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Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler.

This work “Spectrum of Papyrus Image Quality (Ghent, P. 69)” is a derivative of “Brief” by Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent, marked with CC0 1.0 Universal. This derivative © 2024 by Victoria G. D. Landau is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

The world is witnessing digital transformations at an unprecedented pace, offering an immense potential that many disciplines, especially within the humanities and social sciences, are not yet equipped to handle. Questions about and challenges facing human heritage and information are at the forefront of debates in all sectors, equally overestimating and disparaging digitization processes and born-digital resources. This doctoral project explores the dimensions of 21st-century data management and preservation of cultural heritage, foremost ancient heritage, to ensure long-term access for research, institutional and public purposes.

This investigation includes an examination of what we understand as «cultural heritage» and «ancient heritage», how this translates into a digital understanding, and which analog and digital standards and best practice approaches are already in use and will be viable in the future — to support both large-scale initiatives (e.g., those adhering to the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention or the Memory of the World Programme) and often subject-specific, medium-scale enterprises, such as collections, archives, databases, and research projects. Generating common ground will require conscious transdisciplinary efforts, shared cross-disciplinary concepts and vocabularies, as well as interoperable systems and structures.

In order to physically retain and digitally capture cultural objects themselves, a vital element in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage is understanding the many threats to cultural property — natural hazards, armed conflict, and obsolescence, both analog and digital, as well as individual human factors such as neglect, fragmentation of artefacts, trafficking, profiteering, and insufficient funding. Looking into the past by incorporating discussions of provenance and acquisition, and anticipating the future by outlining preparation steps for both best- and worst-case scenarios, the thesis further aims to illustrate the links between and the responsibilities of key actors involved. Merging humanities challenges with digital pathways, it intends to produce individually tailored and generally suitable processes that contribute to a landscape of heritage accessible to all.

Prof. Dr. Peter FornaroProf. Dr. Aden Kumler

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Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, Prof. Dr. Karolina Soppa (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Dieses Projekt positioniert sich an der Schnittstelle von KI-Innovation und den intellektuellen Errungenschaften der Geisteswissenschaften und der Kunstgeschichte. Angesichts der Herausforderungen, die NLP und CV-Methoden in der geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung darstellen, versucht es, eine symbiotische Beziehung zu schaffen, die einen kritischen digitalen Raum für die Analyse und Bewertung der visuellen Künste ermöglicht.

Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

This doctoral thesis focuses on web standards, i.e. Linked Open Usable Data (LOUD) specifications (such as the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Presentation API 3.0, Linked Art, and the W3C Web Annotation Data Model), Two research axes or perspectives have been identified to investigate LOUD, the first axis focusing on community practices, i.e. assessing the mechanisms by which organisations, individuals and apparatuses are entangled in consensus-making, and the second on semantic interoperability, i.e. how to make data meaningful to machines in a standardised and interoperable manner. It is grounded as part of the SNSF-funded research project Participatory Knowledge Practices in Analogue and Digital Image Archives (PIA), which aims to develop a citizen science platform around three photographic collections from the archives of Cultural Anthropology Switzerland (CAS), formerly the Swiss Society for Folklore Studies. The empirical part of the research extends beyond deploying LOUD standards within the PIA research project to include an analysis of the social fabrics of the IIIF and Linked Art communities, as well as an investigation of LUX, Yale Collections Discovery platform.


Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber, Dr. Robert Sanderson (Yale University)

Die Dissertation geht der Frage nach, inwieweit sich lokale gesellschaftliche Veränderungen in den Schnitzelbänken der UNESCO Basler Fasnacht widerspiegeln und setzt Big Data Analysen ein, um Muster und Erkenntnisse zu erkennen.

Prof. Dr. Peter Fornaro, Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber

Shuran Yang ist derzeit Doktorandin am Digital Humanities Lab der Universität Basel. Seit 2012 arbeitet sie als Dozentin an der Tibetischen Universität der Nationalitäten und engagiert sich auf dokumentarische und kreative Multimedia-Forschung und -Lehre. 2021 hat Shuran Yang die Firma Maisten Technology Co Ltd mitbegründet, die technische Unterstützung und Lösungen für erweiterte Realität (AR) und virtuelle Realität (VR) für kommerzielle Kundinnen und Kunden sowie Forschungseinrichtungen bietet. Die Projekterfahrungen haben ihr dazu gebracht, die Bedeutung von immersivem Storytelling und Benutzererfahrung (UX) in immersivenUmgebungen (wie AR, VR und Metaverse) zu betonen. Als Doktorandin im Digital HumanitiesLab konzentriert sich ihre Forschung auf die Benutzererfahrung (UX) immersiver Umgebungen in kulturellen Räumen.


  • Immersives Storytelling
  • Benutzererfahrung (UX)
  • Erweiterte Realität (AR)
  • Virtuelle Realität (VR)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer; Prof. Dr. Berenike Herrmann