Interfaces to Data for Historical Social Network Analysis and Research

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The analysis of relationships between agents is key to understanding and explaining social phenomena. A lack of knowledge about the availability of suitable data, but also of relevant analysis technologies are frequently factors restraining the study of past events. In the last decades, cultural heritage organisations have produced an abundance of machine-readable data: (bibliographic and archival) metadata, full text collections, and sets of authority records contain multitudes of implicit and explicit statements about social relations.

SoNAR (IDH), Interfaces to Data for Historical Social Network Analysis and Research, will examine and evaluate approaches to build and operate an advanced research technology environment supporting Historical Network Analysis and related research. Project partners from various fields – historiography, information visualization, artificial intelligence and computer sciences as well as information science – work on this topic from their respective perspective.


Fachhochschule Potsdam, Institut für Angewandte Forschung Urbane Zukunft, Professor Dr. Marian Dörk; Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf, Institut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin, Professor Dr. Heiner Fangerau; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät, Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft (IBI), Professorin Vivien Petras, Ph.D.; Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Forschungsbereich Sprachtechnologie, Dr. Georg Rehm; Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Generaldirektion, Barbara Schneider-Kempf.

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Dr. phil. Georg Rehm

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz