The effects of the intersection of computing and the humanities disciplines are just beginning to emerge.

Digital humanities incorporate both digitized and born-digital materials and combine methodologies of traditional humanities disciplines and social sciences with computing tools, such as data visualization, information retrieval, data mining, statistics, text mining and digital publishing. To manage this transition the humanities need strong interdisciplinary partners. ZIB with its unique combination of IT infrastructure and knowledge about processes in the humanities is an ideal catalyzer to foster the changeover. One of the big challenges is to ensure persistent access to the then manifold digital research results. ZIB together with the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) and the GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) in Berlin and in cooperation with major stakeholders in Germany, e.g., GWDG, BSB, nestor, DNB, SPK, is currently building a sustainable infrastructure to meet this challenge.