Linotypes and Looms – In effizienten Strukturen Daten erfassen und Muster sichtbar machen

Tue Jun 21 2022 11:30 am

Linotypes, as the standard of newspaper typesetting made modern mass media possible. Isolating patterns from the fabric they were woven into hinged upon the development of punched cards for Jacquard looms. Experts operating these instruments were in high demand during industrialization; without them, no article would have been printed and no shawl would have been woven. This synchrony of quality-assuring structure and human expertise is also central to the creation of knowledge.

Researchers engaged in recording and analyzing oral and written testimonies and can draw on research environments that are similarly specialized in their approach and universal in their applications as linotypes and looms. Both the decision to acquire such a tool and the investment in the development of one's own expert knowledge necessary to use it well need to be considered. The Thuringian RDM Days allow you to experience two research environments for the humanities as part of the Erfurt workshop and take a fist step in this decision provess.

Register and get hands-on impressions of how Oral.History-Digital and FuD support humanities research. Experience the possibilities of digital tools beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and get inspired.

As this is an interactive workshop, the event will not be recorded.

In order for you to be able to try out FuD for yourself, we ask you to register before june 14th and to agree to forward your login data to our speaker Marina Lemaire. She will then create individualized guest accounts and inform you about the technical aspects of the workshop such as accesses to the platform and the software to be installed. Please register up to 20.6.2022 under and/or  if you want to participate in the practical exercise on Oral-History.Digital in the workshop.


Agenda for June 21  (Access via Zoom)


The projects:


The FuD software is and has been developed for qualitative research projects in the humanities and social sciences by the Servicezentrum eSciences and the Trier Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Trier. For more than 15 years, it has been used in over 50 Projects, to collect, process, analyze, publish, and archive research data collaboratively. Due to its high configurability, FuD can be used for a wide variety of project goals, research data and methods, e.g. for online and/or print editions, inventories, personal databases, linguistic studies or historical-geographical visualizations. In an alternatimg lectures and hands-on sessions, the software system and its various applications will be presented for the exemplary use case of the creation of a digital letter edition. This gives a first impression of what the transformation of traditional research work from planning to execution to publication and archiving can look like in digital working methods and which application possibilities FuD offers.



The focus of the Oral History Research Unit is the "East German experience". The research center takes up the specifics of the GDR and  its aftermath and discusses the methodology of oral history in this context.  The research center develops and establishes a concept for a respectful and fair dialogue, which especially deals with questions of power and participation. The aim is to make oral history sources accessible for a wider audience in the educational scector and society as a whole. For this purpose, oral history interviews are conducted, but also existing interviews are archived and processed in order to develop specific training offers for various social institutions and to enable a second evaluation. Finally, the research center also sees itself as a competence center and transfer organ for the collection, presentation and archiving of qualitative interviews.

Oral-History.Digital. A research environment for interviews

The projekt "Oral-History.Digital" ( is developing an indexing and research platform for scholarly collections of narrative interviews as audiovisual research data. It supports collecting institutions and research projects in archiving, indexing, and providing as well as cross-collection research, annotation, and analysis of eyewitness interviews. The infrastructure is still under construction, but is already being used by collections such as "Zwangsarbeit 1939-1945" (, the árchive "Deutsches Gedächtnis" ( and the Oral-History-Forschungsstelle Erfurt (

Interview projects can post, edit, and provide audio and video interviews with transcripts, biographies, images, etc. in the indexing view. Collection owners will find tools and recommendations for transcription, speech recognition, keywording, etc. Depending on the state of indexing and the rights situation, the interviews can be made accessible by means of a differentiated user administration. Researchers can search across collections in the research view using metadata, maps, filter facets, and timecoded full texts, if applicable. They can view audio or video files with captions and annotate them in their workbook. In line with FAIR principles, Oral-History.Digital makes the interviews findable, accessible, linkable and reusable as audiovsiual research data. A differentiated rights management protects the personal rights of the interviewees. The infrastructure includes a media server for transcoding and streaming and a repository with indexing and research views. Long-term archiving with persistent identifiers via CLARIN ensures the permanent availability of the interviews, regardless of the project duration.

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