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Other current projects

Becoming Urban - Reconstructing the city of Graz in the long 19th century (BeUrb)

  • Funding: ÖAW (go!digital Next Generation)
  • Scope: 06-2019 - 06-2021
  • Contact: Carina Koch

This project focuses on the development of the city of Graz in the "long 19th century" (1789-1914). A geographic information system will be established in order to analyze and visualize the transformation of the city through time as well as its perception thereof during the process of urbanization. Therefore, it combines maps with written sources, images as well as latest historical research data, using existing digital assets, which will be complemented by not yet digitized sources. Thereby, BeUrb lays a solid foundation for the analysis of the analysis of urban development in a period that is characterized by its rapid and radical changes.

Furthermore, the GIS provides a tool to identify places and structures, which had a strong impact on the city's evolution until today. Hence, the project not only gives an insight into the historical development but also provides approaches for a better understanding of the present-day city. Apart from the scholarly use of such a system, the project will implement a web-platform which will also be open for private and touristic use, that can be accessed with mobile devices on site and will be implemented in future exhibitions of the City of Graz Museum. Thus, as a collaboration of the University of Graz, the GrazMuseum and the city archive, the project output will benefit scholarly research that reaches into society, but also further community engagement and the knowledge transfer to local schools and international tourists.

The ZIM-ACDH is responsible for the data modelling of the primary sources, the technical implementation of the GIS and the web presentation.


Hearth Tax Digital

  • Funding: Roehampton University and British Academy
  • Scope: 2018-2019
  • Contact: Georg Vogeler and Jakob Sonnberger
  • gams.uni-graz.at/htx

Hearth Tax Digital is a platform for the publication and dissemination of data from the hearth tax records and other associated documents. Hearth taxes were levied in England and Wales from 1662 until 1689. The hearth tax provides a remarkably rich series of records on population, wealth distribution and poverty in a period of key political, social and economic change. The "Hearth Tax Digital" project is realised in cooperation with the Centre for Hearth Tax Research (University of Roehampton, UK) and supported by the British Academy.


Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative for Historical Accounts (DEPCHA)

  • Funding: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Wheaton College Massachusetts
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Christopher Pollin
  • http://gams.uni-graz.at/depcha

The Project “Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative for Historical Accounts”, a Andrew W. Mellon funded cooperation of five US partners and the Centre for Information Modelling at Graz University, aims to link the knowledge domain of economic activities to historical accounting records. For this purpose the so-called “Bookkeeping-Ontology” is developed.  It creates a publication hub for digital editions on the web, converting multiple formats into RDF and publishing these alongside the transcriptions and allows the usage of various retrieval and visualization functionalities, as well as interoperability and reuse of information in the sense of Linked Open Data.


Digital Culture. Improving the Digital Competences and Social Inclusion of Adults in Creative Industries

The project aims to create a sustainable and efficient education program dedicated to adult learners with low levels of digital literacy and working in the creative industries sector from Romania, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, UK and Ireland. The main outcomes include the Digital Skills and Social Inclusion for Creative Industries MOOC course, its integration in a blended-learning environment (Virtual Learning Hub), a Digital Skills e-assessment tool and Open Badges for Digital Skills.


Installation of the ‚Mittelalterllabor' at the University of Graz: digital, scholarly and science-to-public processing of the manuscript Graz, UB, Ms. 1609

  • Funding: Regional Government Styria
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Helmut W. Klug

Regional nutrition, sustainable lifestyles and health prophylaxis are of great importance for Styrians in the 21st century. But this was also the case in the Middle Ages and early modern times: This topic has a central significance not only in the historical everyday life, but also in the technical literature of this time. An impressive example of this is the manuscript Ms. 1609 of the Graz University Library from the late 15th century. In the project 'Mittelalterlabor' exactly these topics are prepared on the basis of German-medieval studies, digital humanities (Digital Edition) and scientific-communicative methods. On the basis of the contents of the late medieval manuscript, four course modules were developed for the amateur-oriented transfer of knowledge and practical application: Nutrition, medicine, sustainability, mentality. These courses form a further hands-on laboratory for the humanities within the framework of the 'Offenes Labor' at the University of Graz.


Institute in Ancient Itineraries

The Institute in Ancient Itineraries will develop a Proof of Concept for digital art history research, with a focus on spatial narratives. The project focuses on Linked Open Data (LOD) methods and their application in art history, in relation to the themes of geographies, provenances (e.g. the model of the Getty Provenance Index), and visualisations. The project is funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, and led by Dr Stuart Dunn, Dr Arianna Ciula, Prof Graeme Earl, Dr Will Wooton (King’s College London) and by Dr Anna Foka (Uppsala University and Umeå University).


