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TaDiRAH - Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (v. 0.5.1, 05/2014)

This taxonomy of digital research activities in the humanities has been developed for use by community-driven sites and projects that aim to structure information relevant to digital humanities and make it more easily discoverable. The taxonomy is expected to be particularly useful to endeavors aiming to collect information on digital humanities tools, methods, projects, or readings.


Repository content

  • reading: reader-friendly version of the taxonomy
  • reference: semi-technical reference version of the taxonomy
  • deu: German translation
  • esp: Spanish translation
  • fre: French translation
  • See also the machine-readable version in SKOS at

Aspects of the taxonomy

  1. Activities
  2. Objects
  3. Techniques


  • Luise Borek, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Quinn Dombrowski, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Jody Perkins, Oxford OH, USA
  • Christof Schöch, Trier, Germany
  • (formerly) Matthew Munson, Leipzig, Germany


  • Diego Ferreyra, CAICYT - CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina (TemaTres development and administration)
  • Gimena del Rio Riande, SECRIT-IIBICRIT, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spanish translation)
  • Aurélien Berra, Thibault Clérice, Martin Grandjean and Vincent Razanajao, Humanistica, France, Switzerland and Belgium (French translation)

Places where TaDiRAH is available

Initiatives using TaDiRAH

Reference publication (please cite when using TaDiRAH!)

Presentations and publications on TaDiRAH

  • Borek, Luise ; Hastik, Canan ; Khramova, Vera ; Illmayer, Klaus ; Geiger, Jonathan D. (2021): Information Organization and Access in Digital Humanities: TaDiRAH Revised, Formalized and FAIR. In: T. Schmidt, C. Wolff (Eds.): Information between Data and Knowledge. Information Science and its Neighbors from Data Science to Digital Humanities. Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium of Information Science (ISI 2021), Regensburg, Germany, 8th—10th March 2021. Glückstadt: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch, pp. 321—332. DOI:
  • Borek, Luise; Quinn Dombrowski; Jody Perkins; Christof Schöch: "TaDiRAH: a Case Study in Pragmatic Classification", Digital Humanities Quarterly 10.1, 2016.
  • Borek, Luise; Christof Schöch; Klaus Thoden: "Digitale Forschungsaktivitäten multilingual: TaDiRAH für die deutschsprachige DH-Community" (Poster), DHd-Tagung, University of Leipzig, March 7-11,2016.
  • Borek, Luise; Quinn Dombrowski; Matthew Munson; Jody Perkins; Christof Schöch: "Scholarly primitives revisited: towards a practical taxonomy of digital humanities research activities and objects", short paper, Digital Humanities Conference 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 7-12, 2014,
  • Dombrowski, Quinn & Jody Perkins: "TaDiRAH: Building Capacity for Integrated Access", dh+lib, May 21, 2014,
  • Jody Perkins, Quinn Dombrowski, Luise Borek, Christof Schöch: "Building bridges to the future of a distributed network: From DiRT categories to TaDiRAH, a methods taxonomy for digital humanities", Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications 2014,

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If you have comments on the taxonomy, please use the issue tracker here on GitHub. You are welcome to fork and reuse the taxonomy in your project. Please tell us about it!

TaDiRAH is usually pronounced "ta-DEE-ra" and is not an animal. However, DiRT and DARIAH are both partial anagrams of it.

In addition to the current human-readable version of the taxonomy, we are planning to publish machine-readable formats of it.