Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab)

University of Basel

We are a technology-based lab in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Basel with more than 20 years of practice in interdisciplinary research. Our roots are in photography, starting in the 1920s, leading us in the early 1980s to digital imaging and the long-term preservation of digital data. Knora, our web-based virtual research environment, aims to bridge the gap between the production of digital sources and their preservation, allowing researchers to work collaboratively with different types of primary and secondary source material.

We are a small team of software developers with a background in the humanities (history, art history, media studies, cultural anthropology, philosophy etc.), but also physicists like Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler and Dr. Peter Fornaro.

Lukas Rosenthaler
My research is focused on the longevity of audio-visual cultural heritage and its use in the digital age. Key aspects are:

Peter Fornaro
I studied electrical engineering, physics, photography, and business administration. My research covers modern camera technology, innovative scanning methods like Reflection Transformation Imaging (RTI), colour science, and digital preservation. In my lectures I teach media technology, colour science, and photography. I am also responsible for scanning projects and for financial and business matters.

Our main projects are:

And we're working together with the CRUS P2 projects NIE-INE (Nationale Infrastruktur für Editionen / Infrastructure nationale pour les éditions) and DLCM (data life-cycle management).

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University of Basel
Digital Humanities Lab
Bernoullistrasse 32
4056 Basel
+41 (0) 61-207-38-36

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