Digital Humanities Lab

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Examples from Digital Humanities Lab

And then there is the Digital Humanities Lab in the Faculty of Humanities, which developed an impressive portfolio over the past years. Examples include Artechne, a database containing fully searchable digitized sources on artisanal techniques spanning four centuries (1500-1900). It includes recipes, books of secrets, and artistic handbooks, all written in a variety of languages, such as Latin, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Spanish. All sources are geotagged, making it possible to visualize their geographical and historical spread.

The Museum Catharijneconvent, which is interested in personal memories about objects in the museum, commissioned Catharijneverhalen, a web application that enables crowdsourcing of personal stories. Microcontact helps to make available linguistic data collected through crowdsourcing and fieldwork; the research is concerned with language change from a syntactic microvariational perspective by observing core syntactic aspects of Romance languages in contact. The Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University has collected a large set of recorded lectures by researchers from around the world. CFH Lectures is an online, searchable video archive that now provides access to these lectures.

Gretel offers extensions to the treebank query application GrETEL. The extensions include facilities for uploading data and metadata, as well as conversion and cleaning modules for uploading data in CHAT format. Last but not least (note that this overview is far from comprehensive!) the I-analyzer
allows researchers to use full-text search on a range of uploadable corpora, with functions for visualizations (word clouds, time lines, heat maps) filtering, stopword removal, normalization, stemming and more.