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Advancing the Digital Humanities agenda

The Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana project is developing a flexible workflow for data migration to Europeana and data provision to the Linked Open Data web. The project is led by Humboldt University in Berlin. The partners and providers of Jewish content include, among others, the European Association for Jewish Culture, the National Library of Israel, the Center for Jewish History, the JDC Archives and Frankfurt University Library.

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The project is researching the scholarly practices in the humanities and building the tools that respond to the needs of scholars. The focus has been on the modelling of the scholarly domain. Professors Stefan Gradmann and Vivien Petras have been leading the research with the backing of a distinguished Advisory Board: Dr. Tobias Blanke (King’s College, London), Sally Chambers (DARIAH-D), Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer (Göttingen Center for the Digital Humanities), Prof. Dr. Felix Sasaki (DFKI and head of the German W3C-Office), Prof. Dr. Susan Schreibman (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) and Dr. Claire Warwick (University College, London).

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DM2E Pundit Introduction from DM2E on Vimeo.

New tools for research in the humanities
The two tools at the heart of the DM2E scholarly environment are Pundit and Ask. Pundit is a semantic annotation tool that enables researchers to create annotations in Linked Open Data. Ask is a web service that enables scholars to create and query notebooks based on annotations made in Pundit.

This open-source suite of research tools, developed by the Italian partner Net7, is freely available together with tutorials in English, German, Italian and Norwegian from the DM2E wiki.

Early on in the project a group of specialists on the 20th century philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, were identified as a pilot scientific community for the tools under development. The scholars based at the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, also a content provider to DM2E, have been consulted throughout the development of the annotation tool, Pundit. They provided valuable feedback, which led to the development of new functionalities.

The Pundit tool can be customized for the specific needs of particular communities of interest such as Jewish studies. Scholars are now able to use these tools when working on digital resources of Jewish interest – text or images – available through Europeana. They will be able to apply Jewish thesauri, vocabularies or encyclopaedias such as the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, soon to be published in a Linked Open Data format.

Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from the National Library of Israel, the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary,
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