News

Innovation: Wenn Archäologie auf Hightech trifft

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Auszug aus den Uni News:
Die ursprüngliche Abteilung für Fotografie, eingebettet in das damalige Institut für Physikalische Chemie, ist heute das Digital Humanities Lab, das der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät angegliedert ist. Spannend war für Fornaro zu sehen, wie sich die Zusammenarbeit von zwei sich bislang eher fremden Gebieten – Geschichtswissenschaft und Hightech – entwickelte. Eine Annäherung fand von beiden Seiten statt. «Es war damals vielleicht im ersten Moment ein Kulturschock, aber es stellte sich als fruchtbare Grundlage für die innovative Zusammenarbeit heraus.»
Mehr dazu: https://youtu.be/dDoWcwFHuh4, https://www.truvis.ch, https://www.broncolor.swiss/broncolor/...

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Metaphor

8 / 9 November 2018 at the University of Basel

Finding Metaphor in Discourse. An Intensive Training for Manual and Algorithmic Approaches to Metaphor

The intensive training introduces the empirically valid annotation of metaphorical language use across different genres of discourse.
Day 1 introduces the manual annotation procedure Metaphor Identification Procedure VU Amsterdam (MIPVU), supplanted by a hands-on report on a vector-based detection method. Day 2 introduces a collaborative annotation environment for qualitative and quantitative text analysis, CATMA 5.0.
Two key note panels feature experts from Metaphor Research, Digital Humanities, and Cognitive Science.

Are you an MA or PhD student interested in metaphor? Is your work text-based – from linguistics or literary studies, communication and media studies, history, religious studies, law, political science, sociology – or from medicine, psychology, cognitive science, or digital humanities? Are you a metaphor-novice – or looking for new methodologies?
Apply for the intensive training with a short letter of motivation by 10 October (berenike.herrmann@unibas.ch).

Participants will receive feedback on their research topics in an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework. Depending on availability, the training is also open to postdocs. Main language is English.

Venue Kollegienhaus (Main Building, Petersplatz 1) and Deutsches Seminar (German Department, Nadelberg 4), University of Basel.

The workshop is free of charge. Main meals, accommodation, or travel expenses are not included.

Organized by J. Berenike Herrmann, Digital Humanities Lab, University of Basel.

Featuring experts from Metaphor Studies, Digital Humanities, and Cognitive Science
A.G. (Lettie) Dorst (Leiden)
Jan-Christoph Meister (Hamburg)
Nils Reiter (Stuttgart)
Lars Konieczny (Freiburg im Breisgau)


Thursday 8 November 2018

9.00 – 12.00 | Metaphor Tutorial (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Valid Manual Metaphor Identification with MIPVU»
J. Berenike Herrmann, Basel & A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden

12.00 – 13.00 | Lunch

13.00 – 15.00 | Metaphor Tutorial (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Valid Manual Metaphor Identification with MIPVU»
J. Berenike Herrmann, Basel & A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden

15.30 – 17.00 | Hands-On Report (→ Kollegienhaus Room 103)
«Exploring Vector-Space for Automatic Metaphors Detection»
Elena Rogleva, Vanessa Schach, Amelie Wührl & Nils Reiter, Stuttgart

18.00 | Evening Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«How hard can it be? A Closer Look at How Human Translators and Machine Translation Software Handle Metaphor in Translation»
A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden | Chair: Nils Reiter, Stuttgart


Friday 9 November 2018

9.00– 12.00 | Tutorial (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«Computer Assisted Text Markup and Analysis (CATMA 5.0) in Practice»
Jan Christoph Meister, Marco Petris & Jan Horstmann, Hamburg

12.30 – 13.30 | Lunch Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«Empiricising Hermeneutics: The Methodological Scope of Digital Text Annotation»
Jan Christoph Meister, Hamburg | Chair: Lars Konieczny, Freiburg i. Br.

13.30 – 14.00 | Closing and Farewell


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DH Lab News

Upcoming Event: 8 / 9 November 2018
Ankündigung Vortragsreihe

Das Digital Humanities Lab der Universität Basel freut sich, am 8. und 9. November 2018 zu zwei öffentlichen Vorträgen zum Thema Metaphern und Empirische Annotation in den DH einzuladen. Die Vorträge sind offen zugänglich. Aus organisatorischen Gründen bitten wir Sie, sich bei Interesse per Email (berenike.herrmann@unibas.ch) anzumelden.

