DH Day 2024

5 July 2024 - Creating knowledge

Humanities workflows between manual work and automation

The DH Day 2024 at the University of Münster on July 5 is dedicated to exploring innovative workflows in the humanities in the interplay between manual work and automation under the motto " Generating knowledge". In a time of increasing digitalization of work processes, researchers from the humanities are invited to discuss the challenges and potential of digital research methods. The interdisciplinary approach typical of the DH Day allows participants with different levels of knowledge to get to know basic concepts up to advanced technologies. Discussions will focus on effective strategies for integrating manual and automated processes in humanities research projects. For example, which work steps can be replaced or supplemented by Large Language Models (LLMs)? Where is manual groundwork or correction needed? By sharing best practices and presenting innovative approaches, we aim to create a space that bridges the gap between tradition and technology and thus drives the further development of humanities research.

The DH Day will again take place in JO101, Johannisstraße 4 (9:30 until approx. 5pm). After the welcoming speeches, there will be a hybrid keynote lecture by Christopher Pollin followed by a discussion. (see below) We will start with the welcome speeches and a hybrid keynote lecture followed by a discussion; there will also be our traditional poster slam and poster session. In the afternoon, we are also planning an open space for informal and spontaneous exchange.

We are looking forward to a summery DH Day 2024!

Please register here by 21 June 2024.






Christopher Pollin (University of Graz): "Create knowledge / Let knowledge be created?! Workflows with Generative AI in the Digital Humanities"

Keynote lecture (hybrid)


The rapid development of generative AI technologies represents a significant change for research practice not only in the Digital Humanities. This talk examines the use of GPT-4-Tier LLM (Gemini Advanced and Claude 3) as well as their possibilities and limitations in various research projects in the Digital Humanities. The focus is on workflows such as data acquisition, transcription, translation, data modelling, data generation or analysis as well as the visualization of humanities data. Selected case studies are used to illustrate the integration of generative AI into these processes, focusing on both the automation of standard tasks and the support of more complex, analytical and demanding activities such as data modeling. Do generative AI models, when used in accordance with human expertise and complementary systems, have the potential to increase the efficiency and depth of (digital) humanities research? The study also emphasizes the need to critically question the limitations and challenges, such as the dependence on large technology companies, when using generative AI in the Digital Humanities.


Christopher Pollin holds a Master's degree in History and a Joint Master's degree in Digital Heritage. He is currently a PhD student in Digital Humanities. Since 2016 he has been working in various positions at the Center for Information Modeling (ZIM) at the University of Graz. His work includes technical development and data modeling in various projects such as "STEFAN ZWEIG DIGITAL", "Open Access Database Adjective-Adverb Interfaces in Romance" or "Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative for Historical Accounts". His work focuses on semantic web technologies, digital editions, web programming and generative AI. In addition to his teaching activities in these areas, his dissertation project deals with the modeling and utilization of historical information. He is co-founder of Digital Humanities Craft and Prompt Engineer.


Presentations of the working groups of the DH circle at the University of Münster

  • 3D
  • GIS
  • Data Models
  • Programming
  • TEI
  • Text Analysis with LLMs
  • Text Recognition
  • Research Communication DH
11:45-12:45 Membership Meeting of the Center for Digital Humanities Münster
12:45-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Poster slam
14:30-15:30 Poster session
15:30-15:45 coffee and tea break

Open Space

open discussion format with thematic tables

16:45-17:00 Synopsis and Farewell