Klaus Thoden

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2020-Dec 2021)


Klaus Thoden is a Visiting Consultant at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He received his Magister Artium (MA) in German language and linguistics from the Humboldt University, Berlin in 2008.

Klaus is the technical coordinator of Edition Open Access, a publishing platform for open access publications. During a two-year-project (2018-2019), he headed a small team that fundamentally remodeled the whole publication infrastructure (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, grant number 16OA061).

At the MPIWG, he has also been involved in developing an infrastructure for digitizing sources for the ECHO environment and between 2012 and 2017 was involved in national and international infrastructure projects (DM2E, TextGrid, DARIAH-DE). The focus of his research is the influence of computers and the internet on the way scholars perform their work. This includes usability studies, modeling research activities (e.g., TaDiRAH, Scholarly Domain Model), impact studies (e.g., Impactomatrix), and most recently, research on the publication process in the humanities.

Klaus is committed to open science and open-source software. Code he has authored or co-authored can be found at molgen github, gwdg gitlab, and microsoft github.


Cooperation and Outreach


Open Access to Publications, Sources, and Research Data


Opening up Data for Re-use: Semantic Modeling and Sustainability


Research Websites as Research Data


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Selected Publications

Thoden, Klaus, Juliane Stiller, Natasa Bulatovic, Hanna-Lena Meiners, and Nadia Boukhelifa (2017). “User-Centered Design Practices in Digital Humanities: Experiences from DARIAH and CENDARI.” ABI Technik 37 (1): 2–11.

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Bulatovic, Natasa, Timo Gnadt, Matteo Romanello, Juliane Stiller, and Klaus Thoden (2016). “Usability in Digital Humanities - Evaluating user interfaces, infrastructural components and the use of mobile devices during research process.” In Research and advanced technology for digital libraries, ed. N. Fuhr, L. Kovács, T. Risse, and W. Nejdl, 335–346. Cham: Springer.

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Schmidle, Wolfgang, Martina Siebert, Martin Hofmann, Klaus Thoden, and Malcolm D. Hyman (2009). “Data entry specs for Chinese text : version 2.0.1 (22nd June 2009).” MPIWG Pythia. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

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Past Events

Digital Humanities Workshop

Edition Open Access

Digital Humanities Workshop

Re-thinking Publications in Edition Open Access


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Die Impactomatrix: Ein Katalog für Impactfaktoren und Erfolgskriterien für digitale Infrastrukturen in den Geisteswissenschaften (talk with Timo Gnadt & Hanna Meiners (SUB Göttingen), Juliane Stiller (HU Berlin), Dirk Wintergrün (MPIWG))

DHd 2017 – Digitale Nachhaltigkeit, Bern

Usability in Digital Humanities - Evaluating User Interfaces, Infrastructural Components and use of Mobile Devices during Research Process (talk with Natasa Bulatovic (MPDL), Timo Gnadt (SUB Göttingen), Matteo Romanello (DAI), Juliane Stiller (HU Berlin))

TPDL 2016 – Overcoming the Limits of Digital Archives, Hannover
Scelte di programmazione per saggi scientifici in rete (talk with Pierluigi Terenzi (Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze))

Incontro di studi e digital humanities, Firenze

Modelling the Scholarly Domain beyond Infrastructure (talk with Stefan Gradmann (KU Leuven), Kristin Dill (ÖNB), Juliane Stiller, Steffen Hennicke & Gerold Tschumpel (HU Berlin), Christian Morbidoni (Semedia), Alois Pichler (Universitetet i Bergen))

DHd 2016 – Modellierung Vernetzung Visualisierung, Leipzig
Usability in den Digital Humanities am Beispiel des Laudatio-Repositoriums (talk with Juliane Stiller & Dennis Zielke (HU Berlin))

DHd 2016 – Modellierung Vernetzung Visualisierung, Leipzig
Introduction and Presentation of SDM (talk with Gerold Tschumpel (HU Berlin))

DARIAH Workshop on Intelligent Annotations, Köln
Reasoning with Reasoning: Practices of Digital Humanists (talk with Kristin Dill (ÖNB), Steffen Hennicke & Gerold Tschumpel (HU Berlin), Christian Morbidoni (Semedia), Alois Pichler (Universitetet i Bergen))

Semantic technologies for research in the humanities and social sciences (STRiX), Göteborg
Online-Referenzwerke in wissenschaftshistorischen Texterschließungsprojekten

6. Arbeitstreffen – Netzwerk Internetlexikografie: Fragen der Darstellung und Gestaltung von Internetwörterbüchern
The Missing Links: Defining the Mamluk Empire as a Node, and What the Network Knows about It (talk with Kilian Schmidtner (SBB))

Everything is on the Move: The “Mamluk Empire” as a Node in (Trans-)Regional Networks, Department of Islamic Studies, Annemarie-Schimmel-Kolleg, University of Bonn
Preparing a Critical Edition of an Incunabula with TEI (workshop with Guenther Goerz (Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremburg) and Josef Schneeberger (Hochschule Deggendorf))

Philology in the Digital Age: 2011 Annual Conference and Members' Meeting of the TEI Consortium, Würzburg
EOA – Edition Open Access. Open-Access-Initiative und Publikationsplattform

107. Deutscher Bibliothekartag in Berlin 2018
Open Access Initiatives at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (with Esther Chen)

"Our Shared Open Future: Building from Tradition", 21st Fiesole Retreat, Florence, Italy
Modeling scholarly publications for sustainable workflows

23rd edition of the International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub) 2019