Kurse 2017-2018 Wintersemester

 

Introduction to the Digital Humanities

Lehrerin: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

What is (or are) the Digital Humanities? What relevance do digital methods have for research in the different humanistic disciplines? What does it mean to “do digital humanities”? This course is an introduction and overview of the field of Digital Humanities, intended for students of the Master’s degree in History. We will cover the history of the field to the present day, and take a closer look at the relationship between computational analysis, humanistic theory, and hermeneutics. We will also touch on more practical aspects of the digital humanities such as the representation of cultural artifacts, and particularly texts, within the digital domain. By the end of the course students should have a good understanding of how we formalize and model concepts from the humanistic disciplines into the digital domain, and will be aware of the plethora of further hands-on training opportunities in Digital Humanities tools and techniques across Austria, Europe, and the rest of the world.

 

Theorie und Methodik in den Digital Humanities

5.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrerin: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course is a complement to the VO Schwerpunkt Digital Humanities. We will read and discuss works that allow us to gain a more in-depth understanding of the intellectual background and theoretical underpinnings of DH methodology.

 

DH Methods: Historical Inquiries with R

10.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrer: Maxim Romanov, PhD

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course will offer a practical introduction into R programming language, which is currently one of the most popular choices of humanists interested in investigating humanities problems with computational methods. Following the general introduction, the course will cover a series of cases of how one can analyze textual, historical and spatial data with statistics-based and visual methods.

 

Fortgeschrittener Gebrauch von GIS in der Geschichtsforschung

10.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrerin: Maria Vargha, MA MA

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The present course aims to give an insight to the advanced use of Geographical Information Systems primarily, but not exclusively, in the field of historical research and provide the students with useful, hands-on experience and knowledge that they can use in their further studies and work.
Although historical geography is a traditional part of the discipline of history, the use of GIS are not restricted to this subject. Due to the versatile application of GIS in historical research its use has been growing. GIS makes it possible, to add a spatial reference to any kind of historical problem, and with that, it opens new possibilities for research, both in terms of opening new questions, and providing more data to be analysed in more ways.The present course is the continuation of the course '070329-1 KU Course (2017S) Introduction to the use of GIS in historical research', where the visualisation of (historical) data has been in the focus of the course. In this second stage, the intention of this course is to involve students deeper in the use of these applications, and with that, broader the potential in their own research, by learning to analyze the visualised data. During that, the students will be introduced to several methods for vector and raster analysis - their practical know-how, and also their potential use in (historical) research.
The course will be built up of both theoretical and practical classes. Students will be expected to develop their own term project in the form of diverse GIS maps, which will be presented at the end of the term.

Kurse 2016-2017 Sommersemester

 

 

Computational Background Skills for Digital Humanities

Lehrerin: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

Continuous assessment of course work

This course is intended to provide basic training and support for further skills courses in the Digital Humanities. It is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to the other DH practical courses, and is scheduled to allow completion before the other courses begin.

Aims, contents and method of the course

- Introduction to the command line
- Introduction to file formats and filesystems
- Solving the mystery of special characters
- Understanding how the Internet works behind the browser
- Things you ought to know about your (Mac / Windows / Linux) operating system
- Where to go for help and how to understand the answers

 

Tools and Techniques for Digital Humanities

3.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrerin: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

Aims, contents and method of the course

The class will introduce the students to a variety of software tools and methods used in the Digital Humanities, primarily using the Python programming language. No prior programming experience is expected, but students who have not use the command line before are strongly advised to complete Method Workshop 070280 first!

 

Management of Digital Research Data

3.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrerin: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

Aims, contents and method of the course

The first stage of almost any digital humanities project is to collect and organize the data that will be studied; this might be texts, images, spreadsheets, or any other collection of information and resources. In this class we will focus on the management, organization, and modeling of the digital data we collect. The lessons will cover how to process and access flat-file formats such as Excel and CSV, how to build tabular data up into a relational database, alternative database solutions such as XML databases for projects that make heavy use of XML encodings such as that of the TEI, and data storage and modeling with the use of graph databases.

 

Introduction to the use of GIS in historical research

3.00 ECTS, SPL 7 - Geschichte

Lehrerin: MA MA Mária Vargha

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the basic principles and practices of diverse Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Although historical geography is a traditional part of the discipline of history, the use of GIS are not restricted to this subject. Due to the versatile application of GIS in historical research its use has been growing. GIS makes it possible, to add a spatial reference to any kind of historical problem, and with that, it opens new possibilities for research, both in terms of opening new questions, and providing more data to be analysed in more ways. The intention of this course is to involve students in the use of these applications, and with that, broader the potential in their own research. At the first stage the course focuses on developing practical skills on the visualization of data and diverse historical processes. During that, the students will be introduced to open source programs, and free datasets that can be of their assistance. The course will be built up of both theoretical and practical classes. Students will be expected to develop their own term project in the form of diverse GIS maps, which will be presented at the end of the term.