Leveraging the latest digital capabilities to take historical research to the next level is certainly the goal of the HistKI project. Multimodal resources such as photographs, illustrations, 3D models, but also texts and descriptions serve as research material for a variety of subject- and theory-related investigations in humanities. Today, photos are essential for the digital reconstruction of a building or help to identify the building aspects of a certain ear. However, linguistic sources described objects and buildings long before the invention of photography.
Critical Assessment of Sources
The starting point of many research scenarios from architecture, art history, and cultural studies is a critical assessment of the source supported by tools of the respective subjects, on which the further evaluations and analysis in the scientific context build. Related questions are: How do historians and other scholars find and evaluate multimodal sources? What are connected generic procedures and issues? How can steps and procedures be promoted with computational approaches? How do artificial intelligence techniques affect the humanities research process?