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Research focus
  • Digitalization of reading and writing and its cultural impact
  • Scholarly communication, particularly scientific presentations
  • XML-based information modeling and foundations of text technology
  • text technological standards and computational linguistics in the field of e-learning
  • Theory of text structure, text and document parsing
  • Grammar of the German language, dependency grammar theory
Current projects

GeoBib - a virtual atlas and online bibliography of early Holocaust literature "Early Holocaust and concentration camp literature in German and Polish language (1933 – 1949) – an annotated and geo-referenced online bibliography for the research on narratives of remembrance"

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A large amount of Holocaust and concentration camp literature in German and Polish language emerged already during the first years of National Socialism – even though it is mostly unknown by the public as well as commonly neglected by the scientific community. These very documents are the first to reflect the crimes of the Holocaust and concentration camps. Today, the majority of these important historical sources can only be obtained with great effort – if at all. Collecting and cataloging this scattered literature is one of the main objectives of the project “Early Holocaust and concentration camp literature in German and Polish language (1933 – 1945) – an annotated and geo-referenced online bibliography for the research on narratives of remembrance” (abbr. GeoBib). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with nearly one million Euros.

At the beginning of July 2012 the project has been launched at the Center for Media and Interactivity (ZMI) and the “Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur” (AHL) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) in cooperation with the Herder Institute Marburg (and it will be finished presumably on June 30th, 2015). The project is carried out by the ZMI, the Arbeitsstelle Holocaustliteratur, the Chair of Computational Linguistics, and the Department of Geography.

Project managers

Justus-Liebig University

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Erb

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Feuchert

Herder Institute for historical Eastern Europe Reseach

Prof. Dr. Peter Haslinger

You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page of ZMI.

Finished projects

News to use - newspaper and vocational training in Hessen: A survey on how reading of newspapers educates young people.


News to use - LogoThe project “newspaper and vocational training in Hesse – news to use” has been initiated by the association of Hessian newspaper publishers and has been led by the patronage of the Hessian minister-president Volker Bouffier in June 2012. Within the project the survey ought to examine the question if the integration of regular newspaper reading, monthly questions concerning knowledge as well as reading-and-writing exercises, could promote the linguistic competence of the trainees and increase their general knowledge. The project has been supervised media and educational wise by the agency PROMEDIA MAASEN and academic wise it has been accompanied by the ZMI. Nearly 40 newspapers and 130 companies were involved.


You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page of ZMI.

Interactive Science - Internal academic communication on digital media

Sub project II: Textuality, structure and reception


Interactive Science - LogoMany new technologies on information and communication, as for example the World Wide Web have been drafted and developed in the academic field of universities. Media as e-mail communication, web portals, digital presentations, newsletters, discussion forums, libraries and repositories but also specialized academic blogs and cooperative ways of text generation (‘wikis’) represent a common used medium for many scientists, today. This is how “new media” influence all areas and phases of the cognitive process- from the generation to the primary distribution, processing and publication to finally filing of academic knowledge.

Technical capabilities can shift to social reorganizations in Interactive Science, as states the working hypothesis of the project. Here, cooperative characteristics and those based on performance can show up clearly and reinforce each other. Three interlinked empiric surveys on multi-medial presentation, digitally given presentations and academic discussions in networking specialized communities, as well as a theoretical-conceptual sub-project on comprehensive development trends of ‘cyberscience’, which also deals with academic and historical aspects, shall critically check this hypothesis.

The focus of the alliance is the Center of Media and Interactivity (ZMI) which is in charge of coordinating tasks and has a lot of experience with publishing academic knowledge in public (thus supporting the alliance). These innovative ways of academic internal communication supports the cooperation with the partner institutions and represents the object of the survey itself.


You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page of ZMI.

Cultural techniques and its medialisation


Kulturtechniken LOEWE LogoCommunicative cultural techniques as reading and writing represent the basis of every complex society. The focus project “cultural techniques and its medialisation ”, which is promoted by the Research promotion program “LOEWE-Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz” of the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art, deals with the phenomenon that cultural techniques can be regarded as processes in change. This change might have an effect on “cultural products” and as a consequence social activities must be adapted permanently to them. The object is to investigate methodologically from the view of medialisation; here a linguistic, a cultural and a historical academic approach shall be combined with each other.


You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page of ZMI.

German Resources and Infrastructure “D-SPIN”


D-SPIN - LogoNowadays, we generally accept that methods and working steps in the academic field may be transformed a lot by networking and online-access to primary and secondary data as well as tools. Workshops, seminars and meetings no longer deal only with the question if the innovative speed of information technology will influence science but in the first place how we might face academic processes summarized by the term e-science.

D-SPIN is the German part within the European CLARIN-project (Common Language Resources and Technology infrastructure). The D-SPIN project offers the basics for a stable and sustainable infrastructure of language resources and language technologies. In the first place this infrastructure is supposed to serve the empiric research in the humanities and in social sciences.


You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page.

Generic document structures in linearly organized texts “SEMDOK” – within the DFG - research group Text Technological Information Modeling


SemDok - LogoThe corpus based investigation of characteristics of text structure and its representation in a text technological semantic formalism was the focus of the first promotion period.

In the second promotion period procedural aspects are on focus, so a discourse parser for linearly organized texts with complex document structures is developed. Besides traditional discourse markers, transition words and features with a morphological and syntactical structure, features with a logical document structure and a topical structure as well as a text type structure are to described and edited as abstract discourse markers by means of text technological methods.


You may find further information on the project, structure and persons involved on the project page.

Text technology (within the associated project Medienintensive Lehrmodule in der Computerlinguistik-Ausbildung (MiLCA)).


The associated project “Media-oriented Teaching Modules in Computational Linguistics’ Education” within the program “New Media in the Academic Education” was approved in August 2001 by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Homepage of the BMBF). The module Text Technology was edited in Giessen.

Web usability within the information and interaction offerd by academic libraries


The project provides empiric data in detail on user activities and user strategies, user problems, origins of problems while using websites on books by means of user studies. This is the reason why librarians and representatives of text technology and Computational Linguistics cooperate intensely. The project was sponsored by the German Research Association ((Homepage of the DFG)).

You may find further information on the project homepage.

Automatic Text Summarization


The project “Automatic Text Summarization”, which was approved by the support program (Förderfonds) of the Justus-Liebig University, was drafted as a combined teaching and research program which offered three students the possibility to develop concepts and methods concerning this topic. Finally, a prototypical parsing system was to be developed that should enable to summarize German texts.

You may find further information on the Homepage of this project DISPAIR (DIScourse-Marker-Based (Rhetorical) PArsing and SummarIzation of GeRman Texts).


You may find information on transfer projects on the web pages of the Center for Incorporate Text Technology (Zentrum für integrierte Texttechnologie).