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16th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP 2008) (2012)
Munich, Germany
Feb. 15, 2012 to Feb. 17, 2012
ISSN: 1066-6192
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4633-9
pp: 198-205
Digital methods and collaborative research in virtual research environments are gaining in importance for the arts and humanities. The EU-funded project DARIAH aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research across these disciplines. The most basic but nevertheless fundamental task of DARIAH is to provide sustainable storage for research data. Information contained in data like images, texts or music needs to be secured and to remain accessible even if the original information carrier becomes lost or corrupted. The heterogeneity of the humanistic data and the need for distributed, perform ant access are the main challenges in designing an archiving system for the arts and humanities. Using the "Virtual Scriptorium", a digitisation project in Trier, Germany, this paper exemplary identifies the humanistic researchers' storage needs and derives requirements for an infrastructure. As a solution, a generic architecture for a federated data zone based on the iRODS technologies is proposed. The system implemented in Trier and Karlsruhe is described and will be extended to other locations as the researchers benefit from the initial set-up.
data storage, archiving, zone federation, arts and humanities, DARIAH

B. S. Bribian et al., "A Federated Data Zone for the Arts and Humanities," 16th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (PDP 2008)(PDP), Munich, Germany, 2012, pp. 198-205.
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