Workshop “Digital Publications in the Humanities”

Date and Details

Date: 2nd November 2021, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm CET

Venue: Virtual, access will be sent out before the event

Organiser: Dr. Robert Casties, Esther Chen and Lindy Divarci (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History), Michael Franke and Dr. Yves Vincent Grossmann (both Max Planck Digital Library).

Participants: Open for all employees of the Max Planck Society and associated institutions

Language: English; as beta feature a German automated live translation will be offered

Contact: rdm [at] mpdl [dot] mpg [dot] de

Intentions and Objectives

Digital means and open-access policies are changing the landscape of scientific publishing in the humanities and social sciences, too. The workshop wants to explore both major challenges and concrete solutions in a highly dynamic interdisciplinary field of scientific practice. It aims at sharing past experience and visions for future developments. Speakers and participants (especially from the GSHS) from different sectors such as digital humanities, publication management, research data management, libraries, public relations are invited to share their knowledge. At the same time, we will discuss perspectives for further development and possibilities for cooperation within the MPG.

The workshop will focus on exchange. So we would like to ask you what issues in digital publishing are currently on your mind? And what would you or your colleagues like to talk about and share? Such urgent topics of conversation would help us to organize the appropriate talks.

Possible Topics for an Exchange

So far, we have roughly identified the following topics on which we would like to have an exchange. Nevertheless this collection contains only first ideas and is of course expandable by you:

Technical Tools and Solutions, Software, Workflows

  • OCR/Transcribing (Transkribus, …)
  • Publishing of images (IIIF, EasyDB, …)
  • Editors and converters (TEI Publisher, Sciflow, XEditPro…)
  • Text enrichring with Linked Open Reference Data
  • Persistent identifiers (DOI, …)
  • Viewers for texts and images (LENS, …)
  • Cross-referencing (OpenCitations, …)
  • Annotation tools for text and images

Politics, Marketing, Epistemology, Funding, Institutions

  • Sustainability/archiving
  • Copyright, second publication law
  • Print vs. digital: Epistemic impact/ potential of digital formats
  • Public outreach/marketing of digital publications
  • Critical editions/monographs vs. miscellenea/journals
  • Open Access and publishers (Ubiquity Press, Edition Open Access, …)
  • Marketing, dissemination
  • Financial models/funding for digital publishing
  • The role of libraries in digital publishing
  • Open Science


The programme will updated continuously.


    Personal Information

    Automated Live Translation during the Presentations

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