Answering an increasing demand for digital and collective research features in the humanities, TextGrid has, since its start in 2006, established the infrastructure for a respective virtual research environment. In continuous exchange with the scientific community, TextGrid has developed a variety of tools and services available for free download in a stable version. Together with the TextGrid Repository, the Virtual Research environment TextGrid offers humanist researcher in the humanities sustainable editing, storing and publishing of their data in a thoroughly tested and safe environment.
The vision of a digital ecosystem is based on the open source idea, allowing for free exchange of tools and data, whereby adaptation concerning discipline-specific needs is made possible. Researchers from a wide range of humanistic disciplines such as philology, linguistics, musicology, art history, classical philology and musicology are actively working with TextGrid have joined the TextGrid consortium in the second phase of the project.