Data Basics With Databases – The Wonders of Data Material

Vacation time is over and – which is a bit surprising for PhD students – I had much time to think about my dissertation and my academic future. I did some researches and picked up many new interesting fields someone should deal with. However, from time to time, I got angry about an issue which came across a lot. Have you ever noticed how stupid some subject-related databases are? I mean, having them helped us find sources and texts, which enriched our own work, was a wonderful opportunity 10 years ago; but today, 10 years later the relation between the whole bunch of data sets became the focus of some researchers’ attention.

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Avoiding Nightmares in Teaching Digital Methods

„One can’t go wrong with this,“ I thought. Well – now I know better!

In an academic exercise, I presented some digital methods to teacher trainees. I wanted to enable them to use these methods deliberately later in school. The required tools were as simple as possible. It was important that they were quick to apply (as teacher’s time is very limited) and easy to use (so their pupils could work with them as well – without losing attention on the content of the lesson). Hereby, the content, not the technology, must be emphasized. Continue reading “Avoiding Nightmares in Teaching Digital Methods”

If Kant used a computer… #DHd2018 (“Digital Humanities im Deutschsprachigen Raum”)

Immanuel Kant as a protagonist of the digital humanities? If you think this will never happen – well, then you have not heard from the  DHd2018 in Cologne, which took place from February 26th to March 2nd. The title of the conference “Kritik der digitalen Vernunft” was applied in many contributions from the initial keynote by Berlin’s professor of philosophy  Sybille Krämer to the closing keynote by  C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (whom you should know at least as one of the creators of XML and author of the  TEI Guidelines). Continue reading “If Kant used a computer… #DHd2018 (“Digital Humanities im Deutschsprachigen Raum”)”