Arts and Humanities, computational linguistics, DARIAH, Digital Humanties, eTRACES, Gottingen Center for Digital Humanities, Gottingen Research Campus, Internet & Society, natural language processing, PALAMEDES, text mining
Gottingen Center for Digital Humanities (GCDH) is the institution which is a part of the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen. This center coordinates and conducts research, teaching and infrastructure activities at the Gottingen Research Campus in the field of Digital Humanities. The Gottingen Centre for Digital Humanities is closely collaborating with and is supported by: The Gottingen State and University Library and following faculties: Humanities (in a coordinating role), Law, Social Sciences ,Theology and Economic Sciences. The GCDH cooperates closely with The Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, The Herzog August Library in Wolfenbuttel and The Max Planck Society / Max Planck Digital Library.
GCDH mainly focuses on research activities. They have established Digital text analysis working group, which brings together group of interdisciplinary researchers to discuss new digital approaches for many aspects of texts. They discuss about computational linguistics, natural language processing (NLP), text mining, stylometrics and other text aspects. In group meetings, one researcher presents method or tool from his/her own research and then other participants discuss. Digital text analysis working group is created in order to improve understanding of digital approaches of text aspects at Gottingen Research Campus.
When it comes to project research, there are several projects in which GCDH participate: Digital Humanities Research Collaboration, DARIAH, eTRACES and PALAMEDES. The descriptions of each project is following.
Digital Humanities Research Collaboration is created in order to visibly establish Digital Humanities in the Gottingen Research Campus. Partners of GCDH in this collaborations are: Herzog August Library in Wolfenbuttel, Archaologisches Institut der Universität Gottingen, Goettingen State and University Library, Gesellschaft fur Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung and other partners across he Gottingen Research Campus. Digital Humanities Research Collaboration is founded by Lower Saxony Ministry of Research and Culture as part of the “Lower Saxony Advance” of the Volkswagen Foundation. There are 3 sub-projects on which this collaboration is working: “Digital Library and Virtual Museum”, “Internet and Society” and “Infrastructure and Teaching”.
The goal of DARIAH project is to allow long term access to, and use of, all European Arts and Humanities digital research data. In this project, GCDH presents German part of DARIAH-EU Coordination Office (DCO) and is in charge for overall coordination and communication in DCO.
The main focus of “eTRACES” lies on temporal traces and interconnecting relations of text passages in German language novels from between 1500 and 1900, as well as social science texts created since 1909. Project partners are the chair for Natural Language Processing at the University of Leipzig (ASV), the Gottingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH), as well as the GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Bonn. GCDH works on sub-project which focuses on German Bible as evidenced in citations over the history of German literature.
PALimpsestorum Aetatis Mediae EDitiones Et Studia (PALMEDES) is an international cooperation project of the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen in conjunction with the University of Bologna and the Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Greece (MIET) in Athens. PALAMEDES is dedicated to the editorial development of two highly significant medieval manuscripts, the newly discovered and unexplored texts of Greek secular literature: New fragments of Euripides and a previously unknown ancient commentary on Aristotle.
Also there are other ongoing projects in GCDH: “Johann Friedrich Blumenbach – online”, “Theodor Fontane’s notebooks”, “TextGrid – Virtuelle Forschungsumgebung fur die Geisteswissenschaften” and “ARCHAEO 18: The archaeology lectures of Christian Gottlob Heynes”.
GCDH also organizes events which are related to Digital Humanities field. One of the upcoming events is “Lecture series ‘Internet & Society’ ” where social, technological and political interactions of the Internet and society will be discussed.
Using GCDH as an example of German Digital Humanities research lab, we can come to conclusion that the field of Digital Humanities in Germany is very “alive” and according to that, many successful Digital Humanities projects can be expected in the future.