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Beethovens Werkstatt – Genetische Textkritik & Digitale Musikedition Show image information
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Mit dem Dialektatlas Mittleres Westdeutschland (DMW) kann dialektale Sprache computergestützt erhoben, digital weiterverarbeitet und in einer komplex strukturierten Datenbank abgelegt werden. Show image information
Das interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekt InterGramm befasst sich mit der interaktiven Grammatikanalyse in historischen Texten. Show image information
Beispielergebnisse für Suchanfragen mit dem iART-System. Show image information
Ziel des DFG-Projekts t.evo ist es, geeignete Indikatoren für historischen Textmusterwandel anhand einschlägiger Textsorten der Gebrauchsliteratur der jüngeren Sprachgeschichte zu ermitteln. Show image information

Beethovens Werkstatt – Genetische Textkritik & Digitale Musikedition


Arbeit mit der Android-Applikation "Vertaktoid"

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Mit dem Dialektatlas Mittleres Westdeutschland (DMW) kann dialektale Sprache computergestützt erhoben, digital weiterverarbeitet und in einer komplex strukturierten Datenbank abgelegt werden.


Das interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekt InterGramm befasst sich mit der interaktiven Grammatikanalyse in historischen Texten.

Photo: Projekt InterGramm

Beispielergebnisse für Suchanfragen mit dem iART-System.

Photo: iART Projekt

Ziel des DFG-Projekts t.evo ist es, geeignete Indikatoren für historischen Textmusterwandel anhand einschlägiger Textsorten der Gebrauchsliteratur der jüngeren Sprachgeschichte zu ermitteln.

Photo: t.evo Projekt

Key research area "Digital Humanities"

In the key research area Digital Humanities, Paderborn's Computer Science and Humanities are breaking new ground together. Research in the field of humanities raises new challenges for computer science, e.g. in the research of non-standard data. Conversely, the digital processing and analysis of research objects leads cultural studies to a significant expansion and reflection of its canon of methods. A particular focus of cooperation is on the interdisciplinary development of technology and methods as well as on the development of data and coding standards for the cultural sciences - the latter in discourse with the relevant international standardisation initiatives and the corresponding committees, institutions and alliances.

How humanities and computer science can successfully conduct research in constant mutual exchange can be seen, for example, in the Zentrum Musik – Edition – Medien (ZenMEM), where edition approaches in musicology and media studies are further developed through new data formats, visualisation procedures and analysis methods. Moreover, in Paderborn, methods of machine learning expand the spectrum of data-driven possibilities for gaining new insights in the field of Digital Humanities. The variety of textual and hybrid data covered in Paderborn's cultural sciences (including graphic novels and graffiti) in combination with the broad spectrum of computer science research contributes to the development of a specific Digital Humanities research profile at Paderborn.

Research contact: Prof. Dr. Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo

Research areas involved: humanities and computer science 

Research Projects

Beethoven’s Workshop: Genetic Text Critique & Digital Music Edition

The research project Beethoven's Workshop, funded since 2014 by the german Academy of Sciences and Literature, is dedicated to Beethoven's compositional working processes. This project in the field of music philology is based on two closely related research areas: Parallel to the genetic text critique methods which are being developed, digital techniques and forms for an adequate presentation of research results will be developed. The methods and possibilities for visualization will also be transferable to other composers. For the research work, the coding format MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) will be used and expanded.

The music-related genetic text critique that is being developed takes up both working methods of musical sketch research and methods of the French, literary-oriented Critique génétique. This project investigates the compositional thinking and working processes, and tries to reconstruct the creation of a composition by using available workshop documents.

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Hybrid Narrativity Research Group

Combining methods drawn from the cognitive sciences and digital humanities with narratology and literary history, the research group aims at a richer and empirically robust understanding of graphic literature and, in particular, the genre of the graphic novel. The group brings together scholars from psychology, computer science, as well as literary and cultural studies to contribute to the establishment of empirical methods in the humanities.

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Centre for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists

The centre, which is funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science, is dedicated to research on the history of women in science and philosophy. The knowledge acquired here is intended to have an even stronger impact on future teacher training. They are important multipliers who make it clear that there are not only great male philosophers and their doctrines. The knowledge gained will be compiled in a digital encyclopedia. In addition to research on the history of women scientists, the Centre is also dedicated to research on the writings of these women from the 18th century as well as on early phenomenologists. Together with partners in Australia, Israel, Canada, the USA, and the European network with countries such as Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey and Hungary, the aim is to strengthen the network of researchers in this field.

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DEMel – Dictionary of Medieval Spanish

Aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive, scientifically sound and semantically structured data archive on medieval Spanish under the name Diccionario del Español Medieval electrónico (DEMel) to the international public easily and quickly on the Internet  and thus to publish the results of a 25-year research project.

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Detmold Court Theatre (1825-1875)

The DFG project, which has been running since September 2014, is for the first time dealing in detail with the rich sources preserved from the heyday of the Detmold Court Theatre and is developing an XML-based model for the deep exploration of comparable stocks.

