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Promoting an Open Digital Humanities Culture: CHAIN–Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks

College Park, MD A meeting was held at King’s College, London, on Oct. 26-27 2009, between representatives of the following networks, infrastructure projects, and planning initiatives working with digital technologies in the Arts and Humanities: (
ADHO - Association of Digital Humanities Organisations (
centerNet (
DARIAH (                                                                                                                                                               NoC - Network of Expert Centres in Great Britain and Ireland (
Project Bamboo (
TextGrid (
The group identified the current fragmented environment where researchers operate in separate areas with often mutually incompatible technologies as a barrier to fully exploiting the transformative role that these technologies can potentially play. It was resolved that the group’s present, proposed, and future activities are interdependent and complementary and should be oriented towards working together to overcome barriers, and to create a shared environment where technology services can interoperate and be sustained, thus enabling new forms of research in the Humanities.
In order to achieve these goals the Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks – CHAIN was formed. CHAIN will act as a forum for areas of shared interest to its participants, including:
-      advocacy for an improved  digital research infrastructure for the Humanities;
-      development of sustainable business models;
-      promotion of technical interoperability of resources, tools and services;
-      promotion of good practice and relevant technical standards;
-      development of a shared service infrastructure;
-      coordinating approaches to legal and ethical issues;
-      interactions with other relevant computing infrastructure initiatives;
-      widening the geographical scope of our coalition.
CHAIN will promote an open culture where experiences, including successes and failures, can be shared and discussed, in order to support and promote the use of digital technologies in research in the Humanities.
Sheila Anderson, King’s College, London (DARIAH)
Andreas Aschenbrenner, State and University Library Göttingen (TextGrid, DARIAH)
David Greenbaum, University of California, Berkeley (Project Bamboo)
Seth Denbo, King’s  College, London (DARIAH)
Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland (centerNet)
Chad Kainz, University of Chicago (Project Bamboo)
Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University (CLARIN)
Lorna Hughes, King’s  College, London (ADHO, NoC)
Tobias Blanke, King’s College, London (DARIAH)
Torsten Reimer, King’s  College, London (
David Robey, University of Oxford (NoC)
Harold Short, King’s  College, London  (ADHO)
Katherine Walter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (centerNet)
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (CLARIN)
Martin Wynne, University of Oxford (CLARIN, DARIAH)