DH Projects

Digital Hohensalzburg. Linked historical data on material room furnishings and use of space.

The aim of the project is the digital processing and linking of space and object-based information from historical sources and historical building data of Hohensalzburg. The gathered data will then be included in Time Machine Europe, with which a new way to experience virtual journeys through time and space has been established.

The project will be an interdiscipilinary cooperation of the department of History, the IZMF, the IMAREAL of the University of Salzburg and the fortress Hohensalzburg, the Time Machine organisation and the Insitute for architectur and media of the technical University of Graz.

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Contact: Mag. Dr. Ingrid Matschinegg | Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Christina Antenhofer

The Wenceslas Bible – Digital Edition and Analysis
The Bible of the Bohemian and German King Wenceslas IV/II, produced about 1390–1400, is one of the most precious manuscripts of the Austrian National Library and a cultural heritage object of the greatest importance. Part of the Ambraser Sammlung that was nominated for the National Document Register Memory of Austria within the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in 2018, it conserves the earliest nearly complete German version of the Hebrew Bible, translated from the Latin vulgate version. The text is combined with a systematic programme of illustrations following an elaborate theological concept. In its present form, the manuscript is in six volumes (Cod. 2759–2764) consisting of 1214 parchment folios with 654 main and numerous marginal illustrations. The text is of immense philological interest, the illustrations are of the highest artistic value. Nevertheless, no digital facsimile nor edition of the text has ever been produced, nor is there a combined digital analysis of texts and illustrations. The project will create an interdisciplinary web-based edition consisting of a complete facsimile and transcription, an edition of the main text and all paratexts, a text-related analysis of the illustrations and a synopsis of the Latin version. It will include an editorial commentary, a translation concordance and an iconographic database. The project combines methods of philology, art history and computer science.

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Contact: Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Manfred Kern | Peter Hinkelmanns, MA | Mag. Dr. Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer | Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Andreas Uhl

How the material came into the picture. Interdisciplinary research on cultural innovations using AI.

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) this project aims to study paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries. The focus lies particularly on paintings in which materials and fabrics play a central role. On the basis of primary sources from the picture database REALonline machine recognitional techniques will be used to determine depicted material structures and surface qualities in book art and panel painting. These procedures enable analysis regarding the depicted material. Patterns and tendencies, but also special solutions, can be reognised in Big Data Corpora and their causalities can furthermore be studied using art historical methods.

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Contact: Mag. Dr. Isabella Nicka

The handwritten records of the works of Saint Augustine

The aim of this database is to provide reliable information on the voluminous records both actually handwritten by Augustine and erroneously attributed to him.

Contact: Dr. Clemens Weidmann

Historical recipe database of gastrosophy, Dept. of History (promotion project Ernst)

The Historical Recipe Database serves as a collection of historical cookbooks and cookbook manuscripts (mainly from the Baroque period). More than 9000 recorded recipes from the late 15th to 18th centuries allow cross-source and cross-language analysis. Citizen Science participation will gradually expand the database.

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Contact: Dr. Marlene Ernst

Recipe tradition in the Middle Ages (promotion project Denicolò)

In cooperation with the Graz project Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages (CoReMA), the German recipes written down from the 14th to the 16th century are compared. Using the historical discourse analysis, developments are analyzed based on selected questions of cultural history.

Contact: Mag. Barbara Denicolò

Middle High German Conceptual Database (MHDBDB)

Since the early 1970s, the MHDBDB has explored the middle high and early new high German vocabulary from an onomasiological perspective, i.e. via the meaning of the word. From 2016 to 2020, the database was redesigned and migrated. It now contains about 10.7 million tokens spread over 660 text editions of most diverse text types and genres, with about 6.7 million semantic annotations.
During the relaunch, the text editions of the database were transferred to TEI-XML. To allow any number of annotation levels in the e-texts, such as part-of-speech (POS), phrase and sentence structures, onomastics or semantics, the annotations are related to the text tokens via the Web Annotation Vocabulary in the stand-off method.

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Contact: Dr. Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer

Sustainable creation of digital resources and tools for historical inventories

Project within the framework of CLARIAH-AT from 2020 to 2021 (Austrian Center for Digital Humanities)

Contact: Dr. Ingrid Matschinegg | Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Christina Antenhofer

ONAMA - Ontology of Narratives of the Middle Ages

Since the 1st of March 2019, the project team of ONAMA has been working on the creation of a computer-aided system of relations of medieval narratological entities in texts and images. The project is funded by the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW) until 31.12.2021 as part of the go!digital Next Generation funding program.

In cooperation between the MHDBDB and IMAREAL (REALonline), Peter Hinkelmanns, Miriam Landkammer, Isabella Nicka, Manuel Schwembacher and Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer (coordination) create a connection between the two databases in order to overcome the technical boundaries between pictorial and textual tradition.

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Contact: Dr. Katharina Zeppezauer-Wachauer

REALonline Image Database

The image database REALonline makes the visual cultural heritage from Austria and from regions of Central Europe available via the Internet with all its details. It forms the basis for the study of historical images using digital methods and at the same time makes their complex content accessible to all interested parties.

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Contact: Dr. Ingrid Matschinegg | Mag. Dr. Isabella Nicka

Spängler Household Books

The cooperation project of the Salzburg City Archives and the Department of History of the University of Salzburg, Die Ausgabenbücher der Kaufmannsfamilie Spängler (short Spängler Haushaltsbücher), provides an insight into the everyday life of a middle-class merchant family. A full-text edition and a related database make the edition books of the Salzburg cloth and silk merchant Franz Anton Spängler from the period 1733 to 1785 freely accessible as a web application. This makes edited spending books of 18th-century households available for the first time as an open access publication.

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Contact: Dr. Georg Stöger

TRAVELOGUES: Perceptions of the Other 1500–1876 – A Computerized Analysis

This interdisciplinary and international project focuses on German language travelogues in the collections of the Austrian National Library, covering the period from 1500 to 1876. In order to analyze perceptions of “the other” and “the orient” in a large-scale text corpus, algorithms for the semi-automatized search for, and evaluation of, digitally available texts are being created.

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Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arno Strohmeyer (Project Head), MMag. Dr. Doris Gruber

The Mediality of Diplomatic Communication - Habsburg Envoys in Constantinople in the Mid-17th Century

This FWF-funded project examines the communication of Habsburg diplomats in Constantinople with the Imperial Court in Vienna. Their letters and travelogues will be analysed using modern computer-based methods and from the perspective of media studies. Media are understood as active agents that follow their own logic and significantly shape the transfer of information. Follow this link:

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Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arno Strohmeyer (Project Head) | Anna Huemer Bakk. Komm. MA

Further DH projects at IMAREAL

At IMAREAL, we use the potential of digitalization for cultural research and teaching. We use and design methods and technologies that process, visualize and make available digital data about material culture.

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Linguistic Discourse Linguistics and its Prerequisites (Hinkelmann's Doctoral Project)

In the dissertation project Sprachhistorische Diskurslinguistik und ihre Voraussetzungen. Der Diskurs um die Errichtung einer Ökonomie im ehemaligen Dominikanerkloster durch die Universität Greifswald im 16. Jahrhundert is carried out in a linguistic-historical analysis of the discourse lasting several years about the transfer of the Dominican monastery to the University of Greifswald in the steps of discourse identification, editorial text preparation as well as quantitative and qualitative discourse analysis. The main areas of study are the revisions, argumentation structures and the lexics of the texts.

Contact: Peter Hinkelmanns, M.A.