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NWO grants CLARIAH PLUS 13.8 million euro’s

Thursday April 12 , the humanities consortium consisting of more than 20 institutions, headed by Huygens ING, was awarded EUR 13.8 million for the development of CLARIAH PLUS, a national digital infrastructure for the Humanities.

Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of OC&W has announced this on behalf of the NWO within the framework of the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure. The award was received on behalf of a national consortium of universities and humanities institutes by the Principal Investigator (PI) Lex Heerma van Voss, director of Huygens ING. CLARIAH PLUS is the only National Infrastructure from the social sciences and the humanities that has been honored. All other accepted applications fall into either the categories Beta or Life.

Heerma van Voss: ‘This award is a confirmation of the great importance of the CLARIAH infrastructure for the humanities in the Netherlands and abroad. This infrastructure will substantially change the character of humanities and social science research.’

V.l.n.r. Martijn Kleppe, Julia Noordegraaf, Jan Odijk, Lex Heerma van Voss, Gertjan Filarski en Richard Zijdeman

V.l.n.r. Martijn Kleppe, Julia Noordegraaf, Jan Odijk, Lex Heerma van Voss, Gertjan Filarski en Richard Zijdeman

European infrastructure

In the past four years, the consortium has laid the foundation for the CLARIAH infrastructure in the CLARIAH CORE project. Because the CLARIAH infrastructure is an integral part of the European CLARIN and DARIAH initiatives, the Netherlands plays an internationally prominent role in the development of a European infrastructure for the Humanities. Thanks to this award, the Netherlands can perpetuate that role in the coming years and expand it further.

Philosophy and theology too

CLARIAH CORE focused specifically on linguistics, socio-economic history and media studies. In CLARIAH PLUS, infrastructure is added for the disciplines that study texts not on the language used, but on content, such as literature, history, philosophy and theology. A large number of ongoing projects will benefit from these new investments, such as Golden Agents, Amsterdam Time Machine and Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research.

CLARIAH consortium

The consortium behind this project that has committed to CLARIAH for the next ten years consists of Huygens ING, the Instituut for Dutch Language (INT), the International Institute for Social History (IISH), the National Library of the Netherlands, the Meertens Institute, the Max Planck Institute at Nijmegen and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. In addition, the following institutions participate: Data Archiving and Network Services (DANS), Fryske Akademy, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW),  Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), the National Archives, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Netherlands eScience Center, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Leiden University, Maastricht University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam.