Einführung in die Digital Humanities

General Information

In the beginning, only a few people could access information digitally. Today, hundreds of millions of people use information systems every day when they use a web store, a search engine, or manage their e-mail. Information discovery currently plays an important role in managing data collections, processing and identifying relevant data, and helping users analyze their personal interests (e.g., context, language, semantics, etc.).Data engineering principles are important for representing, presenting, and understanding data generated by various systems. Knowledge Engineering is about all aspects of building, maintaining, and using knowledge-based systems to create actionable knowledge from passive data.

This course introduces the fundamentals of Data and Knowledge Engineering. In addition, knowledge and skills in Data Science / Data Mining also will be taught. All methods and techniques can be applied in Digital Humanities. This is an interdisciplinary environment where researchers can collaborate. It is based on different research areas, e.g. quantitative text analysis, information retrieval, text mining, subject-specific databases, corpus linguistics, visualization of complex data structures and provides user-centered representations of the data, which can then be further analyzed hermeneutically in the humanities.

By the end of the course, students will be introduced to an extensive and comprehensive catalog of tools and techniques and will be able to develop and understand information systems that apply their knowledge to Data and Knowledge Engineering. They will also be able to apply mining techniques that can be used for a variety of purposes, especially for the Digital Humanities.

Exercise course

All students are required to participate in the exercise classes. The students will be divided in groups to develop a usability project, based on theoretical aspects about user interfaces, user experience and usability.

At the end of the course, every group will be asked to illustrate the implemented project with a presentation.

Requirements for Participation in the Final Exam

For acquiring the "Schein" you have to write and pass the exam.

The students who do not participate in the usability project will take a longer exam. 

A general reminder: In accordance with the examination rules, we offer each student exactly one examination date (written) each term. The registration for a follow-up examination is only possible in the next term (i.e. after 6 months). As soon as a student has registered for an exam, either by using the LSF for written exams or by filling in the information on an examination list for oral exams (or filling out a registration form), this is counted as the agreed examination date. If it is cancelled, the rule above applies.

Teaching Staff

If you have any questions about the lecture or the exercises, please contact us via e-mail:


  • Drucker, J. Introduction to digital humanities: concepts, methods, and tutorials for students and instructors. (2014)

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