  1. November: 18.00 | Evening Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Raum 3)
    «How hard can it be? A Closer Look at How Human Translators and Machine Translation Software Handle Metaphor in Translation»
    A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden | Chair: Nils Reiter, Stuttgart

  2. November: 12.30 – 13.30 | Lunch Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Raum 3)
    «Empiricising Hermeneutics: The Methodological Scope of Digital Text Annotation»
    Jan Christoph Meister, Hamburg | Chair: Lars Konieczny, Freiburg i. Br.

Die Veranstaltung wird von der ADHO-SIG “Digital Literary Stylistics” sowie der International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor unterstützt und in Kooperation mit Kollegen der Universitäten Stuttgart und Hamburg durchgeführt.

Die Vorträge sind koordiniert mit dem ersten Basler Workshop zur Identifikation metaphorischer Sprache. Dessen Zielgruppe sind v.a. Masterstudierende und Doktorierende solcher Fächer, die mit Text und Sprache arbeiten. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt. (Abhängig von der Anmeldungszahl können auch Postdocs und andere Wissenschaftler teilnehmen).
Möchten Sie am Workshop teilnehmen? Bitte bewerben Sie sich mit einem kurzen Motivationsschreiben bis zum 10. Oktober. Sprache des Workshops ist vornehmlich Englisch.
(berenike.herrmann@unibas.ch)


4 September 2018
The DHLab and its SNSF "Digital Lives Projects" Starting this Year!
By: Grants Office News September 2018
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Upcoming Event: 28 August 2018
Invited by the Graduate Campus University of Zurich for Expertise and Coaching - Design your Data Managmente Plan for the SNSF.


16 July 2018
Datepicking Beyond the Gregorian Calendar - Angular Blog in medium.com, #BernoulliEulerOnline "...not only solve the problem for ourselves, but for others as well" (T. Schweizer).

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12 July 2018
Forschungsunterstützung des DH Labs fürs "Editionsprojekt (SNF-Projekt): Von frühen Christen, wilhelminischen Gelehrten und Nanotechnologen – Neue Herangehensweisen an Basler Zeugnisse aus der ägyptischen Wüste" Prof. Dr. Huebner. Vollständiger Artikel.


5 June 2018
Fotografie für Reliefs in horizonte, das Wissenschaftsmagazin, 5. Juni 2018. Screenshot-2018-07-10-17.27.59


26 June 2018
Lob der digitalen Philologie, FAZ Artikel von Gerhard Lauer.
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DH 2018 | Mexico City
BEOL @ Digital Humanities Conference 2018 Mexico City Sepideh Alassi about "A Digital Edition of Leonhard Euler’s
Correspondence with Christian Goldbach".
Presenting BEOL for the Theme of the DH2018 "Bridges/Puentes", 26-29 June 2018. https://dh2018.adho.org/.
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22 Mai 2018
Antrittsvorlesung Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer Über den Wert der exakten und der unexakten Wissenschaften. 22. Mai 2018, 18:15 Uhr, Aula des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel, Augustinergasse 2, Basel. Screenshot-2018-05-31-13.55.34 Video


Archiving 2018 | Washington DC
AIC, New York: Archiving 2018-Conference "Digitization Preservation, and Access", Program Chair: Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler.

André Kilchenmann and Lukas Rosenthaler about "Bring All Together – An Approach of a Multimedia Keep-Alive Archive"
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5 - 7 April 2018
Tagung: Embedded Digitalities 5.-7. April 2018 Tobias Schweizer about BEOL. Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie der Universität Basel, Rheinsprung 9, CH-4051 Basel.
Forschende in allen gegenwärtig relevanten kulturwissenschaftlich/-anthropologischen Forschungsfeldern sind mit digitalen Phänomenen, Prozessen oder Infrastrukturen konfrontiert. Mit dem zentralen Fokus auf das Thema „Einbettungen“ macht die Tagung dies explizit zum Thema. Das Digitale wird dabei als eine relationale Konstruktion in den Blick genommen und es soll gezielt nach den verschiedenen Weisen gefragt werden, in denen digitale Medien, Technologien, Ideologien, Infrastrukturen etc. eingebunden sind.
Weitere Informationen zum Programm


27 March 2018
Gemeinsam Wissen schaffen Gelebte Interdisziplinarität! Wie sich Museen und Archive durch Forschung und Digitalisierung mit der Universität und dem Digital Humanities Lab/DaSCH verbinden. Link zum Artikel
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20 March 2018
Antrittsvorlesung Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler Forschungsinfrastrukturen für die Geisteswissenschaften? Die Folgen des "digital turns" in der geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung. 20. März 2018, 18:15 Uhr, Aula des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel, Augustinergasse 2, Basel. Screenshot-2018-05-31-13.58.15 Video


