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Other current projects

Ödön von Horváth: Edition and dissemination

In cooperation with the Franz Nabl Institute, a digital edition of Horváth's dramas is being developed in this project. In addition to the edition of the drama texts themselves, the editorial work will focus on their quantitative research and presentation, including representations of figure networks.


Integrative Science Communication: “Science Ink.”

  • Funding: FWF
  • Scope: 2019 - 2020
  • Contact: Helmut Klug

The proposed project plans to prepare aspects of medieval cuisine and methods of the Digital Humanities for a predominantly young target group with little affinity to university life. Classically not being the primary target group of science communication, they will be introduced to the work of researchers at a university and to certain contents of the Humanities. Direct communication of research is hard to accomplish with such a target audience. In order to reach the interest of the target group, science is combined with a topic that is thematically not related and still controversial in society. The main product of the project is a series of video clips in the style of a docusoap ("Science Ink.") set in a tattoo studio where the tattoo artist and the researcher talk about their work. In the production of the film clips, special interests of the target group, current video and YouTube trends, explanatory video methods and aspects of science communication are combined. Science enters the conversation via "fade-ins" in which other locations (e.g. office, classroom, and kitchen) are introduced. This framework serves as a communication hub for scientific contents about medieval nutrition, cooking instructions for historical meals and research of the Digital Humanities as well as information about tattooing.


DERLA - Digitale Erinnerungslandschaft

  • Funding: Zukunftsfonds Steiermark / Republik Österreich
  • Scope: 2019 - 2021
  • Contact: Sebastian Stoff

The under the direction of the Center for Jewish Studies with cooperation partners (Centre for Information Modelling, KFU, History Didactics and _erinnerin.at_) initiated project, pursues the goal of developing a georeferenced webplatform for the places of remembrance of the terror
and the victims of National Socialism in Styria and beyond. The aim is to not just create an online documentation for all the manifest places of remembrance in Styria, but also to discover new forms of presentation and to develop new perspectives of a digitally mediated remembrance pedagogy.    


Kofler intermedial

The aim is to comment on and print the 24 radio plays, the play and the film script of this aesthetically highly reflective author. Volume IV of the edition will contain the primary texts as well as the commentaries. At the same time the commentary will be published online. In this way, this important aesthetic position within Austrian literature will be made visible in the whole range of its writing styles and a hybrid edition will be offered which is characterised by practicability, manageability and a high user factor, thus satisfying not only the needs of literary studies but also those of an interested readership. A further goal is to explore the possibilities of the Internet as a medium for the publication of scientific editions of radio plays. In addition, a research platform for the investigation of intermedial phenomena is being worked on.

Nuns and Monks - Prosopographical Interfaces

  • Funding: ÖAW | go!digital Next Generation
  • Scope: 2019 - 2021
  • Contact: Sebastian Stoff

NAMPI will create an RDF semantic database based on the factoid model ontology developed by Pasin & Bradley, which together with additional content-oriented ontologies allows an accurate portrayal of the lives of early modern nuns and monks. The data will be made available to researchers and for reuse by other projects through a modern and well-documented REST API and a website based on it.


Distant Spectators: Distant Reading for Periodicals of the Enlightenment (DiSpecs)

The enlightened Spectator press of the 18th century constitutes an important cultural heritage of the world. It complied with the democratic ideal of disseminating cultural and moral issues, techniques and practices within a non-academic audience, popularizing enlightened ideas, such as cosmopolitanism, tolerance, intellectual criticism, self-reflection and social responsibility. Based on the existing text corpus of the digital scholarly edition of the Spectators (http://gams.uni-graz.at/mws), this cooperation between the Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology, the Know-Center GmbH Graz, and the Instiute Centre for Information Modelling - Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) and the Institute for Romance Studies, both at the University of Graz, aims at investigating this multilingual corpus with computer-aided methods of quantitative text-analysis.

In the course of DiSpecs, it is expected that revelations about the shift of topics over time and geographic distance as well as stylistic features will allow for the formulation of statements about prominent trends and zeitgeist in the 18th century journals. In particular, the quantitative analysis of the Spectator discourses aims to enhance and improve the studies on micro-narration regarding the repetition of motifs throughout different journals. Another focus is on the transnational-transfer and development of this literary genre, while keeping geographical, cultural and temporal specifics under constant consideration.


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: Martina Bürgermeister

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


Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative for Historical Accounts (DEPCHA)

  • Funding: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Wheaton College Massachusetts
  • Scope: 2017-2020
  • 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.


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).


Hugo Schuchardt Archive - Migration Project

  • Funding: Faculty of Humanities
  • Scope: 2018-2020
  • 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 Institute 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.


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.


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: 2017-2020
  • 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.


Digital reconstruction of the literary estate of Stefan Zweig

  • In cooperation with the literary archive, University of Salzburg
  • Funding: University of Salzburg
  • Scope: 2017-2021
  • 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. 


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.  



Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. M.A.

Georg Vogeler

Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz


Elisabethstraße 59/III, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 5790

Office and library opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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