War and media change

  • Funding: internal project
  • Scope: 2018-2019
  • Contact: Sanja Saric

The topic of the project "War and Media Change" are printed media which have the Schmalkaldic War (1546-1547) or the First French War of Religion (1562-1563) as a common subject of speech and speaking time. Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Gabriele Haug-Moritz has examined digital and printed bibliographic resources  that were available for these two events. She then compiled a data collection on 551 prints for the Schmalkaldic and 527 for the First French War of Religion. A TEI model and a web edition of this data are now being created as part of this project.​


Madgwas: a Database of Ethiopian Binding Decoration

  • Funding: Faculty of Humanities
  • Scope: 2018-2019
  • Contact:Sean M. Winslow, Gerlinde Schneider

Traditional catalogues of binding decoration are cumbersome to use and only publish representative samples due to page space limitations. Madgwas is a catalogue that links binding decoration, scribal tools, and individual manuscripts in a way that will serve a versatile set of researcher needs and drive research output for the project team. Named for the Ethiopic word for a binding stamp, will allow continuous expansion and the examination of groups or networks of related binding stamps and decorative patterns, allowing users to examine the subject with several different facets, including all impressions of a particular manuscript, all datable impressions from a time period, and all representatives of specific categories of tools. This will allow researchers to determine if there are techniques or styles that might help date manuscripts (Ethiopian manuscripts rarely have dated colophons before the 17th c.). Additionally, the ability to organize and visualize relationships between large numbers of tools and their respective stamps will aid in building upon current work and developing a clearer ontology of tool types.(and forthcoming monograph.) It leverages the sharing of manuscript images via IIIF, semantic ontologies, and the organizational capacities of the GAMS to support ongoing work documenting the Ethiopian artistic tradition as well as producing a handbook for the codicological description of Ethiopian manuscripts.


Hugo Schuchardt Archive - Migration Project

  • Funding: Faculty of Humanities
  • Scope: 2018-2019
  • Contact: Elisabeth Steiner

The Hugo Schuchardt Archive (HSA) is a digital platform which, to begin with, offers the complete works of the renowned eponymous linguist, but which also traces their contextualization under the heading of "Network of Knowledge". The nearly 14.000 letters received by Schuchardt and stored in his estate crucially contribute to understanding the genesis of his writings and they impressively illustrate the role that Schuchardt played in the institutionalization and codification process forming the philological disciplines, in the emergence of a broad linguistic discourse as well as in the foundation of single sub-disciplines like Creole studies. The Schuchardtian network will be offered as an integrated scientific whole, reaching from philology to linguistics, from Basque to languages of the Caucasus, from Romance to Celtic studies, from historical linguistics to Creole research, from language contact to grammar. Moreover, it reveals the astute reviewer and critic as well as the open-minded discussant that Schuchardt was in the process of the genesis of knowledge. The critical edition of the letters - written in over a dozen different languages - and its integration into the intellectual network via various search tools are only the first step; the picture will be completed by also integrating the legacy of manuscripts, fragments and sketches.


CoReMA: Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages: Corpus, Analysis, Visualisation

  • Funding: fwf (I 3614 Internationale Projekte), ANR
  • Scope: 2018-2021
  • Contact: Helmut W. Klug

Cooking traditions, local and continental, are one of the most recognizable items of Europeanculture, and a large part of European identities. Substantial evidence, namely manuscripts containing thousands of cookery recipes, first appears in the Middle Ages, which can be thusregarded as the birth of modern European cuisines. The project will prepare the cooking recipe transmission of France and the German speaking countries, which sums up to more than 80 manuscripts and ca. 8000 recipes, for the analysis of their origin, their relation, and their migration through Europe. The partners from the Laboratoire CESR (Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance), at the University of Tours and the Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung and the Department of Medieval German Studies at the University of Graz provide the expertise to collect, to edit according to scholarly and digital standards, and to analyze these multilingual texts following up-to-date quantitative and qualitative research methodology.

For more details see the proposal approved by the ANR.



Virtual didactic environment for Medieval Literature 3D

  • Funding: BMWF, Sparkling Science
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Gerlinde Schneider

This project in its third term is dedicated to exploring the prerequisites and dimensions of literary learning based on medieval texts. The focus of the cooperation with the Institute of German Studies lies in the further development of the "Virtual didactic environment for Medieval Literature". The portal presents the texts of the "Steirische Literaturpfade" as facsimile as well as in their transcription and translation. In addition, it offers field-tested materials for different school levels and types created in cooperation with teachers and students. In this respect, the (literary) world of the Middle Ages becomes an virtual learning environment.