DHd 2018 | Köln
Voller Vorfreude auf die DHd Konferenz 2018 in Köln, Kritik der Digitalen Vernunft vom 26. Februar bis 2. März. Spannende Beiträge von Gerhard Lauer und Berenike Hermann: „Kulturelle Evolution. Zur Kritik der literaturhistorischen Methode“ von Gerhard Lauer. “The Tiroler Soldaten- Zeitung and its Authors. A Computer-Aided Search for Robert Musil“ von: Massimo Salgaro, Simone Rebora, Gerhard Lauer, J. Berenike Herrmann.http://dhd2018.uni-koeln.de/programm/


3 January 2018
Grundsatzpapier zur Sicherung der langfristigen Verfügbarkeit von Forschungsdaten. Verband Dhd, Geisteswissenschaftliche Datenzentren im deutschsprachigen Raum (January 3, 2018).
http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1134760


DH 2018 | Mexico City
International Digital Humanities Conference 2018, Mexico City. *Representing DHLab Basel and DaSCH, Sepideh Alassi and Berenike J. Herrmann. *
250-ADHO-2017

Our main project

PhD Digital Humanities

Doktoratsprogramm Digital Humanities: Forschungsbereiche

Im Mittelpunkt stehen die digitalen Aspekte der Doktoratsprojekte. Diese können von der Entwicklung neuer digitaler Werkzeuge und Methoden über den Einsatz bestehender digitaler Anwendungen bis hin zur Bewertung der Implikationen für Forschung und Forschungsergebnisse reichen. Die Einbindung verschiedener Projekte in einen offenen, reflektiven und interdisziplinären Diskurs ist dabei zentral. Unterstützung bieten wir insbesondere bei:

  • Infrastrukturen für digitale Editionen
  • Computergestützten Analyse von Literatur, Kultur und Gesellschaft
  • Theorie, Methodolige und Reflexion der Digitalisierung
  • Digital Imaging, Computional Photography
  • Bildverarbeitung und -restaurierung
  • Digitalen Infrastrukturen
  • Langzeitarchivierung digitalen Wissens

Ins "Digital Humanities" Programm...

...können Doktoranden der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät aufgenommen werden, die zum Doktoratsstudium an der Universität Basel zugelassen sind. Voraussetzung für die Zulassung ist ein qualifiziertes Dissertationsprojekt, das von einer Erst- oder Zweitbetreuungsperon des Digital Humanities Labs begleitet wird.

Auch Doktoranden anderer Fachrichtungen und mit anderen Betreuungspersonen können auf Antrag aufgenommen werden.

Begleitend zum Dissertationsprojekt erbringen die Mitglieder des Promotionsprogramms "Digital Humanities" im Laufe ihres Doktorats curriculare Leistungen im Umfang von 18 KP. Diese setzen sich folgendermassen zusammen:

  • Präsentation der Forschung in (mindestens) drei Forschungskolloquien der Digital Humanities (3 x 2 KP)
  • Weitere Leistungen (9 KP):
    a) Teilnahme an Tagungen, Workshops, Kolloquien, etc. mit eigenem Beitrag
    b) Organisation von Tagungen, Workshops, etc.
    c) Teilnahme an Transferable Skill Kursen
    d) Forschungsnahes Berufspraktika
    e) Besuch von fürs Doktorat Digital Humanities empfohlenen Veranstaltungen

Allgemeine Informationen zum Promotionsstudium finden Sie auf den Seiten der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät sowie des Graduate Center (GRACE) der Universität Basel.


Aktuelle Lehre / Veranstaltungen

Dokumente
Wegleitung zum Doktorat
Doktratsvereinbarung
Promotionsordnung und weitere Merkblätter


Kontakt: Vera Chiquet

DaSCH

since 2017

Data and Service Center for the Humanities DaSCH

Research data in the humanities needs to be sustainable, and access to digital resources must be possible over a long period. Only if these prerequisites are fulfilled can research data be used as a source for new projects. Reliability is another fundamental requirement so that digital sources can be cited, reused, and quoted. The Data and Service Center for the Humanities, located in Switzerland, aims to help solve this problem. It offers a centralized infrastructure based on flexible and extensible software, modern technologies, and open standards. This makes it straightforward to migrate existing humanities research project databases with limited life spans to a standards-based form for long-term preservation and reuse. We will demonstrate the basic concepts behind this proposed solution and our initial results.

