The Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH) is an institution of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHSS) financed by the State Secretariat for Eduction, Research and Innovation (SERI).
It's also part of the Digital Life Cycle Managment (DLCM)-project (funded by the swissuniversities P5 Programme "Scientific information"). It's registered at re3data.org and is fully the FAIR compliant (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable). It implements persistent identifiers using handle.net. The primary goals of the DaSCH are
Preservation of research data in the humanities and their long-term data curation.
Ensuring permanent access to research data in order to make it available for further research and thus facilitating the reuse of existing research data in future research.
Providing services for researchers to assist them with the data life cycle management.
Encouraging the digital networking of databases created in Switzerland or in other countries.
Collaboration and networking with other institutions on digital literacy.
The services of the DaSCH are available to all researchers and projects in Switzerland which work in the the domain of the Humanities and have to deal with digital information. They are provided by the Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel (project leader) and by the University of Lausanne (plateforme technique du Laboratoire de cultures et humanités digitales) and include
hosting and long-term curation of digital data relevant to the Humanities.
Consultancy and support of researchers and research projects in the Humanities regarding the creation, the use, the re-use and the long-term curation of digital data.
The DaSCH operates a flexible, versatile and secure hardware- and software-infrastructure to provide above services. It adheres to and promotes open standards such as the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) or JSON-LD.
In the context of the DLCM the DaSCH services are also available to other parties (Life science, Physics, Astronomy etc.) which have to deal with qualitative data.
Reuse of existing research data
Research data that is stored on the DaSCH platform is usually accessible to everybody1 and can be accessed either through a generic browser interface or using a RESTful interface. Please note that the data is usually provided according to the CC-BY 4.0 license, but other restrications may apply in some cases.
The use can be as simple as a citation of a data object using a permanent link, or it can be the integration of existing data into new research applications.
☞ Goto list of existing data
Digital data created during research that might be valuable for other ongoing or future research projects can be transfered to the DaSCH infrastructre. The DaSCH will preserve the data and provide long-term access.
The DaSCH provides consulting for dealing with research data in the Humanities to individual researchers, research groups and members of research projects that are located in Switzerland, are related to Switzerland or are funded by Swiss sources.