Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (CLARIAH) is a distributed research infrastructure for the humanities and the social sciences. CLARIAH will provide researchers with access to large collections of digital data and to innovative and user-friendly applications for the processing of these data. Both the data and applications will be managed in a sustainable manner so that they can also be useful for future researchers: from literary researchers, historians and archaeologists to linguists, speech technologists and media scientists.

The project CLARIAH-CORE (2015-2018) designs, implements and exploits the Dutch parts of the European CLARIN and DARIAH infrastructures. The wishes of future users take centre stage. Workshops, summer schools and demonstrators reveal which research possibilities the available data and tools offer, thereby increasing the involvement of the intended users.

CLARIAH is on the National Roadmap for Large- Scale Scientific Infrastructure drawn up by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). After the CLARIAH-SEED project (2013-2014) the CLARIAH-CORE project was awarded 12.6 million euros.

Digital Humanities Research Agenda

CLARIAH targets three focus areas that represent the most important types of data: text, images, audiovisual material and structured data (databases).

The three focus areas are:

  • Linguistics
  • Socio-economic history
  • Media studies

In each area, multidisciplinary teams of researchers, infrastructure specialists and data managers work on curating, enriching and linking together existing data and applications. A supporting work package is used to develop and implement the generic components relevant for all focus areas.

Other disciplines from the humanities and the social sciences are welcome to participate as well. They can contribute their data and applications to CLARIAH and make use of the infrastructure when carrying out their research.


Professor Jan Odijk, Director, email:

AnneJette Landman, Office support, email:


Sustainable storage

The data and applications will be managed and sustainably stored for the longer term at:

  • Huygens ING
  • Meertens Institute (MI)
  • DANS
  • International Institute for Social History (IISH)
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI)
  • Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV)
  • National Library of the Netherlands (KB)
  • Institute of Dutch Language (INT)

Activities & links

CLARIAH wants to embed the use of digital applications and data in the standard education curriculum. In the CLARIAH Course Task Force, Digital Humanities lecturers from all Dutch universities make agreements about the development and use and reuse of digital humanities courses. Together with other parties CLARIAH is developing courses, crash courses and workshops for students, PhDs, lecturers and other members of staff. CLARIAH also participates in summer schools and winter schools.

The Course & Project Registry provides an overview of European courses and projects in the area of digital humanities.