Current edition of DHQ features “TaDiRAH: a Case Study in Pragmatic Classification”

Classifying and categorizing the activities that comprise “digital humanities” has been a longstanding area of interest for many practitioners in this field, fueled by ongoing attempts to define digital humanities both within the academy and in the public sphere.

The Case Study on the Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (TaDiRAH) presents how TaDiRAH is designed to function as a tool for pragmatic classification. It does so by tracking its development, namely a non-funded transatlantic cooperation by representatives from DARIAH-DE and DiRT. It is available online at the DHQ website:


The development has profited from previous research on DH methods and studies of the research lifecycle which have been revisited, adapted and aligned according to a more pragmatically-oriented use. The process has been applied in close exchange with similar initiatives such as the NeDiMAH methods ontology (NeMO) and the Digital Methods and Practices Observatory (DiMPO).

The taxonomy has seen contributions by the community along the way, beginning with feedback on its first draft and up to complete translations into a variety of languages. Currently, TaDiRAH comes in a native English version as well as in Spanish, Serbian and German, thus progressively turning it into a multilingual resource. The featured languages are in different stages of publication and will be made fully available on GitHub soon.


With its pragmatic approach, the taxonomy continues to rely on both use and community engagement. Some of the initial applications of the taxonomy are outlined in this recent article; they include implementations in DH-projects describing tools, bibliography entries, projects, courses or conference abstracts.

TaDiRAH benefits from DARIAH infrastructure as it is supported by DARIAH-DE and implemented in various aspects of DARIAH-EU including the DH Course Registry and forthcoming (re-) import in NeMo as well as an integration in the #dariahTeach platform.

TaDiRAH is publically available under a CC-BY license on GitHub and features a SPARQL endpoint through an instance of the TemaTres Vocabulary Server.

The design represents a poster that was presented at DHd 2016 in Leipzig.
(for the vocabulary server visit


Luise Borek, M.A.
FG Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft
Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
FB Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften

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