Digital Transformation and Digital Humanities Group

The Research Group "Digital Transformation and Digital Humanities" works on different research areas of the  Digital Transformation (DT)starting from the digitization process ("real digital information"), through digitalization processes (in industries and organizations using mapping functionalities between different resources, providing interfaces, user interfaces, tools, repositories and infrastructures) , designing digital transformation processes, which leads to innovative interactive digital infrastructures and tools. Therefore, different research methods taken from the Digital Humanities, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Usability are used to develop and evaluate digital environments with a focus on text on the user-centered experience.


Digital transformation  (DT) refers to a process of change that is based on digital technologies. The digital transformation is based on a digital infrastructure and digital technologies which are developed in an ever faster sequence and thus pave the way for new digital technologies. The key drivers of digital transformation include digital technologies - traditionally referred to as information technology - including digital infrastructures (eg computer networks, hardware) and applications (eg apps on smartphones, web applications), as well as exploitation potentials based on digital technologies, eg possible digital business models and digital value creation networks.


In the  Digital Humanities  (DH), the investigation of research questions is supported by a method of automatic image and text analysis, linguistic text annotation, or data visualization. Digital tools and services combined with digital libraries (such as the German Digital Library or Europeana) and international research infrastructures (such as CLARIN or DARIAH) have the potential to provide substantial digital support for text analysis. The research group concentrates is working on the development and evaluation of digital infrastructures for digital humanities, with a special focus in the field of international textbook research, which can be applied to other research areas.


In a close cooperation with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), the research group plans the establishment of a  mobile usability-lab (mUL) , which aims to analyze various information services and infrastructures and drive the digital transformation of research processes different user and target groups, achieving a personalized user experience adapting the tools through system or user-oriented usability test.


Digital humanities, usability and user modeling, recommender systems, linguistic and statistical analysis of texts, visualization.

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