Academic Trails in Multimedia Spaces

Academic Trails in Multimedia Spaces

Institute(s): Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

External Partner: Freies Deutsches Hochstift

Financed with funds from the project-executing agency: Dec. 2014 – Feb. 2016 as pilot project

Project collaborators

Prof. Dr. Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken, Freies Deutsches Hochstift/Goethe University Frankfurt
Dr. Dietmar Pravida, Freies Deutsches Hochstift/Goethe University Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Alexander Mehler, Goethe University Frankfurt


The aim of the project is to develop an information system that allows highly structured partial corpora to be extracted from large archives of image-text media for semi-automatic analysis and reception in the humanities. This is done by researching and generating
1. a procedural ontology for guided tours or reception-sensitive trails through image-text spaces,
2. an explorative system for the semi-automatic generation of traverses of such spaces, and finally
3. a system which, based on an existing image-text archive, determines reception habits and feeds them back to the generation of guided tours & trails in a self-learning way.

Potential users of the planned system are in particular art historians, historians, media scientists and philologists at the interface of text and image media. In addition, the system is aimed at applications in museums and image archives.

Within the framework of the pilot project, the basic prerequisites for this are to be created and the next steps prepared.

Relevant publications

  • Abrami, Giuseppe; Mehler, Alexander und Pravida, Dietmar: Fusing Text and Image Data with the Help of the OWLnotator. In: Proceedings of the HCI International Conference, 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • Abrami, Giuseppe; Freiberg, Michael und Warner, Paul: Managing and Annotating Historical Multimodal Corpora with the eHumanities Desktop – An outline of the current state of the LOEWE project Illustrations of Goethe s Faust. In: Historical Corpora, pp. 353 – 363, 2015.
  • Gleim, Rüdiger; Warner, Paul und Mehler, Alexander: eHumanities Desktop – An Architecture for Flexible Annotation in Iconographic Research. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST ’10), April 7-10, 2010, Valencia, 2010.
  • Bohnenkamp-Renken, Anne; Richter, Elke, eds. (2013): Brief-Edition im digitalen Zeitalter. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter.
  • Bohnenkamp-Renken, Anne, ed. (2013): Medienwandel – Medienwechsel in der Editionswissenschaft. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter.