Service Infrastructure Components (SICs)

SIC 1: Coordination Tasks


SIC 2: Digital Humanities Research Data Aggregation

This SIC aims to support cultural, societal, and historical humanities research data providers in their creation of qualitative datasets that are optimised for academic reuse, and to lead by example to do so. Throughout the SIC, CLARIAH-VL will use this experience to help the involved third parties optimise their policies for data collections available for research (e.g. understanding copyright exceptions etc.).

D2.1: Design of methodology of research-driven thematic datasets
D2.2: Aggregation of data from large-scale data collections
D2.3: Organisation of three workshops or humanities datathons
D2.4: Workflow Documentation

SIC 3: Linked (Open) Humanities Data Tool Suite

Identifying and recording entities (e.g. people, places, dates etc.) and their relations (e.g. events) from a range of historical sources is a key activity of researchers in a broad range of humanities disciplines records that in the digital age have increasingly been linked to a proliferation of open humanities reference services. This SIC will develop a Tool Suite that helps humanities researchers model, contextualise, publish and inter-link their humanities research data. This tool suite will consist of two core components: an Entity Referencing Toolkit (SIC 3.1), and a LOD Creation and Publication Toolkit (SIC 3.2).

SIC 3.1: Entity Referencing Toolkit

The Entity Referencing Toolkit will help humanities researchers contextualise, model and extract nameable entities from texts.

D3.1.1 Basic platform and data model
D3.1.2 Basic data interpretation and reporting (User & Data Management System)
D3.1.3 Data export & import tool ( design, implementation APIs, assessment)
D3.1.4. Final platform (evaluation, testing and documentation)

SIC 3.2: LOD Creation and Publication Toolkit

This SIC will provide a user-friendly, easily accessible web platform to encourage researchers to publish their valuable data, and enable contextualization in the process. This platform will include a data access control system that affords high granularity, allowing researchers to work on their research data privately before publication; basic visualisation tools to allow for easy exploration and navigation of published datasets by researchers and the general public; an export feature to create Linked Open Data dumps, timestamped to record their provenance; and the possibility to upload these data dumps in a Triple Pattern Fragment server to allow them to be queried in combination with similar datasets.

Deliverables :
D3.2.1.Basic platform (user management, data modelling, entity editing, basic display of entities) (alpha)
D3.2.2.: Linked Open Data dumps + Triple Pattern Fragment Server setup (beta)
D3.2.3.: Interfaces with other SICs (beta)
D3.2.4. Final platform (final dumps, final interfaces, iterative releases based on feedback) including
testing and documentation

SIC 4: User-driven Platforms for Data Enrichment

SIC 4.1 IIIF Participatory Digital Asset Enrichment Platform

D4.1.1: IIIF-compatible participatory mapping functionality
D4.1.2: Multi-locational annotation of geo-locatable images functionality (M36)
D4.1.3: Annotation of time periods, objects and events functionality added to existing functionalities
of people and place annotation
D4.1.4: Multiple annotation of people, objects and events functionality

SIC 4.2 Manuscript Web 2.0

Manuscript Web is a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for enriching digitized documents (images) and their transcriptions (texts), and subsequently publishing them in the form of a digital scholarly edition. Building on an existing open source native XML database framework that is widely used in the field ( eXist-db ), this application allows textual scholars to expose relations between different versions of literary or historical works in TEI-XML – the de facto standard for transcribing cultural heritage documents. More than just collation software, this VRE lets researchers establish interpretative links between their parallelly aligned datasets while performing image-text linking at the same time.

D4.2.1 MS Web Chronology Feature
D4.2.2 MS Web Letters Module
D4.2.3 Integration of LOD API
D4.2.4 Release of MS Web v2.0

SIC 5: Digital Text Analysis Dashboard and Pipeline (DTADP)

This SIC allows uploading a user corpus as well as selecting already available corpora. Users will be able to select which analysis steps they need through a user-friendly and customizable dashboard. Results will be downloadable in a variety of formats, including non-textual visualisations (e.g. aligned syntax trees, word clouds). Data collections can be monolingual, but can also include parallel corpora, consisting of translations. Corpus data can vary along different axes, such as standard language vs. different variants of the same language, relating to diachronic, regional, or register variation (e.g. social media data, specialized text, such as legal or medical text, (edited) newspaper text, etc.).

D5.1: Modular Framework for the DTADP
D5.2: User-centered Dashboard
D5.3: Report on benchmarking tests and retrained SOTA models
D5.4: Integration of NLP tools in DTADP
D5.5: Release of NLP analyses on existing datasets and related search engines
D5.6: Help Desk for users

SIC 6: Humanities Data, Tools and Pipelines for European Open Science Cloud

The aim of this SIC is to prepare completed humanities research data, tools, pipelines and services for sustainable valorisation within European initiatives such as the SSH Open Marketplace ; CLARIN Resource Families and CLARIN Virtual Language Observatory . This work will be undertaken in close collaboration with other ESFRI Infrastructures active in Flanders, such as ELIXIR , DiSSCO , ESS and SHARE and other relevant initiatives such as the Flemish Open Science Board (FOSB)’s Architecture Working Group and the Belgian Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities Open Science ( BISHOPS ). This includes ‘orphaned tools’ such as Recogito that need to be ‘adopted’ for maintenance, further development and sustainability after the end of their initial project funding.

D6.1: Review of how humanities research data, tools, pipelines and services contribute to European
D6.2: Monitoring report on the readiness of CLARIAH-VL data, tools and pipelines
D6.3: Report on CLARIAH-VL data, tools and pipelines contributed to European initiatives

Existing, Future, and External equipment embedded in the CLARIAH-VL Infrastructure
Mock-up of the possible CLARIAH-VL VSC architecture