In light of the steadily growing production of digital contents at colleges and universities, the challenge to develop sensible strategies and infrastructural measures which allow the unimpeded usage of the potential of these contents arises with increasing urgency. Hence, questions of the electronic ingestion, analysis and archiving of knowledge have become ever more prominent in many areas of humanistic studies.
For the diverse activities involving the provision, production, storage and archiving (short: management) of digital content, the term “Digitally Asset Management" (DAM) has established itself.
The Center for Information-Modelling at the University of Graz initiated the realisation of a comprehensive project for the management of digital contents in 2003. The Geisteswissenschaftliche Asset-Management-System [GAMS] [engl. Humanistic Asset Management System) has since been used within the scope of a huge number of cooperative projects with partners from inside and outside the university, and is constantly developed further, based on practical requirements and needs of humanistic research.
Together with scientists from specific domains we work on the digital representation of humanistic text corpora, source materials and other scientific content. The challenges in this process deeply touch questions of methodology in the treated discipline.
Based on standardised data models and annotation languages we try to support our project partners in the sustainable and automated semantic enrichment of their scientific content. Furthermore, we develop new models and concepts in the field of long-term availability and digital knowledge management.