Research Center Digital Humanities


assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Eva Pfanzelter (Department of Contemporary History)

Deputy Heads

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tanzer (Research Institute Brenner-Archiv)

Univ.-Prof. Adam Jatowt, PhD (Department of Computer Science)

Research Objectives

Just like other research disciplines the humanities, too, are touched by the paradigm shift through the digital revolution. The Digital Humanities (DH) aim at the study, the usage and the development of the vastly advancing information technology in cultural sciences and humanities. Not only do DH adapt older methods to new technologies; but they also develop new research strategies resp. methods. While engaging in the digital methods DH also focus on the effects of the “digital turn” for the society and for the researches.

In many faculties of the University of Innsbruck (LFU) scholars are already conducting research projects belonging to DH. Larger corpora are analyzed using computer linguistic methods; primary sources are edited with the help of modern data modelling languages; 3D data models of our cultural monuments are being created; and new algorithms are tested to improve the quality of OCR.

The Research Center for Digital Humanities (RC) was created to ease the research in DH and to gather efforts in this research area. It is meant to be a contact point within the University of Innsbruck (LFU). On the one hand the center should serve as a platform for all researchers working in the field of DH, where they can exchange their experience and discuss new approaches. On the other hand it can also be a consulting instance for those who want to use DH in their own researches. Due to the very broad working field of DH there are many experts in different areas. The RC should provide their expertise to people also outside of the LFU.

In a field, in which the research advances quickly, it is difficult to get a good overview over the disciplines and keep it at the same time. The RC will therefore also foster the internal communication and international cooperation, organize lectures and workshops as well as initialize cooperative projects. By doing so, we hope to document the progress of the research in certain subfields and to promote and to discuss new research questions.

Affiliated Organisational Units

 Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics

 Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Faculty of Humanities 1 (Philosophy and History)

Faculty of Humanities 2 (Language and Literature)

Faculty of Teacher Education

School of Catholic Theology 

School of Social and Political Sciences

  University Library

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