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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

  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund, Hochschulraumstrukturmittel
  • Scope: 2017-2020
  • Contact: Elisabeth Steiner

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.


Modeling semantically Enhanced Digital Edition of Accounts (MEDEA)

  • Funding: Digital Humanities award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and German Research Foundation
  • Contact: Georg Vogeler

Modeling semantically Enhanced Digital Edition of Accounts (MEDEA), a project funded through a 2015 Bilateral Digital Humanities award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the German Research Foundation, will offer publication and access services to a wide range of editors and users interested in the information contained in historical accounting records. This hub will allow editors to upload their transcriptions from multiple formats—including Excel, Drupal, XML/TEI—without the need for encoding expertise. As outputs, the hub will offer visualizations of current interest to editors. In addition, the hosted data will be converted to Resource Definition Framework (RDF), referencing to a shared MEDEA bookkeeping ontology, which will make it discoverable for data mining for historians who seek to take advantage of the semantic web and for researchers in fields other than history.


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 ( 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, with personal, historical and art historical data and making them searchable via complex search queries.


The Imperial Diet of Regensburg of 1576

  • In cooperation with the Institute of History
  • Funding: Austrian Science Fund
  • Scope: 2018-2021
  • Contact: Roman Bleier

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

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.  



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