DIKUSA – Networking Digitized Cultural Data in Saxony

The project »Networking Digitized Cultural Data in Saxony – The Development of a Technical Infrastructure for Research on Mobility, Migration, and the Transformation of Places, People, and Artefacts (in Temporal and Spatial Perspective) – DIKUSA« is coordinated by KompetenzwerkD, the Department for Digital Competence at the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig. Research on this project is being conducted by six humanities research institutes, each of which runs its own sub-project dedicated to the cultural and social history of Saxony. The results and tools developed in this cooperative project funded by the Free State of Saxony will eventually be made available to the public.

The sub-projects are all united by the overarching theme of »geographical data« and its digital presentation. Of particular interest here is the representation of the relationship between space and place in temporal perspective. The sub-project based at the Dubnow Institute is dedicated to research on the possibilities and limitations of Jewish participation in Saxon institutes of higher education from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

The sub-project will develop tools to examine this »triad« of places, people, and events and to present the appertaining places, coordinates, and spaces/areas across different eras in the form of cartography both historical and modern. This data networking is supported by collaborations for example with the Saxon State Library – State und University Library Dresden (SLUB) as well as the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL). This cooperative project also places a special emphasis on research transfer among diverse social groups. The research findings and the tools developed in this project will therefore be made publicly accessible, for example in the form of interactive maps as well as components for school curricula and academic teaching.

PD Dr. Jan Gerber

Research Associate
Lisa Pribik