The impresso project draws on the expertise and talent of three leading institutions in digital humanities, computational linguistics and digital history from Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Digital Humanities Laboratory, EPFL. — Founded in 2012, the Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLAB) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne develops computational approaches applied to humanities. Research at the DHLAB is highly interdisciplinary and explores a variety of fields including linguistics, literature, history, art history and architecture, with the support of methods from computer science, computer vision, NLP, geographic information processing, photogrammetry and web development. The DHLAB develops methods and software for the transcription and annotation of historical documents, the extraction of information from historical texts and the reconstruction and visualisation of geographical spaces in 2 and 3D.

Role: The DHLAB is responsible for overall management (WP1), system design and data management (WP2), named entity processing (WP3.4) and annotation and benchmarking (WP4), and will contribute to other work packages in close collaboration with all partners.

Participants: Frédéric Kaplan (PI), Maud Ehrmann, Matteo Romanello (from 01/2018 on).

Institute of Computational Linguistics, UZH. — For the last 20 years, the Institute of Computational Linguistics has been the leading language technology department in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In addition to engineering-oriented research in machine translation, biomedical/political text mining and sentiment analysis, the institute has extensive expertise in language technology for building, annotating and exploiting heritage corpora.

Role: ICL is responsible for natural language processing and text mining (WP3) and will also contribute to other work packages.

Participants: Martin Volk (co-PI), Simon Clematide, Phillip Ströbel.

Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History, Luxembourg University. — Founded in 2016, the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History is dedicated to the study of digital history, contemporary Luxembourgish history and modern European history. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of contemporary history with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research and teaching. The centre strives to act as an international hub for reflection on the methodological and epistemological challenges of doing history in the digital age. It particularly focuses on the use and development of digital methods and tools for innovative historical research, and serves as a catalyst for creative scholarship and hands-on approaches to new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history in Luxembourg. Members of the centre have diverse backgrounds in historical disciplines, social sciences, information science, design and application development. The centre’s staff have extensive experience in user-centred design, co-design and the development of interfaces and visualisations with humanities scholars and social scientists.

Role: The C2DH is responsible for visualisation (WP5), digital history methodology and investigations (WP6) and dissemination and exploitation (WP7).

Participants: Andreas Fickers (co-PI), Marten Düring, Estelle Bunout, Daniele Guido, Lars Wieneke.