Pilot project (2013-2015): Final Report

Current research projects

Farbenlehre

2018-2021

The reception history of Goethe's "Zur Farbenlehre" in Berlin 1810–1832

The main of the project is to analyse the reception of Goethe’s 1810th work „Zur Farbenlehre“ (About the Theory of Colours) in Berlin in the first decades of the 19th century. Goethe claimed, his work has elicit mostly hostile reactions and got only seldom support. The work vanished soon after his publication, Goethe suggested. Reviews and critical remarks in the scholarly literature support this view.

In contrast, there are cues about the strong influence of Goethe’s work in Berlin over more than two decades. Scholars and scientists admitted in public to his „Farbenlehre“. Institutes were founded to support Goethe’s theory. Lectures were given on Goethe’s theory by L. von Hennings et al. And the painter Raabe travelled to Italy, to popularise Goethe’s „Farbenlehre“. In these processes Goethe was more than a passive spectator. He was actively involved in planning and evaluation of Raabe’s travel or Hennings’s lecture series, a ‚success story‘ of Goethe’s theory.

The project analysis for the first time this history of reception in his contexts. It take aim to unlock and to comment the historical sources and to evaluate systematically the detail of this outstanding historical processes. The results will be published as a monography in print and digital, linked with the sources and background information. The whole of the historical material (documents, transcriptions, comments) will be available online for further research. By doing so, the project will make an important contribution to the research on Goethe, to the history of sciences, the history of the Prussian cultural politics and on the bourgeois society in the first half of 19th century.


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Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832) hat der Nachwelt den Eindruck überliefert, sein 1810 erschienenes Werk „Zur Farbenlehre“ sei vor allem angefeindet worden und bald aus der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung verschwunden. Das bisherige, auf der Auswertung von Rezensionen und von kritischen Erwähnungen in Monographien und in Lexika basierte historische Bild hat diese Auffassung gestützt. In direktem Gegensatz dazu steht die tatsächliche Erfolgsgeschichte seiner „Farbenlehre“ in Berlin, wo das Werk über mehrere Jahrzehnte einen weitreichenden Einfluss auf Wissenschaft, Kunst und Gesellschaft ausgeübt hat.

Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts wird der umfangreiche Quellenbestand zur Rezeption von Goethes Farbenlehre – Briefe, Tagebücher und Vorlesungsmanuskripte, aber auch zeitgenössischen Buch- und Zeitschriftenpublikationen – gesammelt, editorisch bearbeitet und ausgewertet. So entsteht ein Überblick über die komplexen Zusammenhänge, die beteiligten Personen und über die Wirksamkeit außerhalb von Berlin, unter Berücksichtigung der Resonanz, die eine solche Förderung seines Werks „Zur Farbenlehre“ bei Goethe und in seinem Kreis hervorrief.

Die in dem Projekt zusammengeführten amtlichen und privaten Quellen werden nicht nur erstmals einen geschlossenen Eindruck des vielgestaltigen Einflusses von Goethes „Farbenlehre“ auf Naturwissenschaften, Philosophie und bildende Kunst vermitteln, sondern ihre Auswertung wird auch ein neues Licht auf die Bedeutung Goethes für die preußische Kulturpolitik im ersten Drittel des 19. Jahrhunderts und auf das gesellschaftliche Leben in Preußens Hauptstadt Berlin werfen. Außerdem leistet das Projekt einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Goethe-Forschung.

Die Ergebnisse des Projekts werden in einer Monographie zusammengefasst, die sowohl gedruckt als auch in elektronischer Form veröffentlicht werden wird. Das gesamte Quellenmaterial – digitalisierte Dokumente, Transkriptionen und Kommentare – wird zudem in einem Online-Rechercheportal zugänglich gemacht und kann so für weitere Forschungsfragen nachgenutzt werden.

Das Projekt ist ein Kooperationsvorhaben des Digital Humanities Labs der Universität Basel, des Instituts für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte der Technischen Universität Berlin und der Niedersächsischen Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen. Es wird vom Schweizerischen Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung und von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft gefördert.

