Digital Humanities & Research Data

The use of digital methods, resources and tools is now widespread in the humanities, and skills in handling research data have become an important factor for research and teaching. In addition to the (further) development and establishment of methods and standards, sustainable infrastructures and services are a prerequisite for the success of the digital transformation of the humanities. With its service for the digitally working humanities, Kiel University Library supports research, teaching and transdisciplinary approaches in the digital humanities.

Research Data Management

Being part of CAU's Research Data Management Services, we provide consulting and support in the following topics:

  • Good scientific practice in data management and compliance with requirements of research funders.
  • Support in drafting data management plans
  • Data management and data workflows in projects
  • Finding suitable repositories for the publication and long-term archiving of research data in the humanities

Digital Humanities Projects

In addition to our research data management services, our DH service offers assistance and support in the planning and implementation of projects in the humanities with digital components. This applies in particular to:

  • Finding technical solutions as well as suitable data formats and standards.
  • Data conversion and metadata management
  • Application and creation of authority files
  • Digital scholarly editions (technologies, working with TEI)
  • Digitization: indexing and retro-digitization of historical texts and images including automatic full text recognition (Optical Character Recognition and Handwritten Text Recognition)
  • Knowledge Engineering and Linked Data 

Trainings and Workshops

As a DH service team, we offer various forms of training in cooperation with partners on campus and external experts:

  • Trainings on research data management in the humanities
  • Workshops on DH research software
  • Workshops on DH research infrastructures

A course overview can be found here.

Teaching support

We will be happy to discuss possibilities for integrating research data management and digital humanities topics into your teaching. This is completed by the development of open educational resources and a collection of good practice examples.


We promote scientific exchange on the topic of Digital Humanities and research data management and offer support for networking between individual projects and working groups - on campus and beyond. For this purpose, we have set up a mailing list. To subscribe to it, please contact Felix Poschinger.