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.
My research is focused on the longevity of audio-visual cultural heritage and its use in the digital age. Key aspects are:
- New tools for the use of digital sources (virtual research environments)
- Digital archiving and archives (digitization, access, long-term archival, and longevity of digital information)
- Restoration/reconstruction of visual media, especially moving images
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:
- DaSCH: Data and Service Center for the Humanities
- Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL)
- Digital Materiality
- KNORA: Knowledge Organization, Representation, and Annotation
- SALSAH: System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and Humanities