OEAW – Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

OEAW – Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
by Stefano Sbarbati


The Austrian Academy of Sciences is Austria’s largest non-university research facility. The 29 institutes participate in applied and open basic research in many different disciplines ranging from archaeological research and cultural sciences to global demographic developments, linguistics, textual and literary studies, quantum research and molecular biology at the highest international level. Over the past few years, the Academy has developed a special focus on Digital Humanities. In January 2015 the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-OEAW) was founded as a new institutional umbrella for these activities. The ACDH-OEAW pursues research in digitally enabled humanities disciplines and provides services and technical know-how for Digital Humanities projects of the numerous institutes of the Academy and the Austrian humanities research community as a whole. It was designed jointly by the Academy and the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy to foster the digital paradigm in humanities research by pooling existing expertise and resources and thus to tap into synergies by involving many relevant Austrian institutions and existing digital infrastructure initiatives. The team members are actively involved in the framework of European Digital Humanities, especially in the context of the research infrastructures CLARIN and DARIAH, and have a long-standing tradition in computational lexicography, concerning data curation, creating content, developing innovative tools within a background of rich and heterogeneous data collections. In addition, ACDH is engaged in a number of standardisation bodies, e.g. Austrian Standards Institute (ASI), Cen/ISSS Cultural Diversity Focus Group (CDFG), UNO Working Group on Gazetteers and Data Files.

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OEAW will participate in the PARTHENOS contributing mainly to “technical” work packages (WP 5 & 6) concerned with the design and implementation of the technical infrastructure/components; especially leading the task 6.5 which will deliver a number of tools for resource discovery. Further, OEAW will contribute to tasks related to standardisation and semantic interoperability.



Matej Durco