Dealing with IT-related methodological research issues has long been a tradition at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Graz. Since the 1990s, applied research in the field of information processing in the humanities has been used to amass a scientific technical IT infrastructure and subject-specific expertise in the development and implementation of digital research methods in the humanities. This expertise has been brought into wider teaching and the university’s commitment to this field of research was cemented in 2008 with the establishment of the ‘Centre for Information Modelling in the Humanities’ (Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung in den Geisteswissenschaften).
In terms of content, digital editions form the central research topic at the Centre. These are understood to be widely applicable methods in the humanities for the semantic and formal indexing of cultural artefacts. This is not only applicable to texts, but also to other media forms of digital representations of cultural heritage, too.
In addition to digital methods for the indexing analysis of humanities research data, the Centre is also keenly interested in the sustainable preservation and long-term archiving of humanities data. This is shown by the sustainable and continuous development of the research data repository, GAMS (Geisteswissenschaftliches Asset Management System).
Aside from conceptual and technical expertise, and curatorial skills needed for the digitisation of cultural heritage, the Centre also focuses on mediation. This includes topics such as media didactics, as well as legal, ethical and social issues in the field of Open Science and in the provision of free, public access to digital resources in research and teaching.
As one of the leading Austrian centres for digital humanities, the Centre for Information Modelling in the Humanities is a member of organisations DHd (Digital Humanities in the German-speaking Region) and centerNet (the International Network of Digital Humanities Centres), as well as numerous other international research frameworks (e.g. CLARIN-ERIC, DARIAH-EU) and professional organisations (e.g. TEI, ICARUS, RDA). The ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations) has also entrusted us with the organisation of their international annual conference in 2023.