Florian Kräutli

IT Researcher, Research Technology Officer (Since 2016)


My research revolves around digital tools for knowledge production in the humanities. I specialize in data visualization and computational research methods in the qualitative sciences. At the Institute I am responsible for the digital research activities—this includes coordinating and implementing the digital aspects of research projects. I work with all departments, research groups, and the library on digital methods for conducting research and on solutions for maintaining and disseminating digital research outputs.

Before joining the MPIWG, I worked as a digital designer and researcher. I completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art together with System Simulation, a London-based software engineering company specialized in database applications for the heritage sector. In my research I investigated how visualization facilitates knowledge discovery and enables new insights in digitized collections. This led to collaborations with a wide range of institutions across the cultural and digital landscape, such as Microsoft Research, the Courtauld Institute, and the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Outside the cultural sector, I have worked as a web developer on projects in the areas of e-learning and data analytics. I am experienced as a lecturer and have regularly taught workshops on software development, design, and data visualization. Prior to this I completed an MSc in Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, focusing on philosophy of perception and artificial intelligence, and trained as a product designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven.


Digital Research Infrastructure


Modeling Data and Analyzing Diffusion Using Early Modern Cosmological Treatises


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Selected Publications

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Kräutli, F., & Valleriani, M. (2017). CorpusTracer: a CIDOC database for tracing knowledge networks. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 33(2), 336-346. doi:10.1093/llc/fqx047.

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Boyd Davis, S., & Kräutli, F. (2015). The idea and image of historical time: Interactions between design and digital humanities. Visible Language, 49(3), 101-119.

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Kräutli, F. (2016). Visualising cultural data. Thesis, Royal College of Art, London.

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