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Other current projects

Celtic Divine Names in Latin Inscriptions of the Military Zone in Germania Superior on the Left Bank of the River Rhine. Religious Phenomena in a Cultural Contact Zone

As a continuation of the FWF-project, “Celtic Divine Names in the Inscriptions of the Roman Province Germania Inferior. A Case Study on Religion in the Context of Cultural Contacts and Cultural Transfer” (P 29274-G25), the new project will focus on the military zone in Germania Superior on the left bank of the river Rhine, where a similar population structure can be observed. Thus, it is intended that the results so far achieved be verified, investigated more thoroughly and added to.

The work of the project will be divided in two parts. Part one will comprise the compilation and new edition of all the relevant inscriptions and will be freely available online. Part two will be provided in print. It will contain a detailed presentation of each Celtic divine name in the study area, as well as an analysis of all those Celtic divine names, particularly focusing on sociocultural aspects and aspects of the history of mentalities concerning religion in cultural contact zones.


Early Medieval Glosses And The Question Of Their Genesis: A Case Study On The Vienna Bede Gloss-ViBe

The project is funded by a H2020-MSCA Individual Fellowship. The main research question is: “Are vernacular glosses original compositions or translations from original Latin glosses?” This question can only be answered through an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, the present project investigates the Celtic and Latin glosses on the Venerable Bede’s De Temporum Ratione found in the manuscript Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Codex 15298 (olim Suppl. 2698) from different angles including digital humanities, philology and linguistics. The two main aims are:

  1. A comprehensive digital edition of the Vienna Bede including the main text and the paratext
  2. A theoretical framework of research early medieval glossed corpora 


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.

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

The Spectator press of the 18th century constitutes an important cultural heritage from the Age of Enlightenment. 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 Institute Centre for Information Modelling - Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) and the Institute for Romance Studies, both at the University of Graz, investigated this multilingual corpus using computational methods of quantitative text-analysis. This reviled the shift of topics over time and geographic distance as well as stylistic features, which enabled the formulation of statements about prominent trends and the Zeitgeist in the 18th century periodicals. An important focal point is 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: 2017-2023
  • 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.

Philingk: Linked Knowledge on History of (Romance) Philology and Linguistics

  • Funding: FWF
  • Scope: 2021–2023
  • Contact: Elisabeth Steiner

The project Philingk: Linked Knowledge on History of (Romance) Philology and Linguistics is a cooperation between the Institute Centre for Information Modelling - Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ZIM-ACDH) of the University of Graz, the Institute of Linguistics of the University of Graz, and the Institute of Romance Studies of the University of Zurich. It deals with the correspondence between Gaston Paris and Hugo Schuchardt (185 letters) and its significance in the history of (Romance) philology and linguistics. The two correspondents, although almost the same age and academically socialized in comparable contexts, followed very different paths and maintained an extremely fruitful epistolar discourse until Paris' death. The correspondence will be edited both analogously and digitally (hybrid edition), integrated into the existing digital Hugo Schuchardt Archive, annotated and indexed, and integrated into the aggregation server CorrespSearch of the BBAW (Berlin). The goal is to virtually represent this central component of a discourse network that existed in the later 19th century, as well as to make it publicly accessible (open access) and available for new research questions.


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.


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

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