Historical Social Research (HSR), Supplement 29

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Janssen, Philip Jost

Historical Social Research Supplement 29 (2017)

Manfred Thaller: From History to Applied Computer Science in the Humanities

Mainly as part of the methodological opening of traditional historical research in the seventies, computer applications within historical studies appeared in the seventies as a new interdisciplinary direction. While originally there was a clear – and almost exclusive – focus on quantitative analysis, supported particularly energetically by the QUANTUM group at Cologne, there soon developed a broader field, embracing information technology in its hole width, beyond its usefulness as a tool for quantitative analysis. Manfred Thaller was part of that development for twenty years at the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen, where he worked on IT tools and methods targeted directly at historical studies, before he was appointed to the first professorship for computer applications in the Humanities in Germany created outside of linguistics, at the University at Cologne.

This volume starts with an autobiographical essay describing his experience of this development of an interdisciplinary area, which left him with rather mixed memories: behind a sparkling front story of an enfolding field, he frequently had the feeling, that there was a tendency to ignore the huge epistemic potential of a serious attempt to apply computer science to the field of history in favor of glamorous but shallow short term goals. This volume presents thirteen independent papers, describing a number of the requirements for a more intensive form of interdisciplinary work between Computer Science and the Humanities. Besides general methodological considerations, they focus on the particularities of text and time as occurring in historical sources, trying to connect these various threads into a general model for the representation of historical information in information technology.

Manfred Thaller is professor emeritus for Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung (applied computer science in the Humanities) at the University at Cologne.



Manfred Thaller
Between the Chairs. An Interdisciplinary Career.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.7–109

Manfred Thaller
Automation on Parnassus. CLIO – A Databank Oriented System for Historians [1980].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.113–137

Manfred Thaller
Ungefähre Exaktheit. Theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Möglichkeiten einer Formulierung historischer Quellen als Produkte ,unscharfer’ Systeme [1984].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.138–159

Manfred Thaller
Vorüberlegungen für einen internationalen Workshop über die Schaffung, Verbindung und Nutzung großer interdisziplinärer Quellenbanken in den historischen Wissenschaften [1986].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.160–177

Manfred Thaller
Entzauberungen: Die Entwicklung einer fachspezifischen historischen Datenverarbeitung in der Bundesrepublik [1990].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.178–192

Manfred Thaller
The Need for a Theory of Historical Computing [1991].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.193–202

Manfred Thaller
The Need for Standards: Data Modelling and Exchange [1991].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.203–220

Manfred Thaller
Von der Mißverständlichkeit des Selbstverständlichen. Beobachtungen zur Diskussion über die Nützlichkeit formaler Verfahren in der Geschichtswissenschaft [1992].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.221–242

Manfred Thaller
The Archive on Top of your Desk. An Introduction to Self-Documenting Image Files [1993].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.243–259

Manfred Thaller
Historical Information Science: Is there such a Thing? New Comments on an old Idea [1993].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.260–286

Manfred Thaller
Source Oriented Data Processing and Quantification: Distrustful Brothers [1995]
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.287–306

Manfred Thaller
From the Digitized to the Digital Library [2001].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.307–319

Manfred Thaller
Reproduktion, Erschließung, Edition, Interpretation: Ihre Beziehungen in einer digitalen Welt [2005].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.320–343

Manfred Thaller
The Cologne Information Model: Representing Information Persistently [2009].
doi: 10.12759/hsr.suppl.29.2017.344–356

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