Massive and Rich Data for Humanities

This action (WP3) aspires to re-dimension research in the humanities fields, from small isolated corpora of rich data to a large interconnected corpus of rich data. It will cover scientific problems ranging from the massive production of rich data, to operating, querying and visualizing  voluminous data, through perennial preservation of the data and metadata, thus questioning methodology in humanity research.


  • Jean-Philippe Toussaint is a French-language Belgian writer, filmmaker and visual artist. He is internationally recognized. He published in Paris by Éditions de Minuit and his work is translated into some thirty languages. He has entrusted the drafts of one of his novels, La Réticence (Minuit, 1991), at the UMR Litt & Arts of the Grenoble Alpes University, so that they could be digitized, transcribed and studied by a team of researchers, engineers and students coordinated by Brigitte Ferrato-Combe.
  • Elisabeth Greslou from Elan team (Litt&Arts, UGA/CNRS) and Cécile Meynard from CRIPaLL (University of Angers) are working on the preservation and heritage of Benoîte Groult’s lectures. Their work is supported by the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute as part of the Démarre SHS! project (WP3).
  • Lucie Albaret is a research services manager at the University Grenoble Alpes library. She is co-head of WP3 Massive and Rich Data for Humanities. She is involved in the DATACC project, a support system for the management of research data in physics and chemistry.
  • Sylvain Hatier was recruited by the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute as a web developer in the framework of the WP3 Massive and Rich Data for Humanities. He is involved in several research projects, especially one on the cross-disciplinary scientific lexicon.
  • Samia Ounoughi is a senior lecturer of the Laboratory of Linguistics in the LIDILEM laboratoy. She is working on discourse analysis about the Alps. She is involved in the Labex ITEM and the Démarre SHS ! project.
  • Focus on... TACT platform
    on the May 23, 2019
    In collaboration with the team Literatures and Digital Arts (ELAN, UMR Litt&Arts, UGA), the work package 3 of Grenoble Alpes Data Institute - Démarre SHS! - has developed a contributive transcription platform. TACT allows transcription and modeling of digitized documents. Its official launch will happen on June 4th during the Global Challenges Science Week.
  • Hacke ta bibliothèque !
    from April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019
    The Fonte Gaia project is pleased to invite you to its first hackathon which will take place from April 10 to 12 at the University Library Joseph Fourier (University Grenoble Alpes).
  • Démarre SHS! organizes a day of feedback on projects supported in 2018.
  • The Demarre SHS research program
    on the March 15, 2018
    The Demarre SHS research Program within the Data Institute has led a joint call with the MSH-Alpes for research projects in HSS data science and Digital Humanities Discover here the selected projects.
  • Démarre SHS!”, a programme of the Data Institute Work Package 3 “Massive and Rich Data for Humanities” launches its first call for proposals.


Célia Marion has been recruited in November 2018 as assistant engineer to support technically Démarre SHS! and communicate on its projects.

Sylvain Hatier is a web developer. The Grenoble Alpes Data Institute has recruited him in 2019 to work on the contributive transcription platform - TACT - and to develop web tools for other projects supported by Démarre SHS!