Tag archive: research (5)


since 2016

Nationale Infrastruktur für Editionen - Infrastructure nationale pour les éditions

Swissuniversities' program "Scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding" is funding a project submitted by the FEE Forum für Edition und Erschliessung for the creation of a "National Infrastructure for Editions" (NIE - INE). 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.

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. The central 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.



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.

Archives on the move


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.


Digital Materiality


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).

Knora / SALSAH 2


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