Web Application Developer

Backend Software Developer

You will work as part of a small, creative team of people with a mixture of technical and humanities backgrounds. We encourage experimenting with new ideas, we offer a friendly working environment, and we have a sense of humor.

Please send your application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) in a single PDF file to vera.chiquet@unibas.ch.

Oxford 15-18 July 2019

The WordWeb / Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period was part of the conference highlighting digital explorations of early modern drama, returned to the University of Oxford on 15-18 July 2019. The conference was co-sponsored by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Conference report by Regula Hohl Trillini:

Digitizing the Stage, where I had the privilege of presenting a paper on the WordWeb/IDEMproject, was the best conference experience of my life so far – with apologies to other excellent conferences I have been to! Apart from the atmospheric surroundings of the Bodleian and Weston libraries and Lincoln College Gardens, where the Speaker’s Reception provided champagne and canapés on a sun-dappled lawn in the best English tradition, the research that was presented was mostly of the highest order. The single-stream format with powerpoints uploaded in advance and available to speakers enhanced the thematic coherence and made for truly relevant exchanges in a research community.

The conference was run (for the second time after 2017) by a transatlantic team from the Bodleian (Oxford) and Folger (Washington) libraries, and was about digital projects connected to early modern drama. Several projects had a strong archival bent, presenting digitalization projects such as the Bodleian outreach, the Rose Theatre Archive, a database of 18th-century opera performances on the island of St. Domingue or the fascinating Material Evidence in Incunabula (by Prof. Cristina Dondi, who came to Oxford as an Erasmus student from Milan and never looked back). Others documented performance history and archeology and suggested uses of recorded and live performance in teaching.

A third group presented distant readings enabled by full text databases such as Early English Books Online. These include investigations of paratexts or frequent words in the speech of illegitimately born characters (who tend to obsess about identity and parentage) and my own “Look thee, I speak play scraps”, which introduced a very gracious and interested audience to our collection of shared phrases and motifs in Renaissance. Audience questions and subsequent conversations have really furthered my research. They made my project even more interesting to myself than it was before and alerted me to new aspects, sources and sites that I continue to follow up. Useful standard editions, "user experience" and the need to strive for simplicity and publication before unattainable perfection in a digital product were the main lessons learnt. Our basic concept met with considerable excitement from many listeners.

I also talked to several attendees from Switzerland, including Devani Singh from Geneva and Isabel Karremann (Allen Reddick's successor in Zurich), and am especially looking forward to a closer collaboration with Beatrice Montedoro. After studying in Geneva, Beatrice is currently finishing her Oxford PhD and built (with Laura Estill from Nova Scotia) the database Digital Extracts – a sister database to WordWeb, which collects extracts from plays in 17th-century manuscript collections.

In addition to these very specific stimuli, an excellent introductory workshop on digital project management and the general framework of the conference provided a host of more general insights, including the concept of "agile management", which we heard about in a recent Research Colloquium. My favourites were "Deliver early and often" and "Fail early and often", which inspired our landing page (soon to be launched at www.wordweb.unibas.ch).

Université de Lausanne 3-4 June 2019

The workshop was held to explore possible interactions between digital texts, the graphdata-model, scholarly editionsand the semantic web. Invited speakers from the DaSCH Team: Tobias Schweizer, Sepideh Alassi (University of Basel – Digital Humanities Lab). more

Digital texts processed by machines are linear strings of characters, but in most research activities in the Humanities (philology, linguistics, corpus-based analysis, cultural heritage, etc.) we store them in databasesand we add markupto the text, that is a kind of intelligence made computable thanks to the use of widespread data-models, formats and standards.

In the last decades, the popularity of graphdata-models has increased, in accordance with the semantic webproposition and the development of standards such as RDF and OWL. Graph databases, in the form of triple stores (such as Graph-DB) or of labeled-property-graphs (Neo4j), are regarded as powerful and flexible solutions by research and cultural institutions, and private companies alike.

Digitization Preservation and Access, Lisbon 14-17 May 2019


An international community of technical experts, managers, practitioners, and academics from cultural heritage institutions, universities, and commercial enterprises, explored and discussed the digitization, preservation and access of 2D, 3D, and AV materials. Our experts on-site were:

Access: Integration of Linked Open [usable] Data (LOD/LOUD), Open Source Solutions, and APIs
Digitizing, Archiving...and then? Ideas about the Usability of a Digital Archive, André Kilchenmann, Data and Service Center for the Humanities DaSCH (Switzerland).

Preservation/Archiving: Archival Models and Workflows
Preservation of Evolving Complex Information Objects, Ivan Subotic, University of Basel (Switzerland).

Access: Formats for Preservation and Access
Standardized Reflection Transformation Imaging (RTI) for Documentation and Research, Peter Fornaro, University of Basel, TRUVIS AG (Switzerland).


