INDIHU - Development of Tools and Infrastructure for Digital Humanities

Programme for the Support of Applied Research and Exp. Development of National and Cultural Identity (NAKI II), DG16P02B039

The main aim of the project is to create necessary tools and infrastructure for scientific work in the humanities (such as history, philosophy, literature, etc.), which is based not according to the existing practices to analog documents, but to resources available in electronic form - for example, digitized documents, electronic databases or various collections of electronic data of a scientific nature that arise in academic work and are not effectively used yet or systematically interconnected. Project objectives are fully in line with new approaches for scientific work, which can be characterized by the term "Digital Humanities". The central solution INDIHU will serve to integrate data from the social sciences and humanities. Participating institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences with the Main Library and the National Library will combine their resources that currently operate separately, often there is no awareness about them and it is practically impossible to use them together for the creation of specific analyzes and research. Outcomes of the project will include the development of tools that enable to work with digital content, its effective use for research and application of new methods and approaches. A software solution for virtual exhibitions allowing the use of different data sources will be prepared, further a solution for virtual knowledge base that will serve as information system and resource for individual researchers and also open source OCR mechanism that will create machine-readable text will be integrated, which will serve for more effective research and retrieval of the required documents and publications. Among the outcomes of the project is a series of workshops for students and teachers of universities to become familiar with the area of digital humanities and with project outcomes usable in this area. The aim of the project also is to cooperate with international infrastructures, particularly with DARIAH and Europeana.

Funding provider: Ministry of Culture Czech Republic

Coordinating contractor: Library of the ASCR, v. v. i.

Contractor: Institute of Philosophy of AS CR, v. v. i. (Jan Patočka Archive)
Principal investigator: Ivan Chvatík

Contractors: National Library of the Czech Republic
Institute of Archaelogy of AS CR, Prague, v. v. i.
Institute of Archaelogy of AS CR, Brno, v. v. i.
Institute of Art History of AS CR, v. v. i.
Institute of Ethnology of AS CR, v. v. i.
Institute of Czech Literature of AS CR, v. v. i.