Digital infrastructures and databases


A digital object arising in the context of research, produced by one or more researchers, and regarded as being very important for communication between researchers. This includes digital supplementary material for articles or books.



It is not (yet) possible to assess digital infrastructures and databases using authorised lists. Evidence for their value and relevance for research communication must therefore be presented in the narrative.

Some digital infrastructures and databases qualify as hybrid because their users include not only peers but also a societal group.



This indicator can be operationalised using various criteria to demonstrate – with arguments – the importance of the products. The criteria are:

  • innovative nature
  • complexity and scale
  • reach/applicability
  • role of research unit and/or researchers in creating the digital infrastructure/database



Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.


The Digital Humanities panel has identified a number of important platforms, see the Digital Humanities page