The Brussels Platform for Digital Humanities (DIGI) is an interdisciplinary research platform aiming to support digitally-enabled research across the Arts and Humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As such, DIGI engages in the field of 'Digital Humanities' at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, ranging from archaeology and philosophy to linguistics and history. It develops DH collaboration and supports research projects and infrastructure projects across the faculties.
DIGI brings together and offers guidance to researchers affiliated to the Centre for Linguistics (CLIN) and the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC), who use digital techniques for corpus linguistics; to the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF), where digital tools are used for the study of intellectual history; and to the members of HOST (Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes), who use linked data, GIS, social network analysis, and text mining in the field of social and economic history.
These research groups have established productive ties with research groups outside of the humanities. At the AI-Lab, novel microservices are currently being developed to delve deeper into the content analysis of text corpora with regards to both ‘distant’ and ‘close’ reading, and new techniques are developed for the application of agent-based modeling in linguistics.
What can DIGI do for me?
Founded in 2018, the DIGI platform offers advice and guidance throughout the research project lifecycle where digital tools, methods or collections are used. It offers support throughout the whole project lifecycle, including funding applications. Moreover, DIGI allows researchers that conduct digitally-enabled research to benefit from the expertise present in the DARIAH-BE network in Flanders.
Finally, DIGI will develop specific tools and applications for research in the Digital Humanities. In doing so, it further strengthens the strong track record of the VUB in delivering high-quality research in the humanities.