VERA beta version online

VERA stands for Virtual Ecosystem for Research Activation. It’s an online hub where researchers and “engaged stakeholders” (organizations and community leaders who coordinate directly with local citizens) can gather together and co-create participatory research projects within the social sciences and humanities disciplines. On the hub, VERA users can create their own profiles to find each… Continue reading VERA beta version online

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Cafébabel on “Growing migrant knowledge: Contemporary and historical perspectives”

The first article in the new “Terrains Communs” series reports on how historians are working with citizens to fill a gap in historical records in order to better understand the daily lives of a first generation of immigrants: Literacy progressed throughout the 19th century, no longer limited to a small elite, allowing families to exchange… Continue reading Cafébabel on “Growing migrant knowledge: Contemporary and historical perspectives”

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Document / in / g Transit: Final Symposium of “Writing Across Borders”

Bonn, Bad Godesberg, November 21-22, 2022 This symposium unites transcribers, machine-learning “trainers” and scholars working with (mostly handwritten) ego-documents (letters and diaries) written in time of transit with a strong focus on forced migration in the 1930s/40s. Drawing on the current research of the participants, we will discuss, on the one hand, external aspects of… Continue reading Document / in / g Transit: Final Symposium of “Writing Across Borders”

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Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) in Transkribus Lite

What is Transkribus? Transkribus is a platform for (semi-)automatic HTR. Originally developed within the Horizon 2020 “READ” EU project, it is now administrated through the READ-COOP, who runs the servers and coordinates further development. The usage for the platform is no longer fully free, but you will get 500 credits upon registration. This allows you… Continue reading Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) in Transkribus Lite

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Brücken über den Atlantik: Zwei Generationen von Ingenieuren

Von Eberhard Pelke Die 1. Generation Das Lebenswerk des deutsch-amerikanischen Brückenbauers Johann August Röbling (1806-1869), am prominentesten die von ihm konstruierte Brooklyn Bridge, ist weltbekannt. Er selbst schrieb Tagebuch (Roebling & Henze 2009), ebenso sein Sohn Washington (Sayenga 2009). Viele weitere Ingenieure wie z.B. David B. Steinman (1950) oder Andreas Kahlow haben sein Leben detailliert… Continue reading Brücken über den Atlantik: Zwei Generationen von Ingenieuren

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Behind the scenes: Pilot #5

GHI Research Fellow Jana Keck and Technical Developer Daniel Burckhardt were interviewed for the COESO project, where they shared their experiences from “Migrant Connections,” specifically their work in the field of citizen science. ›› Read the post

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Launch of New Digital Research Infrastructure: Migrant Connections

Zoom, March 23, 2022 | 10 am ET | 3 pm CET We are excited to present the official launch of our new website Migrant Connections. This online research platform will bring together three projects which combine the institute’s long-standing interest in migration history with its research focus on digital history. One component of the… Continue reading Launch of New Digital Research Infrastructure: Migrant Connections

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Handwritten Text Recognition for Historical Prints

For more than twenty years, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology has been available for converting scans of printed and typewritten pages into machine-readable text. It was only with the introduction of deep learning technologies in the last decade that comparable results could also be achieved for handwritten documents. Transkribus is a leading Handwritten Text Recognition… Continue reading Handwritten Text Recognition for Historical Prints

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Migrant Connections

How do Citizen Humanities projects develop? And how have such endeavors changed over the course of the last decades? One of the research areas of the German Historical Institute Washington focuses on the intersection of Digital History and German Migration to the United States. “Migrant Connections” will be launched in the fall of 2021 as… Continue reading Migrant Connections

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