hasdai is a network of open access Invenio repositories which preserves research data resources for partners across a spectrum of different scientific domains. Data Futures operates hasdai on behalf of these partners under a memorandum with CERN. In addition to preservation, hasdai supports research into institutional guarantee—to reduce operating costs of high-availability data services—and also into discovery mechanisms for and sharing of stand-off metadata such as annotation.
This website provides access to both research projects, to which Data Futures contributes, as well as to repositories. Move between the two types of content using the buttons at the top. Many of the research projects are active and do not all provide public access—though summaries are available. Repositories are public snapshots—research 'at rest'—and support browsing and in some cases machine interfaces for discovery and harvesting.
Zenodo, the global catch-all repository for scientific research, has become one of the most important machine-accessible resources for biodiversity data. The COVID crisis has demonstrated how central biodiversity data is becoming for the growing challenges facing humanity, although vast resources remain in print form. Data Futures infrastructure increasingly permits Zenodo metadata enrichment and annotation and subsequent upgrading of biodiversty records, leading to significantly improved machine utilization by other organizations.
Early generations of digital humanities research activities were based on website and database technologies which led to support vulnerabilities as developers moved to other projects and technologies evolved. More recent approaches using mainstream repositories still encounter sustaining funding and infrastructure end-of-life difficulties. Data Futures offers forensic and redelivery services to overcome these difficulties, as well as advanced design and implementation support for new research workflows, to humanities research groups in many European and U.S. universities.
Developed over a decade with German industry partners, Data Futures publishing infrastructure combines open access and selective per-title copyright protection with advanced annotation tools to provide core standards-based infrastructure and services for the 21st century. Combining redelivery from historic scanned paper and format transformation of born-digital material into agnostic HTML, this platform generates page imagery for IIIF-compatible on-line readers plus fully-searchable text, as well as new resources for print-on-demand.