University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck is a higher education and research institution in Tyrol, Austria, which was founded back in 1669.

The department of contemporary history (UIBK-ICH) and the Digitalisierung und Elektronische Archivierung (Digitisation and Digital Preservation Group) (UIBK-DEA) are specifically involved in the Newseye project. Their main areas of activity are digitization, text recognition and information extraction and software development.

UIBK-DEA leads on data management, providing a single access point for all tasks connected with the management of research data.

UIBK-ICH is the leader on digital humanities applications and uses, testing tools and develops case studies, and thus a key partner at crossroads between Digital Humanities and Computer Science partners.

Team Biographies

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eva Pfanzelter

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eva Pfanzelter is professor of contemporary history and deputy head of the Institute of Contemporary History as well as Deputy Head of the Research Center of Digital Humanities at the University of Innsbruck. She is an expert in Digital History, Migration and Minority History and Central European Contemporary History. She was co-founder and one of two leaders of Austria’s first online contemporary history portal (Zeitgeschichte-Informations-System) in 1996 (discontinued in 2003), is responsible for the growing online oral-history migration video-archive and co-editor of the online, gold-open-access peer-review Journal historia.scribere. After having been nominated several times, in 2014 together with the co-editors she received the Award for Teaching Excellence of the University.

Eva has published two books and (co-)edited eight books (among them peer-reviewed and open-reviewed ones) as well as numerous articles and given many talks and lectures all over Europe and in the US. She is reviewer and juror for internationally highly regarded funding institutions and journals.

Barbara Klaus

Barbara Klaus studied Journalism and Communication as well as Theatre, Film and Media History at the University of Vienna and works since 2012 as an editor in Vienna. She is currently writing her dissertation on communication(s) of war in the Austrian field post (1914-1918). Her main research area is the media and communication history of the 19th and 20th century with a particular focus on the First and Second World War. Since July 2018 she is a member of the WP6 Team in Innsbruck, Austria

Dr. Sarah Oberbichler

Dr. Sarah Oberbichler is a postdoctoral researcher and works at the Department of Contemporary History and at the Department of Media, Science and Communication at the University of Innsbruck. She received her Ph.D. in Contemporary History about the reception of immigration in South Tyrolean Newspapers (1990-2015). Currently, she is working on two projects for the analysis and visualization of digital newspapers and digital archives. Her research interests are European and regional contemporary history, migration history, media, and digital humanities.

Stefan Hechl

Stefan Hechl is an MA student of history at the University of Innsbruck. He is currently using digital methods on large text corpora to analyse the role of newspapers in the development of the Austrian “nation” after 1918 and 1945. In the NewsEye project, he is based at the Department for Contemporary History as a project assistant.


Benedikt Kapferer

Mag. Benedikt Kapferer studied English and History in the teacher's programme at the University of Innsbruck. He currently studies the Specialization Media Pedagogy and works at the Department of Contemporary History. In his Newseye case study on media and journalism he looks into the relationship and interaction between newspapers and their readership.

Günter Mühlberger

Günter Mühlberger works at the University of Innsbruck, Department for German Language and Literature and leads the Digitisation and Digital Preservation group. He also heads the Digital Humanities Research Centre at the University of Innsbruck. He received his Ph.D. in literary history about the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. From 1991 to 2002 he worked as a research assistant for German Language and Literature. Since the mid 90ies his work focusses on digitisation, digital libraries, text recognition and digital humanities.

Günter was responsible for several national and international projects, e.g. LAURIN (digitisation of newspaper clippings, 1998-2000), METADATA ENGINE (structural metadata extraction and OCR for gothic letters, 2000-2003), reUSE (2003-2006, digital preservation), IMPACT (sub-project leader for text recognition, 2008-2012), Digitisation on Demand / eBooks on Demand (DoD, EOD, 2006-2012), tranScriptorium (work package leader for data management for handwritten text recognition) and EU Newspaper (member of the executive board, OCR processing and enrichment of newspapers). Since 2016 he coordinates the Horizon 2020 Project READ (Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents). A major deliverable of the project is the implementation of the Transkribus platform which aims to provide a comprehensive set of services for scholars, archives, libraries, and family historians for the transcription, recognition and searching of historical documents.