Dirk Wintergrün

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
Dipl. Phys.
since 1. Januar 2000

Dirk Wintergrün’s main focus is on developing, coordinating, and managing digital projects that support research in the history of science. In particular he is involved in designing and implementing most of the current digital projects of the Max Planck Institute of the History of Science (which can be seen on the Institute’s homepage). His work covers the design of databases, service development, and more recently conceptual work on the structure of data and metadata for long-term accessibility and interoperability of databases as research outcomes in the history of science.

A new field of interest is the use of semantic modeling, network analysis, and text mining tools to analyze historical data. He is also working on methods of modelling historical processes utilizing semantic web standards such as CRM. In this context, Dirk is working on case studies for the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) (on the application of text-mining tools aiming at structuring the unstructured text corpus created by the project on the basis of Optical Character Recognition on a large scale), and on a project on the administrative documents of the Opera Del Duomo.

Selected publications: 

Renn, J., Wintergrün, D., Lalli, R., Laubichler, M., & Valleriani, M. (2016). Netzwerke als Wissensspeicher. In J. Mittelstraß, & U. Rüdiger (Eds.), Die Zukunft der Wissensspeicher: Forschen, Sammeln und Vermitteln im 21. Jahrhundert (pp. 35-79). München: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft Konstanz.


Casties, R., & Wintergrün, D. (2015). Bilder als Quelle in TextGrid. In H. Neuroth, A. Rapp, & S. Söring (Eds.), TextGrid: von der Community – für die Community; eine virtuelle Forschungsumgebung für die Geisteswissenschaften (pp. 153-163). Glückstadt: Hülsbusch.


Bulatovic, N., Saquet, B., Schlender, M., Wintergrün, D., & Sander, F. (2015). Digital Scrapbook – can we enable interlinked and recursive knowledge equilibrium?. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.


Wintergrün, D., Renn, J., Lalli, R., Laubichler, M., & Valleriani, M. (2015). Netzwerke als Wissensspeicher. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.


Renn, J., Schoepflin, U., Wazeck, M., & Wintergrün, D. (2002). The classical image of science and the future of science policy. In Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society (Ed.), Innovative structures in basic research: Ringberg-Symposium, 4 - 7 October 2000 (pp. 11-21). München: MPG.

Villa Vigoni, DARIAH - Summer school
Preconditions and Tools for Digital Publications in the Humanities
DHd – Konferenz, Graz
methodische und technische Herausforderung durch „Big Data“ in den Geschichtswissenschaften
Workshop der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen zu Elektronischen Editionen
Expectation on Electronic Editions and Summary of the Workshop
HSS Conference, Chicago
Mapping interdisciplinarity and the expansion of scientific organization - a project in the making
Berliner Gespräche zur Digitalen Kunstgeschichte
Von E4D mit GeoTemCo zum
 DARIAH-Geobrowser und PlATiN - ein Arbeitsbericht -
Oklahoma University, Library, September 2013
From exhibition support to the virtual exhibition : a workshop report
Digital History and Philosophy of Science Meeting, Indiana University, September 203
IT Developments at the MPIWG and DARIAH
Villa Vigoni, June 12th, 2013
Digital Humanities at the MPIWG
Digital Humanities - Kompetenzzentren in Deutschland, Berlin, June 28th, Berlin
Podiumsdiskussion:Ein DH-Kompetenzzentrum in Berlin? Ein Gespräch zum Wie und Wozu.
Junges Wissenschaftsforum Dahlem, June 20th, 2013
Round Table: Teaching and New Media
HPS Consortium, Cambridge, UK, September, 2012
How to do simple things simple- Creating networks
HPS Consortium, Cambridge, UK, September, 2012
Towards an infrastructure for Digital Humanities at the MPIWG
L’image-document face au numérique : mise en crise ou mise en lumière ?, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris
From TextGrid and ECHO to the electronic scrapbook - new ways of collaborative publications in the humanities
HPS Informatics Workshop, MBL, Woods Hole
Event-Based Concept Models
First International DARE Conference, Cologne
ISMI - Challenges and Genesis of a Digital Project: a Field Report
Digital Humanities Seminar, Univ. Nürnberg-Erlangen
Vom digitalen Quellenarchiv ECHO zum digitalen Scrapbook
Einstein teaches in Berlin