University of Innsbruck

UIBK-ICH, UIBK-DEA

The University of Innsbruck is an Austrian higher education and research institution founded in 1669. Its main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. It has 16 faculties, or 81 institutes, ca. 28.000 students and 4.600 employees.

The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean Society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award-winning alumni and current as well as former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution. In terms of research the third party funding reaches 50 M€.

Institute of Contemporary History (UIBK-ICH): In order to introduce contemporary history as an independent subject area in research and teaching, the University of Innsbruck founded the Institute for Contemporary History in 1984. In 2002 the Institute was evaluated by a commission of the “European Science Foundation” and classified as a “Center of Excellence”. This was in recognition of the almost 20 years of high-caliber work done by the Institute.

At the University of Innsbruck the Institute covers the whole spectrum of contemporary history: In research and teaching the entire histories from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century are represented, including interdisciplinary aspects necessary for understanding the modern periods. Regional and national aspects, as well as global events and transnational entanglements are considered. Political and diplomatic history are more and more embedded into aspects of intellectual and cultural history and transdisciplinary perspectives. The institute’s members work with a wide range of different methods and tools focusing especially on the collection of oral histories and the qualitative analysis of historical newspaper-material. It hosts 1 Full-professor and around 20 researchers including scientist / PhD- students / post-docs and is host of guest lecturers from all over the world.

Projects in recent years focus on contemporary migration issues, Digital Humanities and memory, thus reflecting the institutes continuous development towards internationally discussed research and teaching-trends.

In Newseye, UIBK-ICH is the leader of WP6 on digital humanities applications and uses, and thus a key partner at crossroads between DH and CS partners.

Digitalisierung und Elektronische Archivierung (Digitisation and Digital Preservation Group) (UIBK-DEA): The DEA group was founded in 2002. Main areas of activity are digitization, text recognition and information extraction and software development. DEA was responsible for Austrian literature online library (still one of the largest collections of digitized books with a reference to Austria in its historical borders), for the complete digitization of the Innsbrucker Zeitungsarchiv (Innsbrucks Newspaper Archive), several index card catalogues as well as Audio/Video material. DEA hosts one of the largest OCR clusters based on ABBYY FineReader (32 cores with a daily computing volume of more than 100.000 A4 pages per day). Within DEA several software applications were developed, e.g. the eBooks-on-Demand platform serving more than 40 libraries, the “Digitized catalogues application” hosting more than 40 library catalogues from Austria, Slovakia, and Serbia. Recently the Transkribus platform was launched which has 6000+ registered users and enables users all over the world to apply text recognition and enrichment tools on their historical documents.

UIBK-DEA will lead WP1 on data management, providing a single access point for all tasks connected with the management of research data.