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    Summerschool "Digital History"

Summerschool: »Digital History - New tools for source indexing and text analysis«


When? August 23-27, 2021
Where? Online and decentralized: for more information on the schedule, see the announcement text (below) and the poster.
Who? Students, but also historians of any qualification level, from BA to professorship, archivists, and all other interested parties.

The summer school is intended to digitally trace the research process of historians along its duration: From the selection and preparation of the source to the automated transcription and analysis of the text. The free tools Transkribus and nopaque will be used. The summer school days always consist of three blocks: In the morning, the topic of the day is introduced and content is conveyed. Participants can try out their skills in the first, prepared exercises. In the afternoon, work is done and applied: The participants are welcome to try out what they have learned in the morning on material they have brought with them as well as on material provided by the FGHO and the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. The third block presents ongoing projects. Here, the challenges, advantages and disadvantages, and potentials of digital work with sources can be reflected upon and discussed using concrete case studies.

Here you can go to the page of our project partner, the CAU Kiel. If you have any questions, please contact or

Program Online Summerschool and Workshop "Digital History" (August 23-27, 2021)

Monday, August 23, 2021
Moderation: Gerald Schwedler

9.00-12.30 Introduction to the Summer School.

  • "What do Digital Humanities and Digital History mean for historical scholarship today? What motivates us to do summer school?" (Gerald Schwedler/Angela Huang)
  • Introductions Speakers/Participants.
  • "Digital History: How history works (or at least should work) after the digital turn" (Silke Schwandt/Tobias Hodel).

14.00-16.30 Background and preparation

  • "READ-COOP-SCE and Transkribus: background, projects and products" (Andy Stauder).
  • "eLearning in the digital learning lab at Kiel University Library" (Andreas Christ/Swantje Piotrowski).
  • Installing tools and creating profiles:
             Transkribus (Johanna Walcher)
             Nopaque (Silke Schwandt)

17.00-18.00 Project presentation

  • "Hanse.Quellen.Lesen!"/Day Trips by FGHO (Angela Huang/Ole Meiners)
  • "TEI Student Projects at CAU Kiel" (Swantje Piotrowski).

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Moderation: Angela Huang

9.00-12.30 Introduction to working with Transkribus

  • Transkribus Basics (Johanna Walcher/Günter Hackl, READ-COOP-SCE)

14.00-16.30 Application (READ-COOP-SCE)

  • Basic Transkribus: Exercises for beginners and advanced users

17.00-18.00 Project presentation

  • "Use cases from large scale projects in archives, tips & tools for practice: material types, layouts and training strategies" (Dirk Alvermann, Greifswald)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 
Moderation: Gerald Schwedler

9.00-12.30 Transkribus II

  • "Transkribus in-depth: expert client, transkribus lite, and HTR" (Sebastian Colutto, READ-COOP-SCE).

14.00-16.30 Application (READ-COOP-SCE)

  • Practice on own material (if necessary, practice materials will be provided)

17.00-18.00 Project presentation

  • "Topic Modelling" (Ina Serif/Tobias Hodel, Basel/Bern).

Thursday, August 26, 2021 
Moderation: Angela Huang

9.00-12.30 Introduction to digital text analysis

  • "Making texts transparent: automatic text processing with the platform nopaque" (Silke Schwandt)

14.00-16.30 Application (Tobias Hodel, Silke Schwandt/ Angela Huang: recesses)

  • Exercises on prepared material (FGHO)

17.00-18.00 Project presentation

  • "Swiss Federal Archives: Federal Council Minutes 1848-1903 - a Digital History Project" (Tobias Hodel).
  • "Text Mining Tools in Digital History" (Laura Niewöhner, Bielefeld).

Friday, August 27, 2021
Moderation: Angela Huang / Gerald Schwedler


  • Open Forum: Presentation of own projects/discussion round on planned projects.


  • Supervised training: Apply what you have learned to your own examples


  • Certificate of participation "T&T driver's license", feedback round and goodbye

Speakers/ Cooperation partners

Organizer: Angela Huang/ Gerald Schwedler


CAU: Swantje Piotrowski

UB: Andreas Christ

FGHO: Ole Meiners

Transcriber: READ-COOP-SCE    
Dirk Alvermann                       

Text analysis: Tobias Hodel
Ina Serif
Silke Schwandt
Laura Niewöhner

Support: Vivien Popken (FGHO)
Philip Scheinert, Anika Gerdts (CAU)