Digital HumanitiesForum Digital Humanities

In the humanities access to sophisticated technologies and research tools becomes more important with increased availability of digital data. Qualitative and quantitative methods are combined at the interface with social and computer science. At the University of Heidelberg there have been numerous activities in the field of Digital Humanities (DH) – research projects, workshops, summer schools, or think tanks. In addition, infrastructures have been established for digitisation, the creation of digital editions, data modelling and publication, and the curating and archiving of research data.

Building on these structures, the Research Council of the Field of Focus 3 has established the "Heidelberg Forum Digital Humanities (HFDH)". It serves as an association and representation of interests of the existing institutions and projects. The HFDH consists of a Executive board, various services and a working group, through which new developments in Digital Humanities can be directly integrated into strategy development. Through the working group, University members can become members of the HFDH. Dr. Florian Nieser coordinates the Forum. In addition to those responsible at the University Library, the University Computer Center and the IWR, he is a central contact person for all matters concerning Digital Humanities at the University of Heidelberg.

All applications for funding under the Excellence Strategy for Digital Humanities projects have to be directed to the HFDH. Sustainability in the area of data managment and implementation as an example of best practice for future projects is essential for incoming applications. Funding is provided in particular for topics regarding digital heritage and digital linguistics.

Scientific coordination
Dr. Florian Nieser