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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.

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Digital HumanitiesDo you have any questions on digital methods and tools for research in the humanities or would you like to learn more about the data formats and common standards in this area?

ULB Bonn offers scholars personal and individual consultation around the topic of Digital Humanities. 

Besides the individual consultation, we would like to invite you to our information sessions. Following a keynote speech, the opportunity to network is given here and also to get into conversation with others about Digital Humanities and your own research project. The next dates, if known, will be announced on the bottom of this page. Registration is highly recommended.

We are informing you about events and current developments via our Digital Humanities Newsletter.

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.

What does the ULB offer?

In close cooperation with the Research support of the University of Bonn, the ULB offers consultation on planning and conceptual work of research projects in the area of digital humanities.

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

Our competence basis is our experience in our own digitisation projects, activities in the fields of electronic publication and participation in DH-projects as cooperation partner.
The digital collections of the ULB play a central role that underlie a professional digitisation infrastructure.

The ULB offers consultative support in all phases of a research project. An early making of contact – with sufficient forward planning in regard to the submission of the funding proposal - is highly recommended and a condition for a successful cooperation.

Apart from the individual consultancy, we would like to support the exchange between individual projects and working parties and also contribute to networking. The ULB regularly offers information sessions. These aim towards supplying essential information and forming networks locally.

The next dates can be found at the bottom of the page.
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Where can further information be found?

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
  • CCeH - Cologne Centre for eHumanities
  • GCDH - Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Trier Centre for Digital Humanities


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