A new infrastructure for the Computational Literary scholars


DARIAH will participate in the Computational Literary Studies Infrastructure (CLS INFRA) project, which has been granted funding from the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020. The project kicked off in March 2021 and will run for a total of 48 months. It aims to build a shared resource focused on high-quality data, tools and services to undertake literary studies in the digital age.

The project brings together a Consortium of 13 partners, led by the Institute of Polish Language of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and composed of national knowledge and data infrastructures, high-profile international projects and pan-European research infrastructures. Their expertise will not only allow to develop new tools, services and datasets but also to bring in and harmonise existing resources.

“For years now it has become increasingly apparent that the community looking to data mine literary texts, an increasingly large and complementary subset of literary scholars, had unique and unmet infrastructural needs” said Jennifer Edmond, President of the Board of Directors in DARIAH-EU.

One of the main challenges that the project will face is the current landscape of literary data which is very heterogenous and fragmented. Often, the resources available are far from being standardised in terms of how they are constructed, accessed and the extent to which they are reusable. A wider array of strategies will be deployed in CLS INFRA to align these diverse resources with each other.

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