Humanist Computer Interaction under Scrutiny

The research project “Humanist Computer Interaction under Scrutiny”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims at validating the innovation potential of digital methods and tools in the Humanities.

The research project “Humanist Computer Interaction under Scrutiny” was fully launched on 1 October 2017. It is a joint venture undertaken by the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (JGU), the Mainz University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Mainz) as well as the Darmstadt University of Technology (Technische Universität Darmstadt). It will be funded until 2020 within the scope of the research programme “Validation of the technological and societal innovation potential of scientific research – VIP +”, developed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. As it is one of the first projects to primarily focus on research in the Humanities, “Humanist Computer Interaction under Scrutiny” takes up a pioneer role in the Ministry’s programme.

The project’s objective is, on the one hand, to assess the ways in which various digital methods affect the nature and the modalities of scholarly workflows. On the other hand, it sets out to investigate the factors that either encourage or deter scholars from using digital methods and tools in their everyday work. Viewed from a broader perspective, the project is to foster the development of new digital applications and of collaborative research projects.

Workshop in Vienna (AT)

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Wednesday, 22/05/2019 (10.00-18.00h) – Thursday, 23/05/2019 (09:00-16:45h)
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Hollandstr. 11, Vienna (AT)

The aim of the workshop is to (1) introduce the participants to a modular setting of digital methods and tools, (2) to let them put these applications to the test when addressing authentic research questions, and (3) to discuss and evaluate their user experience in combination with the wider potential of digital methods in the Humanities. All presentations, exercises and discussions will relate to the digital edition and the analysis of the Variae, a collection of letters compiled by the late antique author and politician Cassiodorus (6th century CE).

The participants will be provided with insights into the following areas of the Digital Humanities:

  • Annotation
  • Collaboration
  • Contextualisation and analysis of big data
    • Network analysis and geo-referencing
    • Corpus-based linguistic analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Digital Publishing

The Project's Structure and Conceptualisation

The research ambition explained above is mirrored in the project’s structure and conceptualisation. It is made up of three closely interlinked components, each of which is being developed by one of the participating institutions.