Data Futures is a not-for-profit which provides digital research workflows and data preservation solutions. The company undertakes contract data management and forensics contracts and operates services for partners including Basel, Cornell, ENS-Lyon, Heidelberg, Notre Dame, Oxford, Princeton and Westminster universities, and organizations such as DODIS, the Institute for German Language, MOM Jean Pouilloux and Fotomuseum Winterthur. Additionally, Data Futures manages the hasdai partnership under a CERN memorandum on behalf of these partners.
This website provides access to both research projects to which Data Futures contributes, as well as to repositories—move between the two types of content using the buttons at the top. Many of the research projects are active and do not all provide public access—though summaries are available; repositories are public snapshots—research 'at rest'—and support browsing and in some cases machine interfaces.
Zenodo, the global catch-all repository for scientific research, has become one of the most important machine-accessible resources for biodiversity data. The COVID crisis has demonstrated how central biodiversity data is becoming for the growing challenges facing humanity, although vast resources remain in print form. Data Futures infrastructure increasingly permits Zenodo metadata enrichment and annotation and subsequent upgrading of biodiversty records, leading to significantly improved machine utilization by other organizations.
Early generations of digital humanities research activities were based on website and database technologies which led to support vulnerabilities as developers moved to other projects and technologies evolved. More recent approaches using mainstream repositories still encounter sustaining funding and infrastructure end-of-life difficulties. Data Futures offers forensic and redelivery services to overcome these difficulties, as well as advanced design and implementation support for new research workflows, to humanities research groups in many European and U.S. universities.
Developed over a decade with German industry partners, Data Futures publishing infrastructure combines open access and selective per-title copyright protection with advanced annotation tools to provide core standards-based infrastructure and services for the 21st century. Combining redelivery from historic scanned paper and format transformation of born-digital material into agnostic HTML, this platform generates page imagery for IIIF-compatible on-line readers plus fully-searchable text, as well as new resources for print-on-demand.