Von der Basler Arbeitsstelle werden die Quellen gesammelt. Ihre Erschließung, Edition und wissenschaftshistorische Auswertung erfolgt in enger Zusammenarbeit durch die Arbeitsstellen in Berlin und Basel. Darüber hinaus konzentriert sich den Kompetenzen entsprechend die Berliner Arbeitsstelle auf die philosophischen und die Basler auf die kunsthistorischen Aspekte des Projekts. Die Göttinger Arbeitsstelle erstellt für das Projekt eine digitale Umgebung für das kollaborative Edieren der Dokumente. Darüber hinaus wird in Göttingen eine Präsentationsumgebung entwickelt, in der die Texte mit den digitalisierten Dokumenten vorgehalten und später online und frei zugänglich recherchierbar sein werden.

NIE — INE

since 2016

Nationale Infrastruktur für Editionen - Infrastructure nationale pour les éditions

The "National Infrastructure for Editions – Infrastructure Nationale pour les Éditions" (NIE - INE) is a project funded by the Swissuniversities' program "Scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding" that has been submitted by the FEE Forum für Edition und Erschliessung. The University of Basel and its partners in Berne, Geneva and Zurich, together with the University Library of Basel and the Central Library of Zurich, receive 2.36 million Swiss francs of more than 5.26 million Swiss francs of total budget.

Within the scope of the proposed project, a national infrastructure (work and publication platform) is to be created for editions (NIE - INE), which is open to all scientific edition projects in Switzerland. The platform is designed to meet the specific needs of large and complex edition projects and, in particular, to ensure the electronic publication and long-term availability of research data and results in a central area of ​​national humanities research. The NIE - INE will fill the existing gap between the research and the existing and planned offers of the memory institutions. The basis for the new development are recognized and tested instruments of the Digital Humanities.

The development of the NIE - INE is shared by key stakeholders in all affected areas. The overall project is coordinated by the Forum for Edition and Development (FEE) of the University of Basel, which bundles the scientific disciplines and competencies of the entire disciplines and guarantees the overall management. An important partner is the Data- and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH). This SAGW company, which is currently operating in pilot operation, will start regular operations in 2017 and will keep the edition platform created in the NIE-INE available in the long term. As a technology provider, the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) of the University of Basel ensures the coordination of the technical issues and coordinates the development of NIE - INE with the development of the basic technology used.

BEOL

2016-2019

Bernoulli-Euler Online

The project Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL) integrates the two edition projects Basler Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB) and Leonhardi Euleri Opera Omnia (LEOO) into one digital platform available on the web. In addition, Jacob Bernoulli's scientific notebook Meditationes — a document of outstanding significance for the history of mathematics at its turning point around 1700 — will be published, offering a multilayer access to the user (facsimile, transcription, critical text, translations, indices, and commentaries). BEOL is implemented within Knora/SALSAH, a generic virtual research environment (VRE) for the humanities. Besides being an edition, BEOL will be a research platform for the study of early modern mathematics and science. It will also be interoperable with other digital platforms, which can interact with it via Knora's RDF-based data model and RESTful API. The goal of BEOL is thus twofold: It focuses on the mathematics influenced by the Bernoulli dynasty and Leonhard Euler and undertakes a methodological effort to present these materials to the public and researchers in a highly functional way.

The Beta release of the platform is now Online: beol.dasch.swiss.

Archives on the move

2015-2018

Archives on the move

The project Archives on the move aims at developing an attractive environment to use and explore the digitized photo archives of Kunsthalle Basel. In cooperation, an expandable online platform is being realized. Visual-based search options and content-related modules curated around selected topics make the content in the database available in a sophisticated way. It provides useful information on art historical contexts for scientists and the general public. The project demonstrates new front end presentations for image collections enriched with cultural contents. Its technological implementation counts on the advantages of the virtual research environment SALSAH/KNORA.

ArchivesOnTheMove.org

Knora / SALSAH 2

2012-2016

Knowledge Organization, Representation, and Annotation

Knora is an open, modular, extensible and extensible platform based on industry standards (RDF as data representation, SPARQL 1.1 and a RESTful web service API for access). SALSAH is now a generic user interface for Knora, but Knora's server components make it straightforward to create project-specific user interfaces with and application logic.

Main website for the Knora project KNORA.org

Digitizing

Capture and digitze

We are experienced in creating digital sources.

