Data Domains

Digital Collections, Lexical Resources and Editions have a long tradition in humanities research. They are linked to established methodological paradigms that require distinctive, yet cross-cutting practices of data creation, use, analysis, networking and curation. They are indispensable for a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, linguistics, literary studies, philologies including the so-called ‘small disciplines’, philosophy, and language and text-based research in the social and political sciences. The three data domains are also crucial to interdisciplinary research practices in hermeneutics, paleography, genealogy, edition philology, lexicography and computational philology, and computational linguistics.

The name Text+ is supposed to indicate that the initiative focuses on text-based digital research data that are heterogeneous in terms of language areas (including areas beyond Europe) and modalities of language and writing systems.  The “plus” indicates that language-based resources include resources and tools for spoken language and multimodal data. The research data initially addressed by Text+ is divided into three domains:

Language- and text-based Collections

Language- and text-based Collections include collections of written, spoken, or signed language and texts, and speech and text-related experimental or measurement data collected on the basis of scientific criteria. These include: text collections (e.g. of literary texts, factual texts, newspaper and magazine texts, interviews, inscriptions, manuscripts, prints), mono- and multimodal recordings e.g. of spontaneous and formal language (e.g. speeches, dialogues, news, interviews, interaction in everyday life), sensor data (e.g. EEG, eye tracking, articulography), surveys, reaction times etc.

Lexical Resources

Lexical Resources are data describing the use of words in sentences, texts and multimodal communication, including dictionaries (multilingual dictionaries, historical dictionaries, specialized dictionaries), encyclopedias, normative data, terminological databases, ontologies, word lists, word maps and linguistic atlases, translation dictionaries (for human or machine translation), etc.


Editions are critical representations of historical documents as used in humanities research and beyond. They consist of the reliable methodical preservation, presentation and commentary of all kinds of texts in various languages and writing systems. Among the multitude of editorial models, there are documentary or diplomatic editions, editions on the history of the origins of documents and historical-critical editions.

Here you can find a list of editions that have been created at Text+’s partner institutions.

Due to the wealth of research data addressed, it is necessary to initially define and then continuously expand the portfolio of Text+ on the basis of transparent, broadly-based, scientifically guided selection criteria.