Repositiories, Research Environments and Dissemination

Source Repositiories, Virtual Research Environments, and New Forms of Dissemination

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Coordinated mapping of the geospatial and temporal distribution of historical events.


New media and the Internet have facilitated new modes of cooperation and new forms of publishing scholarly data and results. Against this setting, the idea of an Epistemic Web has emerged. Ideally, the Epistemic Web of the future will promote the creation of dynamic representations of knowledge, integrate research and dissemination, accommodate recursive processes of knowledge formation, and assimilate conceptual models and data.

Working with digital sources which are typically distributed over separate collections, with new forms of scientific communication and new, alternative ways of publication, calls for novel research environments which provide adequate support for this new type of scholarly work. Department I pushes forward the realization of some of the key concepts of the Epistemic Web, in particular by further developing the research-driven infrastructure that is fundamental to all Internet-based working environments and presentations of the Department’s research projects. If well designed, such an infrastructure does not only facilitate research but in fact has the capacity to initiate new research questions and approaches. Research results are integrated in these virtual research environments and are published as online publications or in traditional formats.  Digitized cultural heritage is made publicly accessible on the Internet in a sustainable form, complemented by tools for a web-based scholarly analysis of these sources.