References

Concept
Archäologische Bodenforschung, Basel

Consulting, Scanning
Basler Afrika Bibliographien: Namibia Resource Centre & Southern Africa Library, Basel

Scanning of assets
Bibliothéque cantonale et universitaire, Fribourg

Consulting
Bundesamt für Zivilschutz, Sektion Kulturgüterschutz, Bern

Scanning of assets
Dokumentationsbibliothek, St. Moritz

Scanning of assets
Eid. Archiv für Denkmalpflege, St. Moritz

Consulting, Scanning of assets
Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg, Brienz

Digitizing of assets
Gemeindearchiv, Riehen

Scanning of assets
Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung, Grafische Sammlung, Zürich

Color Reconstruction
Indiana University, Digital Library, Bloomington

Consulting
Kanton Appenzell A. Rh., Herisau

Color Reconstruction
Kantonsmuseum Baselland, Liestal

Consulting Radiology
Kantonsspital Basel, Basel

Scanning
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

Consulting
Kunsthistorisches Institut, Max-Planck-Institut, Florenz

Consulting
Kunstmuseum, Basel

Scanning of assets
Museum der Kulturen, Basel

Scanning of assets
Museum für Glasmalerei, Romont

Scanning, Imaging
Museum für Kommunikation, Bern

Scanning of assets
Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel

Scanning of assets
Pestalozzi-Gesellschaft Oberwi, Oberwil

Scanning of assets, migration
Rechtshistorische Bildstelle Uni ZH, Zürich

Concept
Römerstadt Augusta Raurica, Augst

Scanning of assets
Museum der Kulturen, Basel

Scanning of assets
Schweizer Radio DRS, Basel

Scanning of assets
Schweizerische Landesbibliothek, Bern

Consulting, Training, Scanning Glasnegative
Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, Bern

Scanning
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, Basel

Consulting, Scanning of assets
Schweizerisches Landesmuseum und Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, Zürich

Klosterplan
Stiftsbibliothek, St. Gallen

Scanning of assets
Stiftung Luftbild Schweiz, Regensdorf

Color Reconstruction, Consulting
Tate Gallery, London

Imaging, Flora Helvetica
Verlag Paul Haupt, Bern

Color Reconstruction
Yale University Press, London

Scanning
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Lectures

Lectures

Fall Semester 2018 #PhD Program

Peter Fornaro, Gerhard Lauer, Lukas Rosenthaler, Vera Chiquet
Colloquium: Digital Humanities - Präsentationen aktueller Forschung
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Gerhard Lauer, Martin Lengwiler, Roberto Sala
Research Seminar: Text Mining und kliometrische Zugänge in der historischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung

Peter Fornaro, Lukas Rosenthaler
Colloquium: Langzeitarchivierung digitalen Wissens
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Gerhard Lauer, Moniek Kuijpers
Research Seminar: Empirische Ästhetik. Eine Einführung

Lukas Rosenthaler, Vera Chiquet host: Lionel Perini (SNSF), Silke Bellanger (UNIBAS Library), Brian Kleiner & Alexandra Stam (FORS) for the Workshop (September 11, 2018): From DMP to Data-Sharing for Humanities and Social Sciences

Fall Semester 2018

Peter Fornaro, Gabriel Hillenbrand
Course: Digitale Fotografie

Peter Fornaro
Lecture: Fotografie

Gerhard Lauer, Berenike Herrmann
Research seminar: Trends in den computergestützten und experimentellen Geisteswissenschaften

Gerhard Lauer
Seminar: Es war einmal. Zur formalen Analyse von Märchen und ihren Motiven

Lukas Rosenthaler
Lecture: Internettechnologien I: Grundlagen des Internet

Lukas Rosenthaler
Seminar: Internettechnologien II: HTML5 & JavaScript

Spring Semester 2018

Gerhard Lauer, Lukas Rosenthaler, Peter Fornaro
Colloquium: Digital Humanities: Daten Management in den Geisteswissenschaften
Program

Gerhard Lauer
Seminar: Einführung in die experimentelle Methodik der Geisteswissenschaften

Gerhard Lauer, Berenike Herrmann
Research seminar: Trends in den computergestützten und experimentellen Geisteswissenschaften

Gerhard Lauer, Berenike Herrmann
Seminar: Konzeption und Analyse eines Korpus zur Klassischen Moderne. Eine Einführung

Gerhard Lauer, Heike Behrens
Research seminar: Entwicklung der Textkompetenz im digitalen Zeitalter

Lukas Rosenthaler
Proseminar: Internettechnologien IV: Datenrepräsentation, "access" und "linked open data" (LOD)

