Digital Humanities

How do protestant ideas emerge in ancient texts? In the past decades several thousands printed books have been scanned. More ancient textual data is available from other sources. Theologians and philologists can use these digitized texts to extract semantic information using computational methods. For example, texts can be analyzed to find instances of non-verbatim text reuse or to automatically examine changes in a word’s or phrase’s meaning.

GeRDI Research Community: Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig - Angel StatueThe emerging field of Digital Humanities enables humanist scholars to combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to their research questions. Recent developments in natural language processing help researchers to wrangle big textual corpora and perform multiple computational analyses on them. By combining classical philology and computer science, researchers at the University of Leipzig produce systematic knowledge about two millenia of human cultural development.

There are well-established standards for textual annotations and a huge number of annotated historical texts is available. However – it is still challenging to to make those corpora easily findable. Standardisation takes place on the level of the data model but not on the level of organisational structure so far.

GeRDI will provide a searchable index of ancient Greek and Latin texts that will make it easy to build workflows using this data. We expect this to evolve into canonical text services and repositories for other researchers in the digital humanities.

Community Fact Sheet

Research Community: Digital Humanities Chair at the University of Leipzig

Research Discipline: Humanities, Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies

Research Field: Image and Text Analysis, Philology

Research Data: Ancient Works in Greek, Latin and Persian

Prof. Dr. Gregory Ralph Crane, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Digital Humanities
Dr. Thomas Koentges, Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities
University of Leipzig