Mission Statement

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 primary goals 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 will be open 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 humanit├ęs 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.