Lukas Rosenthaler
Seminar: Internettechnologien II: HTML5 & JavaScript

Peter Fornaro
Lecture: Wahrnehmung, Licht, Farbe und digitale Bilder

Peter Fornaro
Course: Arbeit in der Dunkelkammer: Vom Motiv zum Papierabzug

Stefan Münnich
Course: Willkommen in der Matrix: Digitale Anwendungen für die Musikanalyse in Theorie und Praxis

Fall Semester 2017

Gerhard Lauer
Lecture: Einführung in die Digital Humanities

Gerhard Lauer
Seminar: Kafkas Erzählungen. Erzählanalytische und computergestützte Zugänge

Gerhard Lauer, Berenike Herrmann
Seminar: Textanalyse mit R

Lukas Rosenthaler
Seminar: Computergrafik und Visualisierung

Lukas Rosenthaler
Lecture: Internettechnologien I: Grundlagen des Internet

Peter Fornaro
Course: Arbeit in der Dunkelkammer: Vom Motiv zum Papierabzug

Peter Fornaro
Lecture: Fotografie

Spring Semester 2017

Lukas Rosenthaler
Proseminar: Internettechnologien II: HTML5 & JavaScript

Peter Fornaro
Course: Arbeit in der Dunkelkammer: Vom Motiv zum Papierabzug

Peter Fornaro
Lecture: Wahrnehmung, Licht, Farbe und digitale Bilder

Ivan Subotic
Seminar: Einführung in Machine Learning für Geisteswissenschaftler

Previous Projects

Digital Materiality

2014-2017

Digital Materiality

The project 'Digital Materiality' examines new methods for describing the reflection of light on surfaces. For this purpose, we improve advanced imaging techniques like PTM (Polynomial Texture Mapping) and RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging). These methods are adapted to works of art and their complex materiality in order to develop innovative approaches in art history research. Within the project we focus on early prints and mediaeval mosaics that are documented with RTI. The resulting digital models enable us to examine new ways of analyzing these objects in a virtual research environment (VRE).

The project resulted in a spin-off called Truvis.

CAPcam

2013-2014

CAPcam

CAPcam is an automatic view camera for interactive image composition. The camera makes possible the computerized adjustment of the lens- and film plane. This relative movement of the optics for photographic effects like shifting and tilting is based on an arbitrary set of focus points. It also enables the precise automatic adjustment of stereo recordings or tiled images that exploit the large image circle of the lenses. In this project, these opportunities are to be exploited and controlled by an intuitive user interface with direct influence in 3D space.
CAPcam.org

SALSAH

2010-2013

System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and History

SALSAH is a web-based virtual research environment that helps researchers in the humanities deal with digital sources and linkage. It allows the annotation and linkage of arbitrary digital sources such as digital texts, still and moving images, and sound. The implementation is based on an RDF data model designed to meet the needs of humanities research. SALSAH is intended to facilitate and encourage collaborative working processes.

First version of SALSAH

Dust BW

A solution for the elimination of dust and scratches on transparent photographic material is investigated. We are designing a scanning system that will detect defects, taking advantage of depolarization of light scattered by irregularities in the film surface. This phenomenon is studied analytically to define the optimal optical setup.

Dolce

Lenticular colour film is an early colour motion picture technology based on coding colour information as spatial intensity patterns and recording these in a panchromatic emulsion. Conventional restoration of such film relies on playback requiring special optical equipment, in particular a colour filter identical to the one used for recording. We have developed a digital colour reconstruction procedure employing a modern high-resolution film scanner and image-processing software. This approach is very flexible, with respect to both the particular type of lenticular colour film and the degree of restoration.

Monolith™

The Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel has developed a workflow called ‘Monolith’ for migrationless preservation of digital data on optical media. It combines the advantages of photographic material and standard digital imaging technology to create a long-term, migrationless archiving system. This is achieved by the hybrid characteristics of the optical carrier. Any arbitrary binary bit stream is stored along with human-readable technical, structural, and contextual metadata. Original files of any appropriate format are stored on film as visual 2D barcodes. This process can be regarded as a materialization of binary data, which becomes visual and physical. Monolith has no limitation regarding the format of the file to be archived, and it requires no migration and no energy to transport information into the future.

Peviar

Even decades after the advent of computer technology, preserving information in digital archives remains a challenging task. Technological progress on all levels calls for migration as an essential component of any digital archive. Migration, however, is not only expensive, but also makes it difficult to ensure the authenticity of digital documents. The University of Basel’s Imaging and Media Lab has developed PEVIAR (Permanent Visual Archive), an archiving solution addressing one of the fundamental challenges of digital archiving, migration, and introducing the notion of digital originals. Essentially, digital documents are inseparably bound to a migration-free medium, thereby overcoming the transient nature of today’s state-of-the-art storage systems.
This project was supported by the Commission for Technology and Innovation of the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology and by industrial partners.

