“Reinventing Humanities Publication Project” receives €1.1 million grant from the Saxon Ministry of Science and European Social Fund

Announcement posted by Greta Franzini (not authored) The Saxon Ministry of Culture has awarded the University of Leipzig a €1.1 million grant, with support from the European Social Fund and from the State of Saxony, to form an early career research group to help develop new methods of publication, predicated upon open data and open access, for the Humanities in general and for students of historical languages such as Greek and Latin. This grant provides a first step towards reestablishing Leipzig as an international center for humanities publication, especially in technologically challenging areas such as ancient languages and music – and doing so in a framework that is born-digital from the start and that assumes the constraints and possibilities of an open, digital environment. An English version of the press release from the State of Saxony follows (http://www.medienservice.sachsen.de/medien/news/184003): Early Career Research Group starts at the University of Leipzig On May 1, 2013, an early career research group, “the reinvention of humanities publishing in a digital age,” began work at the University of Leipzig. Under the leadership of Humboldt Professor Gregory Crane, the team of early-career researchers will draw on emerging technologies such as Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, and Digital Libraries to help reinvent publication in the Humanities. “The goal is the creation of a comprehensive, openly accessible collection of data for Greek and Latin. In this era of digital publication and with this new collection as a foundation, Leipzig has a chance to reestablish its traditional role as a center for the publication of historical sources in languages such as Greek and Latin”, says classical philologist Professor Gregory...