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Ada-Humboldt-Hackathon: Layering Datasets from the "Viral Texts Project" onto Existing Collections


Many Digital Humanities projects, including Viral Texts, produce large datasets derived from existing collections, such as the digitized newspapers in the Library of Congress, Internet Archive, and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. It is not scalable to reingest this derived data into those collections. Many cultural heritage institutions, however, have converged on the International Image Interoperability Framework (https://iiif.io/) for providing access to digitized books, images, and other data. IIIF provides facilities to overlay annotations, transcriptions, and other data on top of the original images, audio, and video or to reassemble documents out of fragments in mutliple locations. We propose to build tools to help researchers discover, browse, and search derived data related to IIIF library collections. By creating a tool that overlays research data atop its source collection website, we aim to model how digital humanists might make research data more readily available to scholars, students, and members of the public without the technical expertise required to find and make use of data repositories, free-standing databases, and similar solutions which currently dominate the digital humanities field.

Time & Place 

08.07 & 09.07. 2024  
Villa Engler@FU 

Library Lecture #1 by Prof. Ryan Cordell

"Towards a Bibliography for AI Systems"

An inaugural library lecture by AvH Senior Fellow Prof. Ryan Cordell (The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Abstract: To date, much bibliographic study of digital textuality has focused on the materiality of computation—forensic studies of the hard drive's textual inscriptions, for example, or vertical analysis of the layered software and hardware of a single ebook. Less clear, however, is how such approaches might apply to the texts generated by a large language model (LLM) such as ChatGPT.  While the data for LLMs exists somewhere, that existence is far more diffuse, abstract, and distributed than that of a discrete digital document or bound set of files. Is the textual data undergirding an LLM inscribed in any single place to which we could point, in the way that bibliographers point to a particular witness of a particular state of a particular edition of a particular book, or does this new medium require a more capacious bibliographical approach? The "black box" constructed by the corporate owners of popular LLMs further obfuscates bibliographical investigations, forcing researchers to speculate about material realities through indirect clues rather than through direct experience of material substrates.

DraCor Onboarding Workshop for Hebrew and Yiddish

The study of language – its nature, its speakers, and the culture it creates – has always relied on access to a body of text, known as a corpus (pl. corpora). Ideally, a language corpus is large, balanced in terms of the authors who wrote it (their gender, location, age, and so forth), representative of various genres, and in our age also digitally encoded. With the rise of sophisticated Digital Humanities (DH) methods in recent years, the scientific community has raised the bar for corpora, such that they are expected to conform to accepted standards in their encoding, allow easy extraction of information about the corpus texts (e.g., in the form of metadata), offer visualization of corpus contents, and be freely accessible to the research community as well as to the public. This workshop contributes to filling this gap. By combining complementary expertise in Hebrew linguistics, corpus annotation, and Linked Open Data on the one hand (HUJI) and text encoding for drama, corpus visualization, and information extraction on the other hand (FUB), we propose to design and publish novel state-of-the-art resources for the study of language and literature in Hebrew and Yiddish. We bring together expert researchers from Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) with active DH projects at the intersection of literature and linguistics.

When:                            11.09.23 - 13.09.23
Where:                           FU Berlin / Online 
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Info:                               Programme

DIHMA.LAB/MaRDI „Digital Humanities meet Mathematics“

Das Labor DIHMA.LAB “Digital Humanities meet Mathematics” des ADA Lovelace Centers for Digital Humanties der FU Berlin lädt gemeinsam mit MaRDI, der Forschungsdateninitiative der Mathematik, zu einem Workshop in Berlin ein.

Der erste Workshop in dieser Konstellation dient vor allem dem Kennenlernen, dem Vernetzen und der Identifikation von Schnittstellen. Ausgangspunkt soll sein, was die Disziplinen als ihre eigenen “Forschungsdaten” bezeichnen würden und wie sie damit “umgehen” wollen.

Wir gehen davon aus, dass die Teilnehmenden aus den (Digital) Humanities und die Teilnehmenden aus der Mathematik mit gewissen Erwartungshaltungen an die jeweils andere Fachdisziplin in diesen Workshop gehen werden. Es wird daher ein Austausch auf wissenschaftlicher, praktisch-technischer und forschungs-kultureller Ebene angestrebt, der das Ziel hat, Erwartungshaltungen zu hinterfragen und (auch technisch) Schnittstellen für eine effiziente Zusammenarbeit zu schaffen.

Wann?                              20.09.22 - 21.09.22
Wo?                                  Henry-Ford Bau (FU Berlin)/Online
Registrierung?                Zur Anmeldung
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DHC Lecture by Aaron Mauro (Brock University)

Hacking in the Humanities: Cybersecurity, Speculative Fiction, and Navigating a Digital Future

07.06.2022 | 18:15

DH Lecture by Aaron Mauro (Brock University) in cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center

It is possible, with little controversy, to say that digital literacy is necessary to live a well-connected life in the 21st century. Because so much of our personal and professional lives are lived online, more than a passing awareness of cyber security is needed to maintain our personal safety and institutional integrity. Digital Humanities (DH) is an interdisciplinary field of study with a special focus on the digitization of the cultural legacy of humanity. The production and protection of cultural artifacts online will require research security policies and data protection activities capable of adapting to the changing political contexts on the internet. This presentation explores these issues, as well as those addressed in my recent book, Hacking in the Humanities (Bloomsbury 2022). I will describe how an activist (or perhaps hacktivist) sensibility allows for citizens to build and defend their cultural institutions. For instance, hack-a-thons are a feature of DH pedagogy and practice that is well suited to the rapid response necessary to protect digital cultural artifacts and repel misinformation with facts. After all, digital humanists are builders of labs and centres, which have become critical infrastructure in the development of durable cultural artifacts online. Digital humanists are possessed of the disciplinary breadth to understand vulnerabilities in our shared cultural and technical systems. Digital humanists can connect the complex cultural, historical, and political forces that animate attackers while mitigating risks and responding to attacks on cultural institutions. In this way, DH will play an increasing role in securing our digital futures.


