Digital Humanities



The discussions and debates about digital humanities have been running for decades and are as broad as they are varied.

Depending on the academic discipline concerned, the question posed and who is posing it and which digital tools are involved, answers can range from practical and pragmatic solutions to philosophical examinations of how scientific processes and scientific knowledge is being transformed.

At its core, digital humanities is the use of IT-based tools to examine questions of interest in the field of the humanities. The objects of study are made available in digital form and then analysed using a variety of digital tools.

In the ideal case, the research data that this process creates is archived and thus preserved for further future academic analysis.

In view of the complexity of the field, we can only offer a selection of relevant websites and information for researchers who are thinking of undertaking a DH project and who need guidance as well as access to appropriate infrastructure and potential partners.

What are the digital humanities?

A short introduction (in German) by Mareike König

The institutional framework

DH competence centres in Germany (selection)

National and international networks

Research data management – Guidelines and best practice

HU Berlin

The University of Kassel has put together a good compilation of subject-specific guidelines and projects concerned with research data management

Research data repositories

re3data (Registry of Research Data Repositories) is a global directory of repositories for research data from all academic disciplines.<br/> The ‘Data Repositories’ page in the Open Access Directory lists discipline-specific repositories and databases for open data.

Collections of DH tools
Filtering by topic and research phase
DH tools listed by topic