Data management

Mission statement

The mission of CLARIN-DK is to provide easy and sustainable access for scholars in the humanities and social sciences to digital language data (in written, spoken, video or multimodal form) and to provide advanced tools for discovering, exploring, exploiting, annotating, and analyzing them. CLARIN-DK also shares knowledge on Danish language technology and resources and is the Danish node in the European CLARIN-ERIC. The objective of the CLARIN Centre at the University of Copenhagen is to fulfill the CLARIN-DK mission.

Digital archiving and easy and sustainable digital access to data resources and tools gives the scholars the possibility of developing new research methods and addressing new types of research questions. This will facilitate and enhance participation in collaborative international research.

The CLARIN Centre at the University of Copenhagen supports research data management by providing researchers with a repository (the CLARIN-DK-UCPH Repository) for storage of research data, which are findable, accessible and easy to cite using persistent identifiers. The centre provides data management consultation and support in connection with depositing and reuse of research data.

The CLARIN Centre at the University of Copenhagen is supported and financed by the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen until the end of 2022.

The centre promulgates the mission of CLARIN-DK through publications, conference attendance, organization of courses and workshops, e.g. in collaboration with other Danish Universities and the Danish Royal Library through the national digital humanities collaboration, DIGHUMLAB.

Principles for backup and recovery

Besides having a working infrastructure it is also necessary to have a working backup and recovery solution in case of breakdowns and/or loss of data, and the solution chosen for CLARIN-DK is described below.

The CLARIN-DK infrastructure contains a vast amount of resources, primarily texts, but also images and videos. Once the data have been handed over from the Content Provider to the CLARIN-DK infrastructure, the responsibility for the data lies with CLARIN-DK. This means that CLARIN-DK has to ensure that data is responsibly stored, and that it is protected against data loss. To protect against data loss there is a daily backup of the infrastructure, in such a way that it is possible to recover the infrastructure after serious breakdowns. 

Our backup strategy allows us to recover from loss of data or loss of entire servers on a daily basis, which means that only changes to the data in the infrastructure that occurred after the chosen backup-point will be lost. 

Backup and recovery is handled by the IT department of University of Copenhagen.