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Digital Humanities

ULB Bonn’s service and advisory offer for scientists and researchers. We look forward to taking part in an exchange about your research projects and would like to get into conversation with you to talk about standards, formats and methods of Digital Humanities.

Service range and consultancy service

Digital Humanities

We support you in the selection of suitable practices and workflows geared towards your individual research project. Our consultancy service ranges from practical support in developing project proposals and digitisation to work in digital research environments as well as sustainable storing of data and publication.


We collaborate closely with the Research Data Service Center (cooperation between ULB and HRZ), the responsible subject specialists, the Bonn Center for Digital Humanities and the Research Support section

and develop joint support solutions.


We offer the following services:


  • consultative support in all phases of a research project (planning, conception, application, implementation, publication)
  • consultation on planning and conceptual work of research projects in the area of digital humanities
  • support during the application process in close collaboration with the Research Support section and the Research Data Service Center
  • assistance and advice in the selection of methods, tools and data formats for your project
  • support in searching, selecting and evaluating technical solutions
  • advice and support regarding the field of research data management via the Research Data Service Center (preparing a Data Management Plan, long-term archiving, data publication)



What does "Digital Humanities" mean?

The Terms Digital Humanities or eHumanities (enhanced Humanities) encompass research approaches that process questions in the field of humanities with the help of IT-based methods. The research objects (prints, manuscripts, sound carriers, films and other media) are digitised, analysed with digital technology and researched.
The generated research data in the field of the humanities are processed with the aid of existing or newly developed software and are published digitally or in printed form, depending on requirements.

Methods of Digital Humanities are applied to the whole spectrum of research in the humanities. Digital editions and algorithmic text analysis also belong to this field as well as digital image research in art history or musicological analysis of scores by means of XML-based markup languages.

How do the "Digital Humanities" work?

Due to the necessary interaction of specialist discipline, information processing, analysis as well as evaluation, an interdisciplinary cooperation between various parties in the digital humanities is well-suited and recommended.
The three core disciplines are formed by scientific discipline, information science and applied computer science that can unfold great potential when combined and can mutually profit from each other. The central question focuses on the humanities.

Whereas every project is specifically examined for the methodology used, and often requires IT-related development effort, various steps of procedure have developed as digitisation, various data transformations, working with virtual research environments or the publication and adequate presentation of digital research results of already established methods and recognized international standards.
Competence centres for individual fields of digital humanities actively participate in the realization of research projects.





Stefanie Läpke, contact person for Digital Humanities and research data in the humanities at ULB Bonn and the Research Data Service Center.

Please contact us under [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] if you have questions regarding your project or if you would like to know more about  Digital Humanities in general. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are happy to offer individual appointments - in person, by telephone or via video conference.

Further information

In the following section, you will find a short list of relevant websites. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

  • DHd - Digital Humanities Association in the German-speaking area
  • DHdBlog
    Weblog dedicated to Digital Humanities in the German-speaking area
  • DARIAH-DE - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
    Research association dedicated to the establishment of a digital research infrastructure  for tools and research data and development of material for teaching and further education in the field of Digital Humanities
  • CLARIN-D - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure Germany
    Research association to build an infrastructure for linguistic data, tools and services from the disciplines of  the humanities and social sciences
  • TextGrid
    virtual research environment for humanities
  • BCDH - Bonn Center for Digital Humanities
  • CCeH - Cologne Centre for eHumanities
  • GCDH - Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Trier Centre for Digital Humanities

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