Celtic Divine Names in the Inscriptions of the Roman Province Germania Inferior

The project evaluates all preserved inscriptions containing Celtic divine names in the Roman province Germania Inferior. This should lead to fundamental knowledge about the development and manifestations of the so-called Gallo-Roman provincial religion. However, this can also make an important contribution to the study of processes commonly referred to as Romanization. In addition to a print edition, an online corpus of inscriptions will be created, which will be implemented by the ZIM.


Retain Domain Specific Functionalities in a Generic Repository with Humanities Data

  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund, Open Research Data
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Georg Vogeler

The project is a continuation of the "Illuminated Charters" project (P 26.706) finished in 2017. The collection of illuminated charters added to the platform monasterium.net ( http://www.monasterium.net/mom/IlluminierteUrkunden/collection) will be integrated into a long term preservation strategy in the course of this project (ORD 84). It is ensured that the created research data will be archived and accessible in the centres digital repository GAMS.


Illuminated Charters II

  • Funding: go!digital 2.0, ÖAW
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Martina Bürgermeister and Georg Vogeler

The cooperation project with the Austrian Academy of Sciences is a follow up from the predecessor project of the same name. It provides enrichment of the corpus of the "Illuminierten Urkunden", which has been made publicly available on the platform monasterium.net, with personal, historical and art historical data and making them searchable via complex search queries.


The Imperial Diet of Regensburg of 1576

The project completes the editorial project “Reichstagsakten: Reichsversammlungen, 1556–1662”(Imperial Diet Records: Imperial Assemblies, 1556–1662) sponsored by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities. Since 1988, this project has overseen the editing of source material covering eleven imperial assemblies and the publication of fifteen sub-volumes (approx. 10,800 pages). The FWF/DFG project is a collaborative effort by the Historische Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and the University of Graz to transcribe and electronically edit the Imperial Diet Records from 1576. The edited text will be enriched with semantic markup and metadata using TEI/XML. This will open the generated research data for research using digital tools, allow for the connection to external, semantically structured resources and datasets following Semantic Web strategies and ensure the long-term preservation of the data.


Open Access Database “Adjective-Adverb Interfaces in Romance”

  • In cooperation with the Institute of Romance Studies
  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund, Open Research Data
  • Scope: 2017-2020
  • Contact: Gerlinde Schneider and Christopher Pollin

The project aims to provide open access to a range of corpora developed within the research group "Research Group on the Interfaces of Adjective and Adverb in Romance" at the University of Graz. The collected corpora are updated for this purpose and integrated into a general database. To ensure the highest level of continuity and compatibility, the database will follow several relevant standards set and promoted by the European Research Infrastructure Consortium for Language Resources CLARIN ERIC2. Key aspects of the project are: open access, adaptation to international standards, development of adjective adverb tagging standards, and linking data to other language resources via linked data.


Fabula docet –Who wants sour grapes? Graz Repository of ancient Fables (GRaF)

  • In cooperation with the Institute of Classical Philology
  • Funding: bmwfw - Sparkling Science
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Sarah Lang

This Sparkling Science Project aims at creating a respository of ancienct fables, generated through the joint effort of pupils of the ancient languages and scholars alike. A digital edition is the centrepiece of the project and contains a selection of fables (Phaedrus, Avian, Babrius, Aesop) including an apparatus, providing enrichment of the original texts with vocabulary, translations, explanations and parallel texts. The goal of the project is not to provide an interactive learning platform but to innovatively explore the concept of the “digital school book”, created by the pupils themselves but grounded in up-to-date scientific research on fables, provided by the scientists coordinating the project. Providing the original text in TEI annotated form - scientific comments as well as simple vocabulary help - the repository (available via the FEDORA based asset management GAMS) is completed with didactic materials as well as scientific introductions. It thereby challenges the Digital Humanities to explore this new kind of medium - somewhere between a digital (scholarly) edition and a learning platform.


Grotefend digital

  • Scope: since 2016
  • Contact: Georg Vogeler

Hermann Grotefend (1845-1931) created a standard for solving historical dates with his book „Zeitrechnung des deutschen Mittelalters und der Neuzeit“. At the beginning of the 21st century Dr. Horst Ruth digitalized this book with calenders and the index of all saints. This digital representation is the base of the project, with the goal to prepare the data for the semantic web as Linked Open Data in RDF. Content Statements are represented in ‘Triples’ with the usage of Linked-Open-Data Vocabularies. Therefor the Database can be enriched with RDF represented historical calendars. Additionally the RDF query language SPARQL gives more possibilities than full-text search.


