Working Group on eHumanities

The working group "eHumanities" is an interacademic initiative of the eight member academies of the Union. Moreover, the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences is represented by a delegate. The working group "eHumanities" thus belongs to the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

On January 29th, 2016, a constitutive meeting took place in Mainz, where the two former working groups "electronic publishing" and "digital research" were merged into the new working group "eHumanities".


The activities of the working group "eHumanities" are focused on methods of digital work and publishing, which increasingly become common practice in research conducted by the academies.
To support the research of the academies, the working group aims at comparing technical procedures, developing common solutions and thus establishing best practices for the academies, which are represented in this working group.The groups' work on methods, formats and tools ideally leads the executive committee of the Union to recommend the working groups' solutions for general use to the Unions' member academies. The working group "eHumanities" offers the member academies of the Union a forum for the exchange of information, for a cooperative development of common solutions and for advice concerning questions of intellectual property rights, digital editing and open access. Consequently, this may lead to recommendations for action or to new impulses which might be implemented in the scope of the strategic orientation of the executive committee of the Union.

Members of the working group hence include members of the academies, research managers, staff responsible for digital publications as well as IT managers or digital humanities departments of the academies.

The working group "eHumanities" is concerned with topics such as:

Mutual exchange of information regarding problems and solutions

  • Use of common data formats, standards or tools
  • Use of norm data, thesauri and taxonomies
  • Common development of interfaces
  • Agreement on cross-project think tanks and portals
  • Phrasing of common positions on specific technical questions
  • Questions of intellectual property rights in the context of contracts with publishing houses
  • New technologies for electronic publishing
    Improvement of the visibility and accessibility of research and its results conducted by the academies
  • Storage and permanent presentation of research results
  • Elaboration of advice as recommendations and support

The working group "eHumanities" annually organises a two-day workshop - covering a different topic in the field of electronic publishing each year - in order to inform the staff working in the projects of the academies about new developments. Additionally, intermittent meetings take place, during which technical and methodical questions are addressed, which lead to concrete technical solutions.

Members of the Working Group are:

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
Gerald Neumann
Ralf Wolz

Academy of Sciences in Göttingen
Prof. Dr. Ingo Kottsieper
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer

Bavarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Eckhard Arnold
Dr.Markus Wesche

Saxonian Academy of Sciences
Michael Hübner
Uwe Kretschmer

Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
Andreas Dafferner
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Railble

Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz
Prof. Dr. Manfred Pinkal
Dr. Torsten Schrade
Dr. Andreas Kuczera (Deputy)

Northrhine-Westfalian Academy of Sciences and the Arts
Prof. Dr. apl. Patrick Sahle
Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer (Chair)

Academy of Sciences in Hamburg
Tim Lehmberg

Nationale Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina
Dr. Michael Kaasch

For the Scientific Commission
Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp


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