Digital Laboratory

The MWW Research Association strives to digitally transform collection research activities on four distinct levels:

  • concrete working processes
  • classification and study
  • presentation and distribution
  • long-term archival storage of research findings

By establishing the Digital Laboratory, the MWW Research Association has laid the groundwork for a new focus on sustainability. As the virtual headquarters of the MWW, it provides a common framework for various site-specific endeavours of the participating institutions, develops digital solutions tailored to their individual needs, and in so doing, offers compatible forms of virtual location-independent collaboration in research, education and teaching.

The Digital Laboratory is a competence centre and digital project partner. It generates requirements based on the concrete research issues of the MWW case studies and research groups. Thanks to work of the Digital Laboratory, the projects are made aware of the others’ activities, engage in productive, thematic and methodical dialogue, and thus remain in close contact. In the coming years, we not only want to intensify this collaborative model, but also – as demonstrated by the project Digital Teaching in German Studies during the coronavirus pandemic – make it accessible to other projects of the three institutions and at other organisations.

The Digital Laboratory serves as the common platform for the seven projects listed below in the field of digital humanities. While three projects are particularly devoted to collection study and classification, the goal of two other projects is clearly centred on presenting collection and research data to the public and making it available on a long-term basis. Both aspects are featured in the central working and presentation environment of the Virtual Research Room.


Former Staff

  • Katharina Günther (Scientific Director)

  • Marcus Baumgarten (Digital Methods of Collection Research)

  • Ben Kaden (Digital Makerspace)

  • Hans Clausen (Virtuell Collection Space)

  • Torsten Kahlert (Platform for Open Access Publication)

  • Tim Köhler (Digital Makerspace)

  • Moritz Laeger (Digital Methods of Collection Research)

  • Uschi Schmidt (Virtual Research Space)