The Mediality of Diplomatic Communication: Habsburg Envoys in Constantinople in the Mid-17th Century

  • In cooperation with the University of Salzburg
  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund
  • Scope: 2017-2019
  • Contact: Carina Koch and Georg Vogeler

The project about mediality of diplomatic communication is funded by the FWF and studies the correspondence of Habsburg ambassadors in Constantinople with the imperial court in Vienna. The main sources are letters by the envoy Johann Rudolf Schmid von Schwarzenhorn (1590-1667), including the correspondence of other residents in Constantinople and the travelogue of Johann Georg Metzger († 1697), which includes daily events as well as remarks on natural history, ethnography, maps or sketches. The textual sources will be edited, compared and analyzed with digital methods. The study of the letters focus on the relationship between author and recipient and rules of correspondence. Personal impressions and descriptions of events are also considered in the so far unpublished travel report. The data model and visualization options are developed at the centre.


Postcarding nation, language and identities. Lower Styria on Picture
Postcards (1885–1920)

  • In cooperation with the Institute of Slavic Studies
  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund
  • Scope: 2016-2018
  • Contact: Carina Koch

The aim of the project is the creation of a virtual collection of postcards from former Lower Styria, now the Slovenian Štajerska from the years 1885 to 1920. The research focus is the bilinguality of this historical region, which in these years is more and more in conflict with nationality. The electronic resource will offer search for linguistic and other criteria and make a contribution to the research of the shared history of the Slovene and German speaking population of the area. The centre will develop a data model and dissemination and visualisation strategies for the digital material.


Digital reconstruction of the literary estate of Stefan Zweig

  • In cooperation with the literary archive, University of Salzburg
  • Funding: University of Salzburg
  • Scope: 2017-2018
  • Contact: Christopher Pollin
  • www.stefanzweig.digital

The aim of the project is to merge the dispersed literary estate of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and make it accessible through the web for the public and scientific community. In cooperation with the Literaturarchiv Salzburg a digital reconstruction of the material will be offered to preserve this unique source and help bypass property and place boundaries. At a later stage the further and deeper exploitation and enrichment (digital edition) will be realized. 


Commentary on Werner Kofler's prose work - hybrid edition

  • In cooperation with the Department of German Studies, University of Vienna
  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund
  • Scope: 2017-2018
  • Contact: Helmut Klug

Since 2015 the Department of German Studies at the University of Vienna has been working on the individual prose works of this important Austrian satirist (1947-2011) as part of the FWF project "Commentary on Werner Kofler's prose work" (P 27418). This comment forms the basis of the present publication project. The digital commentary is part of a hybrid edition, in which the primary text is published in book form. The digital commentary includes annotated archive and image material, which is made accessible via indices as well as spatial and temporal visualization.


Cantus Network – a semantically enriched digital edition of libri ordinarii of the Salzburg metropolitan province 

  • In cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Funding: National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development
  • Scope: 2015-2019
  • Contact: Christian Steiner, Johannes Stigler

For many centuries, the ecclesiastical province of Salzburg, along with its suffragan dioceses of Brixen, Freising, Regensburg and Salzburg, played a key role in the cultural history of Austria and Bavaria. It is thus all the more important that the many surviving liturgical musical sources that constitute an important part of this cultural heritage are made digitally accessible and subjected to scholarly analysis. In scholarly studies of libri ordinarii, critical transcriptions of the Latin texts need to be followed up with an in-depth analysis of the origins of the liturgy and the commentaries. This project’s main aim will be to translate the libri ordinarii into TEI. As part of a second point of focus, the secondary sources – that is the liturgical and musical sources, such as graduals, missals, sequentiaries, antiphonars and so on – will be analysed and edited for uploading onto the online platform. The concrete shape of a chant, for example, will appear in its complete form (and with musical notation, if applicable) behind the incipits of thelibri ordinarii.


Handbook of Grammatical Variation in Standard German

This project examines the areal induced grammatical differences of standard German. While lexical phenomena are well documented other parts like morphology, morphosyntax and syntax are not equally well covered. This new corpus-based approach aims at the first documentation of such areal differences with the publication of a handbook. The center supports the researchers with a virtual research environment facilitating the structured compilation, documentation and interpretation of the corpus data.

Prosopographical database of ancient hetaerae

  • Funding: internal
  • Scope: Since 2013
  • Contact: Gunter Vasold

In cooperation with the Department for Ancient History, this project will create a prosopographical database of all hetaerae mentioned in ancient sources. Each dataset will be linked to the respective text and secondary literature.


Gralis Text-Korpus

Nested in a major project at the Department of Slavic Studies and based on developments of the Institute for Natural Language Processing at the University of Stuttgart, a framework for managing and conducting complex searches was created for multimodal parallel Slavic language corpora.    


IPR and Copyright Issues in Science and Education

  • Funding: Internal (FNMA)
  • Scope: Since 2009
  • Contact: Walter Scholger

A national initiative of experts gathered from all Austrian universities is pursuing a change of the pertinent Austrian laws and offering advice, training and guidelines to colleagues at Austrian universities.  



Elisabethstraße 59/III 8010 Graz
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