About the DHLab
The Digital Humanities Lab at the Institute of Library and Information Science of the University of Wrocław was established thanks to a Ministry of Science and Higher Education restructuring grant (number 6674/E-344/R/2017) provided in 2017. The director of the project, which involved renovating rooms, purchasing equipment and logistic operations associated with preparing software, was Prof. Bożena Koredczuk, Head of the Institute of Library and Information Science.
The Digital Humanities Lab is located in the building of the Institute of Library and Information Science at pl. Uniwersytecki 9/13. Its team is comprised of energetic and creative young academics and doctoral students from the Institute of Library and Information Science of the University of Wrocław.
DHLab is equipment
– Book scanner book2net Ultra II;
– Plustek OpticPro A320 scanner;
– Shadowless table used in digitizing large-format data;
– SMI REDn Professional 60Hz eye tracker;
– Computers used in current data processing;
– OCR stations.
The establishment of the Digital Humanities Lab was motivated by the rapid development of Digital Humanities throughout the world as well as in Poland. Its purpose is to digitize, process, and make accessible various kinds of data. To support this, a digital library, using the Omeka management system, was established. However, collecting, and digitizing texts or graphic materials is not the Digital Humanities Lab’s primary task. The data is employed in developing innovative solutions within information architecture, constructing user interfaces, analyzing the reception of graphic incentives or automatic text processing. The latter task is carried out in collaboration with CLARIN-PL – the leading language technology research center focusing on the Polish language processing. As well as undertaking research tasks, the Digital Humanities Lab has future plans to:
– digitize Silesian cultural heritage;
– digitize borderland heritage (with special focus on Lvov) associated with the development of scientific circles at the University of Wrocław and in Wrocław city;
– create a Lower Silesia voice repository, building an aural history of our region.