The domain of the IDS repository is the German language, mainly in its current form (contemporary New High
German). Its designated community are national and international researchers in German and general linguistics. As an
institutional repository, the repository provides long term archival of two important IDS projects: the Deutsches
Referenzkorpus (‘German Reference Corpus’, DeReKo), which curates a large corpus of written German language, and
the Archiv für Gesprochenes Deutsch (‘Archive of Spoken German’, AGD), which curates several corpora of spoken
In addition, the repository enables germanistic researchers from IDS and from other research facilities and universities to
deposit their research data for long term archival of data and metadata arising from research projects.
The Virtual Language Observatory harvests IDS metadata and provides a faceted search interface for them.
IDS is a part of the backbone of the German section of the CLARIN European research infrastructure federation.