Digital infrastructures and databases for general users


A digital object arising in the context of research, produced by one or more researchers, based on research, and meant for a general public of interested users. This includes digital supplementary material for articles or books.



This indicator pertains to products meant primarily for a general public of interested persons. These are all products based on scientific/scholarly insights, presented and/or communicated in an environment or through a channel that is accessible to broader societal groups. Examples include databases for interested parties in specific domains such as genealogy, architecture, lexicography, nomenclature, historical themes.

Digital infrastructures and databases may qualify as hybrid if they are meant not only for peers but also for professional and/or general viewers. If this is demonstrably the case, then these results are included under the indicators in Cell 1, Research products for peers. They can be reported a second time here in the narrative, where there is an opportunity to explain the interaction and/or interweaving of research and societal impact and relevance so typical of the humanities. 



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 producing the output 



Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.