Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) deals with a theoretical basis and practical use of digital technologies in research, teaching and promotion of philological, lexicographic, literature and other humanities. At their web site you can find articles on the theory and practice of digital humanities, news from the field, as well as reviews of projects in which Center for Digital Humanities participates.
There are many projects that was supported or developed by Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities. Two most famous projects are “Reklakaza.la” and “Transpoetika“.
Goal of “Reklakaza.la” project is to use modern technology to revive interest in the Serbian language and Serbian lexicography. Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities started announcing every day one term of “Serbian Dictionary” over http://reklakaza.la website. Website visitors can analyze and comment on articles, add their own examples and take part in the general conversation. Apart from the above mentioned website, words from the dictionary can be monitored through the popular social networks Twitter and Facebook.
Another project, “Transpoetika” is an innovative academic initiative for the use of digital technology in the study of Serbian language and literature. It is an attempt to revive the Serbian lexicographic and publishing practices in the 21. century. The project is based on the belief that it is necessary to give a chance to the smaller languages to find a proper place in a global, information society. “Transpoetika” is also a platform for digital publishing studio editions of literary works in Serbian language and lexicographical collaborative platform that enables the development of a modern, bilingualised Serbian-English dictionaries, thesauri and semantic digital database. Linking publishing and lexicographic activity, the authors want to contribute to the digitization of the Serbian cultural heritage, development of the Serbian language and culture presentation of Serbian culture abroad.
Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities also participates in many activities. In 2010, they supported the Association of humanities researchers institute to create Internet Library of Serbia for the Humanities and the Arts. At the Conference on “Digital Humanities” at King’s College London, Director of CDH, Tasovac Toma, had a remarkable lecture on lexicographical theory and practice at the time of the electronic revolution. Another interesting fact is that CDH became a member of “centerNet” (international network of digital humanities centers, the first institution of its kind in Southeast Europe). Since its establishment in April 2007, “centerNet” brought together over 200 members throughout the world in order to promote cooperation among scientific institutions dealing with digital humanities. Therefore, CDH is honored to be part of such important and famous group.
In Serbia, there are only a few digitization projects that are primarily related to scientific and cultural heritage. According to that, Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities is one of a few organizations that recognized digitization as a necessity of research in modern science, a way for the preservation of certain segments of the national culture and tool for penetration of that culture on the global scene. Their work will surely arouse wider interest and encourage other institutions to begin their work in this area.