The source descriptions are based on the RISM data records available since the 1980s, which thanks to RISM's Linked Open Data Initiative can be converted into the data format of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and subsequently enriched, e.g. by incipits of the music numbers, collection of personal data, as well as strokes and inlays contained in the materials.

All documents are recorded in MEI or TEI either completely or as regests, so that the interaction of both standards can be intensively tested and, above all, MEI can be further developed with regard to its applicability in music library applications. Facsimiles are also integrated exemplarily with the help of the Edirom tools. The project conceives a model that can be used in the long term for similar projects.

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DMW – Atlas of Dialects of Middle Western Germany

The Dialektatlas Mittleres Westdeutschland (DMW) is a 17-year project in which the systematic collection, evaluation and interpretation of dialects, and the most distant speech styles of two generations of speakers in central West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia and parts of Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate) is carried out on a phonetic-phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical level.
The DMW atlas is digital: dialectal language is collected, processed and stored in a complex structured database. It is dynamic, since dialectal information is presented to the users via web browser in form of maps, which are generated on request by means of a database query. It also speaks, since the digital recordings of dialect speech can be called up by a simple mouse click on the map.

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HiP-App – Historic Paderborn App

The focus of the HiP App is to discover to what extent new technical possibilities make the traces of Paderborn's history tangible for the user. It will therefore be explored how images, text and space can be interactively designed on the user interface. The faculties of German linguistics and medieval studies, art history, computer science and history will work together to create an innovative back-end and a user-friendly, interactive front-end. The app content will be compiled by students of the Paderborn University who participate in specific seminars and recorded in multisensory portfolios. The front-end of the app is designed on this basis. Through augmented reality the curiosity of the users will be awakened and the further dealing with the topic of the city's history will be evoked.

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HetWiK – Heterogeneous Resistance Culture

Despite several calls to correct the research desiderata in the historic linguistic approaches, key documents of the German resistance between 1933 and 1945 have previously been the subject of only selective linguistic studies on National Socialism, at best. The project intends to take systematic account of the heterogeneity of resistance communication in particular, explained firstly by the links to differing social and/or political milieus, secondly by the actors’ differing positions, and thirdly by differing conflicts with and approaches to the National Socialist regime and the increasingly integrated society. In methodological respects, the research project essentially combines linguistic hermeneutics with computerbased methods of corpus linguistics.

The project aims to utilize a representative full-text digitalized corpus to investigate comprehensively how language is used to exercise resistance, which language use patterns can be established, and which functions these patterns perform. Existing approaches to action-oriented discourse analysis form the basis of a discrete multidimensional model are applied to analyse these resistance texts. Extrapolating patterns of action from the textual surface and ascertaining changes in these patterns the tagset refers to the four levels of actions constituting reality, identity and relationships, and actions of contradiction, disproving and resistance. In the exploration of the annotated data concordance lines and cluster analysis are employed. To investigate serialisations and correlations between annotated language units that are lying on different levels innovative ways of data analysis will be tested using the output files of CATMA (markups). The complexity of the communicative practices like inclusion and exclusion, requesting and accusing, will be shown not only separately level by level but also in its typical nexus.

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iART – Interactive Analysis and Retrieval Tool for Image Search

The goal of the iART project is to develop an open Web platform, which is able to index large amounts of image data from art history and related disciplines and make them searchable. Specific methods will be designed for content-based search that take into account color, texture, and shape as well as the semantic content of the image. In order to achieve this goal, a generic lexicon of visual concepts will be created together with the project partners and the technical feasibility of the concepts will be evaluated with regard to the various object types. In addition, the system will include functions to cluster and structure large sets of images based on various definitions of similarity.

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INGRID – Graffiti Information System

Graffiti is an urban phenomenon that is increasingly attracting the interest of researchers. Until now, there has been a lack of suitable data corpora for systematic research. The Graffiti Information System (INGRID) closes this gap: stocks of graffiti images, which were provided exclusively for scientific use within the project, are compiled in a database and made accessible to scientific researchers. At the same time, scientific standards for the digital recording and systematisation of graffiti will be developed.

INGRID currently contains more than 150,000 images from the period 1983 to 2015, which will be digitized and indexed in the coming years. For the first time, INGRID will allow researchers to examine developments and changes in graffiti over a longer period of time on the basis of comprehensive, reliable and high-quality research data, and to investigate the aesthetics of graffiti images, their specific textual (pictorial) nature, their grammaticality, their urban location as well as their social functions and meanings.

