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Research infrastructure Huminfra is a national infrastructure for research which will make it easier for researchers to find digital resources and expertise in Sweden.

Research in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, quantitative, and multi-methodological. Researchers in the Humanities use, for example, eye trackers and keyboard logging to study school children's reading and writing development; 3D technology and AI-based image analysis to study rock art; and they combine medieval maps from archives with register data on population statistics. This type of research leads to an expanding need for infrastructure in terms of technology, digital/e-scientific resources, tools and expertise.

The infrastructure Huminfra aims to:

  1. Create a web-based information platform (WIP) which compiles existing information about computational tools, resources, and training opportunities in Sweden.
  2. Create new joint, national courses in e-science/digital methods.
    Prepare Swedish membership in the European consortium for cultural heritage Data Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU) and link the Swedish resources to it.
  3. Humlab will, within the scope of Huminfra, coordinate and advance teaching of a variety of digital tools and methods.

The Huminfra project is ongoing 2022–2024 and is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

The Humanities Lab at Lund University coordinates the collaboration. Umeå University partners along with the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, two units at Gothenburg University, Halmstad University, the National Library of Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linnaeus University, the Swedish National Archives, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

External funding