1. Introduction

1.1. Symposium

1.2. UGA - DigiLab

The DigiLab (Digital Humanities Lab) located in the Main Libraries and sponsored by the Willson Center is an interdisciplinary group focused on supporting Digital Humanities and Scholarship and research for faculty and students. We also have a physical lab space within the UGA Main Library outfitted with computers and tools for research and teaching support. 

1.3. LMU - ITG

The IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften (ITG) is a Digital Humanities competence and data center. It is responsible for the entire humanities and cultural sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). Its organisation is based on an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary concept. Its fields of activity include

  • IT Infrastructure: ITG plans, procures and operates the IT infrastructure on the server and client side, offers hardware and software consulting and first-level support. 
  • Research & Teaching digital: ITG accompanies digital projects in research and teaching in all phases (ab ovo, in vita, post mortem). It advises on applications, prepares a proof-of-concept, plans, organises and carries out projects together with the specialist sciences. In addition, ITG is significantly involved in two study programs in Digital Humanities and provides teaching for PhD students.
  • Research data management: In cooperation with the University Library of LMU, ITG integrates digital projects into a comprehensive research data management.

ITG is committed to the principles of Open Access and FAIR. Its aim is to provide research software (including research data, research results, program codes) with maximum synergy, availability, transparency, verifiability and sustainability. All concepts and processes are fundamentally oriented towards the idea of "digital first / online first".

ITG promotes cooperation between the humanities, computer science, statistics and computational linguistics as well as the emerging data sciences and AI. Its aim is to further expand the interdisciplinary dialogue and thus generate fruitful synergetic effects for all participants.

1.4. Speakers and Lightening Talks

2. Lightening Talks

2.1. Bill Kretzschmar

Dr. Bill Kretzschmar, Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities, will discuss project and data sustainability from the perspective of the Linguistic Atlas Project, a long-term dialectal survey project and the largest of its kind in the United States of America. The Atlas Project began in 1929 and remains unprecedented in scale for its data collection and information on English. Dr. Kretzschmar served as director and editor-in-chief of the project for many years and will share advice on working with different types of data along with technology management for sustainability and continuing research.

2.2. Keiko Bridwell

Keiko Bridwell, Ph.D. candidate and research assistant for the DigiLab, will discuss several collaborative faculty Digital Humanities projects in her lightning talk. Each of these projects are ongoing collaborations and in the early stages of project analysis and visualization. Keiko will discuss data organization and sustainability principles she has learned and employed from her work, in addition to recommendations for students and researchers for working with different types of data.

2.3. Tobias Englmeier

In my presentation I will briefly discuss the technical challenges and hurdles encountered during the relaunch of the project "Linguistic Atlas of Dolomitic Ladinian and neighboring dialects" ( and show how a project whose days were otherwise numbered could be revived.

2.4. Veronika Gacia

The i₃.MesopOil project ( is a web project with a digital data collection at the department of Assyriology at LMU, collecting texts and interactive material on the topic of oils and fats in ancient Mesopotamia. The presentation shows possibilities for georeferenced organization of text materials and goes into detail about working in a team with the content management system WordPress.

2.5. Christiane Bayer

This Lightning Talk will focus on how to get researchers in the humanities to do RDM - OR: The Concept of Digital Visibility.

3. Questions

4. Concluding remarks

5. Introducing the UGA scholarship

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