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InterGramm – Interactive Grammar Analysis of Historical Texts

This empirical research project investigates the language elaboration of Middle Low German from the 13th century to the written language shift in the 16th/17th century. At this time, Middle Low German lost its dominant position as a supraregional written language to Early New High German.
An interactive procedure is being developed that combines machine learning and expert feedback to solve one of the most central problems of existing annotation tools for historical texts. Existing parsing and tagging systems require static grammars and grammatical categories but these are of no use due to the historical dynamics of grammar. It is intended to discover an evolving, dynamic grammar by using rule-based text analysis techniques and machine learning methods. This enables the researchers to reconstruct the language elaboration in an evidence-based way, which is a novelty. This requires knowledge about historical language and grammar as well as knowledge about computational linguistics and computer science. Therefore, this project is an interdisciplinary one that requires a close cooperation over the whole funding period.

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Kompetenzzentrum für Kulturerbe: materiell – immateriell – digital

Das Kompetenzzentrum versteht sich sowohl als Dienstleistungsinstanz im Bereich der Lehre als auch als Koordinationseinrichtung für Forschungsvorhaben im Bereich des Materiellen und Immateriellen Kulturerbes. Seit Oktober 2006 wurde unter der Leitung des Kompetenzzentrums für Materielles und Immaterielles Kulturerbe UNESCO das Paderborner Bildarchiv eingerichtet und aufgebaut sowie verschiedene Projekte zur Erforschung des kulturellen Erbes unterstützt.
Im Jahr 2013 wurde das Kompetenzzentrum umbenannt in Kompetenzzentrum Kulturerbe: materiell immateriell digital um den aktuellen Forschungsschwerpunkten gerecht zu werden. Die Forschungsprojekte, die das Kompetenzzentrum vereint, widmen sich sowohl dem materiellen als auch dem immateriellen Kulturerbe und dem Bereich der e-Humanities.

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OWL.Kultur-Portal (Ostwestfalen-Lippe Culture Portal)

The interactive, multimodal OWL.Kultur-Portal (Ostwestfalen-Lippe Culture Portal) is intended to bundle the region's cultural offerings and make them more visible and usable in the future, as well as to set up as many interfaces as possible to existing systems and other services. It addresses cultural providers, cultural mediators and users of cultural services and makes it possible to find suitable cultural offers by means of individualised filter options, improve the networking of cultural actors across different areas, strengthen the visibility of voluntary work and associations, overcome regional borders and - especially for rural areas - guarantee mobility in order to enable cultural participation for all. Cultural operators benefit from the OWL.Kultur-Portal, as it also provides support services for the organisation of cultural events and projects. This intelligent, target-group-specific and user-oriented assistance system can thus contribute to establishing OWL as a cultural brand by making the cultural public more aware of the OWL cultural region as a whole.

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t.evo – Evolution of Complex Text Patterns

The project t.evo targets the identification of suitable indicators for diachronic change of text patterns based on two highly relevant genres in recent language history. The study will be performed using corpus-based methods and with the help of digital resources and tools for the analysis and annotation of corpora which were provided by different projects for re-use (e.g. German Text Archive, WebLicht, Catma).

In t.evo, we plan to systematically investigate patterns of the structural, functional, social, and stylistic dimensions of texts. Since patterns associated with these dimensions can mostly be acquired from the textual surface, we can draw on the results of conventional computational linguistic analysis tools. In addition, we will apply manual annotation wherever features cannot yet be reliably extracted with automatic methods. All features extracted will undergo statistical analysis and the results will then be verified and interpreted based on the actual text sources. 

Analyses will be based on digital corpora of newspapers on the one hand, and devotional literature on the other hand, thus including two genres which had a firmly established place in everyday life for a wide range of recipients in their time. The variety of text types considered is expected to lead to far-reaching results regarding the manifestations of diachronic change of text patterns in general, thus ensuring the applicability of techniques developed by the project to analysis of further text types.

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WeGA – Complete Works of Carl Maria von Weber

The WeGA is an initiative sponsored by the Academy of Sciences and Literature with the goal to present all of Weber's compositions, letters, diaries and writings in a critical scientific edition by the 200th anniversary of his death in 2026. The edition will consist of approx. 50 volumes of musical scores including critical reports, 10 volumes of letters, approx. 8 volumes of diaries, 2 volumes of writings, a catalogue of works as well as several document volumes. All parts of the text (i.e. excluding the musical notes) will initially be published as digital editions. It will be prepared under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Allroggen at two research sites: at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz and at the Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn. The Weber-Studies series will be published parallel to the edition.

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ZenMEM – Zentrum Musik – Edition – Medien

In dem Kooperationsprojekt haben sich die Universität Paderborn, die Hochschule für Musik Detmold und die Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe zum Ziel gesetzt, ein Kompetenzzentrum an der Schnittstelle von Informatik und Geisteswissenschaften aufzubauen.
Vertreter der Medienwissenschaften (Medienpädagogik und Medienökonomie), der Musikwissenschaft und verschiedener Bereiche der Informatik (Kontextuelle Informatik, Mensch-Computer-Interaktion, Musik und Filminformatik und Softwaretechnik) bündeln in diesem Zentrum ihre gesammelten Erfahrungen, Konzepte und Methoden.

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