Digital Humanities

Provider

Institute of Art History

Basic Course: Apply and Reflect on Methods of the Digital Humanities

Description

This basic course aims at the systematic teaching of digital core competences in text- and image-based sciences and the ability to apply them to changing scientific questions. The focus is on cultural artefacts, in particular textual and visual works, as well as their data modelling and (re)presentation in the digital context.

The course introduces the following topics:

  • What are Digital Humanities?
  • Data and information (databases, ontologies, FAIR principle)
  • Basic understanding of programming and markup languages (Computational Thinking)
  • Text processing (sign & numbers, text editors, file formats)
  • Introduction to web development (webservers, webpages, HTML, CSS, http, domains & URLs)
  • Digital Editions
  • Artificial Intelligence and ethics (automatic text & image recognition)

Furthermore, this course promotes the competence to critically reflect on the digital transformation in order to understand its impact on education, research and society. Course contents are interdisciplinary and practice-oriented, i.e. technical basics are taught and various digital methods and tools from the different disciplines are practically tested.

Target group

Open to Bachelor's and Master's students of all faculties (in particular students with only little previous technical knowledge and/or little experience in the field of digital methods and tools).

Course dates

Hybrid course (presence and blended learning). Course takes place every 14 days on Tuesday, 14.15-15.45.

Assessment / ECTS Credits

Creation of a digital presentation and active participation / 3 ECTS.

Advanced Course: Methods of the Digital Humanities: Optical Character Recognition

Description

The aim of this advanced course is to systematically teach text processing skills and the ability to apply them with selected tools and texts from a wide range of scientific fields and fields of study (such as historical documents in legal history, natural sciences, theology, etc.).

The course builds on the introduction to text digitization and processing in the basic course Applying and Reflecting on Methods of Digital Humanities.

For the application of automatic text recognition, the tools OCR4all and Transkribus are presented. OCR4all is a tool for the automatic text recognition of historical print texts. Transkribus is a platform used for digitization, AI-supported text recognition, transcription, and annotation of historical documents.

Target group

Open to Bachelor's and Master's students of all faculties. Knowledge of the basic course Applying and Reflecting on Methods of Digital Humanities, the course Studium Digitale or comparable previous knowledge is required.

Course dates

Hybrid course (presence and online). The theory block is provided online and independent of time, the practical block on site will take place on

  • Monday, 27.06.2022, 09.00 - 17.00

Assessment / ECTS Credits

Passing the theory block online, as well as the development of a project assignment within the framework of the practical block. 1 ECTS credit.

Advanced Course: Methods of the Digital Humanities: Relational Databases

Description

The aim of this advanced course is to systematically teach further knowledge of relational databases and the ability to apply it to changing data sets of various scientific fields and fields of study (such as images, literature, court decisions, publications, patents, chemicals, medicines, etc.). Both the theoretical model and the technical implementation of the database will be discussed. The course builds on the introduction to databases in the basic course Applying and Reflecting on Methods of Digital Humanities. The course aims to teach participants the workflow of already recorded data from preparation (normalization and structuring) to modeling to storage and/or visualization in a relational database, theoretically but also practically.

Target group

Open to Bachelor's and Master's students of all faculties. Knowledge of the basic course Applying and Reflecting on Methods of Digital Humanities, the course Studium Digitale or comparable previous knowledge is required.

Course dates

Hybrid course (presence and online). The theory block is provided online and is independent of time, the practical block on site will take place on

  • Monday, 11.04.2022, 09.00 - 17.00

Assessment / ECTS Credits

Passing the theory block online, as well as the development of a project assignment within the framework of the practical block. 1 ECTS credit.