A recording of the talk can be found here

Eröffungssymposium des »Ada Lovelace Center for Digital Humanities«

03.06.2022 | 10:00 - 16:00 

Das »Ada Lovelace Center for Digital Humanities« ein interdisziplinäres Kompetenzzentrum für die digitalen Geisteswissenschaften hat im Frühjahr 2022 die Arbeit aufgenommen. Das ADA bündelt, vernetzt und befördert die Aktivitäten der digitalen Geisteswissenschaften an der Freien Universität und wird getragen von den Fachbereichen Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaften, Mathematik und Informatik und der Universitätsbibliothek.

Das ADA fördert die reflektierte und infrastrukturell gestützte Integration geisteswissenschaftlicher Fragestellungen, informationstechnischer Verfahren und mathematischer Modellierungen. In Verbindung mit und komplementär zum Dahlem Humanities Center fungiert es als geisteswissenschaftlicher Hub an der Freien Universität Berlin und innerhalb der Berlin University Alliance sowie regional und international.

Zur feierlichen Eröffnung des »Ada Lovelace Center for Digital Humanities« veranstalten wir ein Eröffnungssymposium (3.6.) mit einer sich anschließenden Week-of-DH 

Ort: im Akademischen Senatssaal des HenryFord-Bau (Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem)

FUB-HUJI Digital Humanities Winterschool @ The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 27.2-1.3.2023

Funded by the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) and the German U15 Network the Hebrew University of Jerusalem הַאוּנִיבֶרְסִיטָה הַעִבְרִית בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם (HUJI) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) hosted a joint DH Winterschool from 27.02.2023 - 01.03.2023

The term Digital Humanities (DH) refers to the utilization of computational tools (from off-the-shelf software to specifically tailored algorithms) to enrich traditional research and develop new and cutting-edge methods in the humanities. In recent years, DH snowballed from being a technical-methodological supplement to extant research in the humanities to an independent discipline that corresponds with and challenges the knowledge and methodologies in traditional research areas in the humanities. As such, DH redefines the investigated objects and how we understand them, be it text, map, physical artifacts, handwriting, corpus, language, sound, or image. In addition, the last decade saw a flourish of DH in the various universities having dedicated conferences, journals, associations, and teaching programs.

In this winter school, students were  presented with various aspects of DH of different traditional disciplines. Participants will acquire basic skills in available DH-related software, learn about cutting-edge projects from recent years and, get an in-depth understanding of how these projects were conducted, meet other graduate students interested in DH from the various institutions in Israel and Germany.

Trilateral UZH – HUJI – FUB Online Science Fair on Digital Humanities

The University of Zürich (UZH), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) and Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) are jointly launching an online science fair on Digital Humanities. The aim of the fair is to identify researchers from both the Humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) related fields who are interested in the application of digital/computational approaches in the Humanities and to offer them an exploratory platform to connect, discuss, and to form potential inter-university collaborations.

Date: Wednesday, June 8th 2022, 9-13.00 CET/ 10-14.00 IST

Keywords: computational text analysis, data mining, databases in the humanities, digital editions, digital visual arts, GIS, image/signal processing in the humanities, mapping, network analysis, non-invasive analytical techniques, social media harvesting, spatial DH

Relevant fields (in addition to humanities, including, but not limited to): data science, computer science and electrical engineering (NLP + image processing), applied mathematics, geography (GIS), analytical chemistry, archaeology. 

Venue: online 

Digital*Humanities im Gespräch #25

DraCor – Ein Forschungsprojekt zur Analyse des europäischen Dramas und seine digitale Umgebung

09.06.2022 | 14:15

Lecture by Frank Fischer (Freie Universität Berlin) as part of the Digital*Humanities in Conversation series of the Dahlem Humanities Center

Wie andere Forschungsprojekte der digitalen Literaturwissenschaft auch ist das DraCor-Projekt (https://dracor.org/) mit seinen multilingualen Korpora vorderhand für die Analyse mit computerlinguistischen Mitteln prädestiniert. Literarische Korpora können aber mehr. Ausgestattet mit den richtigen Metadaten, etwa zu Autor*innen, Werken, Figuren, profitieren Sie vom Wissen in ihrer digitalen Umgebung, vor allem der Linked Open Data-Cloud. Im Vortrag wird demonstriert, wie literarische Korpora von diesen Informationen profitieren und wie sie selbst projektübergreifend zu dieser Informationsvielfalt beitragen können.

Ort: via Webex

Please register here by June 7, 2022. 

In cooperation with the Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC)Center für Digitale Systeme (CeDiS)