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Digital Historical Research Unit

The Digital Historical Research Unit combines the development of digital methods and the activities of digitally supported research in a »Digital Humanities Lab« (DH Lab) while acting as a cross-sectional unit in the research areas at the IEG in order to advance and shape the digital transformation of historical research. Cooperative structures, a process-oriented approach and innovative procedures are fundamental for the systematic integration of digital procedures into research. As »Embedded Digital Humanists«, the members of the DH Lab conduct their own research projects within the framework of the IEG research programme, design new research projects in the field of DH and support the transfer of digital methods in the promotion of young researchers.

The Digital Historical Research Unit coordinates the development and expansion of digital research infrastructures operated or used by the IEG and manages the digital research collections and services offered by IEG Digital. By means of digital tools, common corpora of sources and cooperative forms of work, the potential of new questions and interdisciplinary cooperation is tapped. The DH Lab supports the continuous management of digital research data in the ongoing research process and its integration into Open Access publications. Within the framework of the DH Lab, the IEG also actively deals with the concepts of  »Open Science« and »Public Humanities«.

Matching the networked, decentralized and cooperative structures of digital research, the DH Lab maintains a broad network and builds on cooperation with many partners. At the Mainz Centre for Digitality in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences (mainzed), the competences and methods of digital research are bundled and further developed at local level together with the partner institutions. Cooperation with networks and institutions takes place at regional (including CEDIFOR), national (including CLARIAH-DE) and European levels (DARIAH-EU) as well as in institutional (Leibniz Association) or bilateral contexts.

Contact: digital@ieg-mainz.de

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