Afresa

To display the contents of a motion picture archive in the future, it will be necessary to scan the films in equivalent digital quality, following the standards of preservation recommendations. Conversion to digital formats is inevitable because of advantages like the accessibility, ease of distribution, and ease of reproduction of digital objects. Digitization is now limited by economic constraints rather than by technical possibilities.
AFRESA is an integrated system consisting of a high quality scanner and cascaded software tools for automatic image acquisition, reconstruction, export and structured storage. The reconstruction includes procedures such as dust and scratch removal, model-based color correction, image stabilization, and the recognition and extraction of text (OCR), i.e. title, subtitle and end titles for the retrieval of metadata, which is stored in an integrated database. Finally, a sophisticated method for reconstructing optical sound is included. An integrated viewing tool makes it easy to classify digital assets. The system is designed as a mobile rental system to be used within archives. By integrating all necessary process components, costs can be kept down, making possible the efficient digitization and processing of a large amount of archived film, even for archives with small budgets.
This project was supported by the Commission for Technology and Innovation of the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology and by industrial partners.

Distarnet

Distarnet was an SNF-funded research project, aimed at developing a system for the long-term preservation of digital data in a distributed network, with high redundancy and automatic migration.
The rapidly growing production of digital data, together with their increasing importance and demands for their longevity, urgently require systems that provide reliable long-term preservation of digital objects. These systems have to ensure availability, integrity, authenticity, and interpretability over the course of the preservation period, which may last for several years, e.g. in business or scientific applications, the lifetime of a human in medical applications, or for potentially unlimited time spans in cultural heritage digital libraries. This means that all kinds of technical problems (network, software, or hardware failures) need to be reliably handled, and that the evolution of data formats is supported.
At the same time, systems need to scale with the volume of data to be archived. Thus, long-term digital preservation systems have to be inherently distributed to allow content to be replicated. Institutions with long-term archiving needs for the preservation of digital data have to collaborate in order to build a highly reliable and available, geographically distributed, Internet-based digital archiving system. By employing distributed systems technologies, whether for the creation of a small cooperating network of few institutions with limited resources or a large network with many nodes, together providing potentially vast amounts of globally distributed resources, the challenges lie in the autonomic, efficient, and fault-tolerant use of these resources without a centralized global coordinator.
We developed novel concepts for a distributed long-term preservation system for digital data, with a focus on long-term preservation as required by archives, museums, research communities, or the corporate sector. These concepts are the result of combining distributed, autonomic, and process-oriented computing, with requirements from the digital preservation community regarding special system, user, and metadata functionality. Originating from this fusion, our novel concepts are the main ingredients of the described system model, consisting of a data model, and different processes. At the data level, support is provided for complex data objects, management of collections, annotations, and arbitrary links between digital objects. At process level, our proposed archiving system model supports automated processes that provide dynamic replication, consistency checks, and automated recovery of the archived digital objects, using autonomic behavior governed by preservation policies without any centralized coordinator, in a fully distributed network. This allows for an efficient and fault-tolerant use of the resources provided in the network.
The prototype implementation of the DISTARNET (DISTributed ARchival NETwork) System, a distributed long-term digital preservation solution, implements the described novel concepts.

Sinar

Color management: SINAR

Digital imaging devices have become standard for professional and amateur photographic applications. However, the spectral behaviour of state-of-the-art sensors still does not match that of the human visual system, resulting in metamerism. As long as colourimetric sensors are not available, the imaging industry has to rely on sophisticated colour management software. For colourimetric reproductions of artwork, various methods involving multi-spectral captures have been investigated. Even though they can substantially improve colour fidelity, they are not suited for applications such as fashion, landscape photography, or photography of people. In collaboration with Sinar AG, the University of Basel is working on an integrated, automated method to prove the quality of sensors and calculate a colour transform for each digital back. A virtual camera model based on real measurements makes it possible to calibrate the camera system within a manufacturing workflow. The colour transform will further improve the out-of-the-box colour reproduction of real-world photographic applications. The appropriate colour transforms are based on a large set of synthetically generated colours. The resulting colour transform can be found either by numerical optimization or by using a look-up-table (LUT) approach.
This project was supported by the Commission for Technology and Innovation of the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology and by industrial partners.