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mainzed - Mainz Centre for Digitality in the Humanities and Cultural Studies

The Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) is a founding member of the new “Mainz Centre for Digitality in the Humanities and Cultural Studies”, or “mainzed”. mainzed is a joint initiative by six academic institutions for the promotion of digital methods in the humanities and cultural studies in Mainz with the aim of developing the profile of Mainz in this regard. In addition to the IEG, the partners include the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (ADW), the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Institut für Geschichtliche Landeskunde at the Johannes Gutenberg University (IGL) and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM).

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The IEG supports innovative open-access publications, the use of digital capabilities in the disciplines that work historically and the development of digital research infrastructures. Examples of these are EGO | European History Online, IEG-MAPS (digital historical maps in open access), the primary source project “Controversia et Confessio” and the Institute’s participation in the German Education Ministry-funded group project DARIAH-DE.

More recently, the IEG has secured funding for further digital projects (for example the German Research Foundation-funded project “Digital Edition of Early Modern Religious Peace Treaties” and the Senate Committee Competition-funded project “Dass Gerechtigkeit und Friede sich küssen – Repräsentationen des Friedens im vormodernen Europa”),  has established new collaborations, and has developed its own Digital Humanities profile with specific focuses in the area of controlled vocabularies and semantic web technologies in the disciplines that work historically.

In the area of Digital Humanities, the IEG is already collaborating closely with the Digitale Akademie, and the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology, i3mainz. The coming together of the various institutes in mainzed is therefore the next logical step, to combine our strengths, to create synergies and to drive forward the development of the Digital Humanities in Mainz.

mainzed stands for the central bundling of digital capabilities in Mainz, for digitality in the sense of a discourse on engagement with the digital sphere and for an internal disposition, an active attitude towards the digital world – a mindset. In mainzed, archaeologists and historians, IT specialists, academics from music studies and book studies and many other disciplines will in future work together across disciplinary boundaries to develop digital research and teaching in Mainz. In this regard, mainzed views itself as a contact partner for all questions relating to digitality in research and teaching. Building on the capabilities of the partner institutes, mainzed will consult and advise on the identification and implementation of digital components of research in Mainz. mainzed thus works locally while thinking globally – the connection with international developments in the research community occurs directly through the concrete research projects and collaborative regional projects. mainzed is committed to a transparent and sustainable approach to research data and software developments (OpenAccess, OpenSource, OpenScience).