infrastructure on a national and European scale based on a vast network of partners and operators.

Through consortia of actors in scientific communities, Huma-Num favors the coordination of the collective production of corpora of sources (scientific recommendations, technological best practices). It also provides research teams in the Human and Social sciences with a range of utilities to facilitate the processing, access, storage and interoperability of various types of digital data. This set of shared services comprises the provision of a Grid of services (NAKALA, etc.), a platform for the unified access to data (ISIDORE) and long-term archival facilities. Huma-Num also produces technical Guides to Good Practice for researchers, and can, on occasion, conduct expertise and training initiatives.

Huma-Num coordinates the participation of France in DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities). Huma-Num is supported by the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), the University of Aix-Marseille and the Campus Condorcet.