The Photo Archive of the Swiss Society for Folklore Studies - A Place for Research, Encounters and Affect


Founded in 1896, from the 1930s onwards the Swiss Society for Folklore (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, SGV) began collecting photographs and regarding them as source material for research work. This article presents eight of the thirty SGV photograph collections and explores the heterogeneous contexts of their origins. Produced between 1860 and 1980, the pictures were taken by both professional and amateur photographers. Since they come from so many different sources and are equally diverse as regards presentation, they provide new and varied perspectives for researching everyday life in Switzerland and other countries. Around half of the SGV photograph collections were reappraised as part of a photo project initiated in 2014 and since fall 2018 have been available for public viewing on the website https://archiv.sgv-sstp.ch.
Check out the Rundbrief Fotografie Vol.26 (2019), No. 1 article and learn about how multi-faceted a digitization project can be.

How to Facilitate the Cooperation between Humanities Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions. Many thanks to all 20 authors (DARIAH blog).
Researchers and Cultural Heritage Institutions – collaborate! Read book

Elaborating Networks for WordWeb/IDEM, Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period – A new way of representing Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period. We had a wonderful Presentation @DHX2019 (More informations about the Event).


please sent your comments on this paper to ulrike.wuttke@gmx.net

1.Welche Rollen spielen disziplinäre Grenzen und disziplinspezifische Fragestellungen für die Etablierung einer Forschungsdatenkultur und ihre Organisationsform in den Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften?
2.Welche Auswirkungen hat die jeweilige Organisationsform des Datenmanagements auf multimediale, interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekte?
3.Welche besonderen Herausforderungen und Bedarfe stellen sich hier?
4.Wie können wir sicherstellen, dass auch kleinere Fachdisziplinen beteiligt und ihre Bedarfe adressiert werden?
5.Wie erreichen wir, dass wir uns nicht zu weit vom Forschungsalltag der WissenschaftlerInnen entfernen?
6.Wo sind spezifische Angebote notwendig, wo reichen generische Dienste?
7.Was können wir von anderen Disziplinen lernen, in denen sich schon eine gemeinsame Forschungsdatenkultur etabliert hat?




"WordWeb / Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period – A new way of representing Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period"

Putting "old" projects like hyperhamlet on the next level. Thanks to the SNSF support - many of the approved submissions from the "Digital Lives" Call are partners of the DaSCH.

Long-term archiving or long-term access is a major topic after the digital turn in the humanities, as many funding agencies such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the European Commission (for Horizon 2020 and ERC grant applications) are now requiring that a data management plan be in place in order to receive research funding.
This new imperative raises many questions in the scientific community. This event is designed to clarify expectations and contributions in the field of data management.


References of our growing Tour de Suisse regarding data management plans #DMP and #ComplexData: Here you can find the #DaSCH presentation at GESS, ETH Zurich from 13.09.2018. If you are looking for other specific documents, please contact vera.chiquet@unibas.ch.

On the 11th of September 2018, the Workshop "From DMP to Data-Sharing for Humanities and Social Sciences" took place. The presentations are now online. Please find them here.

In collaboration with GRACE (Graduate Center for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs) the DaSCH will be hosting this Workshop at the Univeristy of Basel (September 11, 2018) with the following experts: Lionel Perini (SNSF), Silke Bellanger (UNIBAS Library), Brian Kleiner & Alexandra Stam (FORS), Lukas Rosenthaler & Vera Chiquet (DaSCH).


We did not swore the oath of confederation as the three cantons but are happy to celebrate our cooperation with Amt für Kultur Baselland und Museumsverbund Baselland -> making #digitization #smarter #together




The value of open source #BernoulliEulerOnline "...not only solve the problem for ourselves, but for others as well" (T. Schweizer in medium.com).



Ein Kunstwerk viele Aufnahmen. Eine festinstallierte Kamera oben in einer Kuppel macht rund 50 hochaufgelöste Aufnahmen eines Objekts. Über das Universität Basel Spin-off "Truvis" in: horizonte SNF Wissenschaftsmagazin, 5. Juni 2018.

Presenting BEOL for the Theme of the DH2018 "Bridges/Puentes", hosted by the Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD), La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and El Colegio de México (Colmex), 26-29 June 2018. https://dh2018.adho.org/.

Sepideh Alassi about "A Digital Edition of Leonhard Euler’s
Correspondence with Christian Goldbach" (Invited Speaker)
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Facilitating Cooperation Between Humanities Researchers And Heritage Institutions at the Digital Humanities Centre, Institute for Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 19-20 June 2018.

DaSCH was invited to participate (Travel Bursery)
Publication of a short hands-on online guidebook will follow on the 8th November 2018... stay tuned!
DARIAH_Theme_Warsaw_2018_info Screenshot-2018-07-04-09.19.23

Forschungsinfrastrukturen für die Geisteswissenschaften? Die Folgen des "digital turns" in der geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung.

