15. Sep 2021 - 16. Sep 2021 | Faculty of Philosophy

Digital Material. Digitized collections in cultural heritage institutions. Conference on the curating and analyzing of digitized collections using the example of Jan Tschicholds Estate.

Leipzig and online
Deutschen Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek
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International symposium to conclude the digitisation project financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) around the internationally most renowned typographer and book designer Jan Tschichold. The two-day conference, organised by the German Book and Type Museum of the German National Library, will take place on site and virtually.

Under the title "Digital Material. Digitized collections in cultural heritage institutions", the conference will be dedicated to the analysis and visualisation of digital collections and questions of curating digital objects using the example of the working estate of Jan Tschichold. The conference will take place hybrid at the German National Library in Leipzig and parallel as a stream on the internet. Registration for the stream is free of charge.

On the first day of the conference, the international institutions where parts of Jan Tschichold's material heritage are kept will meet for the first time and look together at Tschichold's life's work.

The second day, 16 September 2021, will bring together experts in the digital humanities (DH, humanities and social sciences) from Europe and the USA. They will seek answers to pressing questions about the digitisation of cultural heritage: How does the transformation of materiality into the digital succeed? What opportunities do DH tools offer to visualise, curate and analyse digitised collections? What possibilities does machine learning open up for image-based collections?

Information on the joint research project of the University of Erfurt and the German National Library can be found in our research project database.