Dirk Wintergrün

Research Scholar (Since 2000)

Dipl. Phys.

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.


Anthropocene and Digital Technologies


Cooperation and Outreach


Modeling Data and Analyzing Diffusion Using Early Modern Cosmological Treatises


Networks, Network Science, and Knowledge Graphs


Quadrupels as Central Concepts for Encoding Context and Data


Research Websites as Research Data


The Formation of the Research Field of General Relativity—Social Networks and Semantic Modeling


The Role of Institutions and Commissions in Forming Research Agendas: Networks and Mass-Digitization


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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…

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

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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.

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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)…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Preconditions and Tools for Digital Publications in the Humanities

Villa Vigoni, DARIAH - Summer school

methodische und technische Herausforderung durch „Big Data“ in den Geschichtswissenschaften

DHd – Konferenz, Graz

Expectation on Electronic Editions and Summary of the Workshop

Workshop der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen zu Elektronischen Editionen

Mapping interdisciplinarity and the expansion of scientific organization - a project in the making

HSS Conference, Chicago

Von E4D mit GeoTemCo zum
 DARIAH-Geobrowser und PlATiN - ein Arbeitsbericht -

Berliner Gespräche zur Digitalen Kunstgeschichte

From exhibition support to the virtual exhibition : a workshop report

Oklahoma University, Library, September 2013

IT Developments at the MPIWG and DARIAH

Digital History and Philosophy of Science Meeting, Indiana University, September 203

Digital Humanities at the MPIWG

Villa Vigoni, June 12th, 2013

Podiumsdiskussion:Ein DH-Kompetenzzentrum in Berlin? Ein Gespräch zum Wie und Wozu.

Digital Humanities - Kompetenzzentren in Deutschland, Berlin, June 28th, Berlin

Round Table: Teaching and New Media

Junges Wissenschaftsforum Dahlem, June 20th, 2013

How to do simple things simple- Creating networks

HPS Consortium, Cambridge, UK, September, 2012

Towards an infrastructure for Digital Humanities at the MPIWG

HPS Consortium, Cambridge, UK, September, 2012

From TextGrid and ECHO to the electronic scrapbook - new ways of collaborative publications in the humanities

L’image-document face au numérique : mise en crise ou mise en lumière ?, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris

Event-Based Concept Models

HPS Informatics Workshop, MBL, Woods Hole
ISMI - Challenges and Genesis of a Digital Project: a Field Report

First International DARE Conference, Cologne
Vom digitalen Quellenarchiv ECHO zum digitalen Scrapbook

Digital Humanities Seminar, Univ. Nürnberg-Erlangen

Einstein teaches in Berlin



Digital Humanities Workshop

Network Analysis Overview