CORE-H (english)

Collaborative Open Research Environment for the Humanities

Source: Niklas Luhmann Archive, Bielefeld University

Impulse project, funded by the Thuringian state program „Pro-Digital“ (duration 2020 – 2021)

Researchers: Prof. Dr. Clemens Beckstein, Associate Professor Dr. Robert Gramsch-Stehfest, Dr. Christian Knüpfer, Clemens Beck, M.A.

Our project CORE-H (Collaborative Open Research Environment for the Humanities) aims to realize a vision of a collaborative, open research environment for the humanities. It seeks to reorganize the research process as a computer-supported workflow from source research to the preparation of sources as data to the analysis of these data.

Network of Annaten payments to the papal curia under Pope Sixtus V. (1471-1484)

In a first project step, the requirements for the research environment for historical-scientific topics are to be specified and individual functionalities prototypically implemented. To the outside world, the research environment presents itself to the users as a „digital assistant“, in which we take our cue from a famous analog prototype – the „Luhmann Cardbox“ and should meet the following requirements:

Collaboration: Teamwork while editing a knowledge base is made possible.

Openness: The type and structure of the facts to be represented is flexible.

Reusability: Once a knowledge base has been processed, it can be easily adapted to other questions.

Adaptability: Algorithms developed for specific research tasks can be integrated, such as import and export filters or analysis methods. Import filters allow the semi-automatic integration of other repositories; export filters make the represented knowledge available for external use.

Transparency: The origin of every fact is traceable. This implies the logging of changes to the knowledge base and the generation of explanations for derived facts and leads to a significant improvement in the traceability of the published knowledge as well as the research process itself.

Consistency: The possibility to compare contradictory information and to automatically identify them should be provided. Comment functions and a version management system make it easier for users to develop the knowledge base step by step.

Ergonomics: There are comfortable possibilities to navigate in the knowledge base, to determine relevant facts for a question and to prepare these facts in a structured way for further processing.

Letter networks of Johannes Eck and Philipp Melanchthon in pre-reformatory times