Research infrastructures for the humanities? The consequences of the "digital turn" in humanities.

Screenshot-2018-05-24-08.58.00 Dienstag 18:15 Uhr, 20. März 2018, Aula des Naturhistorischen Museums Basel.
Link zum neuen / new Video

After a successful Conference at the National Archives in Washington DC with Program Chair Lukas Rosenthaler, we are looking forward to the upcoming Venue in Europe, with Lukas Rosenthaler as General Chair.

Gelebte Interdisziplinarität! Wie sich Museen und Archive durch Forschung und Digitalisierung mit der Universität und dem Digital Humanities Lab/DaSCH verbinden.
Link zum Artikel


vom Verband Dhd. Geisteswissenschaftliche Datenzentren im deutschsprachigen Raum (Januar, 2018). Details

The new website of the photo archive of the SGV is online! More than 95,000 photographs from 20 collections...

Visit site here!

April 17-20, 2018
National Archives, Washington, DC
Programm Chair: Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler (DaSCH, DHLab Switzerland)

Digitization and Archiving 2018: Digitization, Preservation, and Access brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to explore and discuss the field of digitization of cultural heritage and archiving. The conference presents the latest research results on digitization and curation, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field. Archiving 2018 is a blend of short courses, invited focal papers, keynote talks, and peer-reviewed oral and interactive display presentations, offering attendees a unique opportunity for gaining and exchanging knowledge and building networks among professionals.

Get more information here

Alle Publikationen aus SNF-finanzierten Projekten sollen ab 2020 kostenlos und digital verfügbar sein. Dies hat der Nationale Forschungsrat beschlossen.
"Mit öffentlichen Geldern finanzierte Forschungsresultate sind ein öffentliches Gut", sagt Matthias Egger, der Präsident des Nationalen Forschungsrats. Der freie Zugang oder Open Access (OA) wird in der Wissenschaft zum Standard. Bisher erfüllen weniger als 50% der aus SNF-Förderung hervorgehenden Publikationen diese Bedingung. Ab 2020 sollen nun 100% der Publikationen kostenlos und digital verfügbar sein.

"Von Open Access profitieren die Forscherinnen und Forscher selber am meisten: Ihre Resultate werden besser beachtet. Und sie greifen uneingeschränkt auf die Publikationen ihrer Kolleginnen und Kollegen zu. Das bringt die Wissenschaft voran", sagt Matthias Egger. Ausserdem fliessen wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse rascher in Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft ein.

Die Forscherinnen und Forscher können ihre Resultate in OA-Zeitschriften und OA-Büchern veröffentlichen. Dies ist der goldene Weg. Oder sie legen die Publikationen in öffentlichen Datenbanken ab, zum Beispiel in einer Datenbank der Universität. Dies ist der grüne Weg.

Der SNF hat schon bisher die Kosten für die Veröffentlichung in OA-Zeitschriften übernommen. Ab April 2018 bezahlt er auch die Kosten für OA-Bücher und ab Oktober 2018 für OA-Buchkapitel. Zudem vereinfacht er die Abwicklung dieser Publikationsbeiträge. Damit macht er es den Forscherinnen und Forschern leicht, die Bedingung zu erfüllen.

Die neue Open-Access-Politik des SNF fügt sich ein in die nationale Strategie der Hochschulen der Schweiz. Sie haben im Januar 2017 beschlossen, dass alle mit öffentlichen Geldern finanzierten Publikationen ab 2024 frei zugänglich sein sollen. Quelle: http://www.snf.ch/de/fokusForschung/newsroom/Seiten/news-171213-snf-forschung-wird-100-prozent-open-access.aspx

Das Data and Service Center for the Humanities hilft Forschenden bei der Suche oder Generierung von geeigneten Datenbanken.

The DaSCH has been presented at the "Digital Humanities 2017" conference in Montreal and has received great attention and feedback!

See presentation here

DaSCH now supports an accepted, widely used standard for persistent identifiers. It uses the ARK framework. The prefix 72163 has been assigned to the DaSCH. A persistent identifier looks like this:


As a peculiarity ARK allows modifiers to select specific versions of a resource. We use the creation date of the persistent link as timestamp modifier. All data already hosted by DaSCH will receive a persistent identifier in the coming weeks.

The DaSCH is now registered as repository for research data at re3data.org

See DaSCH@re3data.org.

From Oct. 1st the SNF requires that all research projects applying for a grant (basic research) must submit a data management plan.
See SNF open research data and Data Management Plan (DMP) - Guidelines for researchers.

The DaSCH may help You in setting up such a data management plan for Your project and help You also during the implementation.
Please contact the DaSCH for questions or for applying.