The IZdigital collects and coordinates the diverse range of digital courses offered by the Faculty of Philosophy and the Department of Theology and bundles them each semester in a course catalogue. In addition to individual courses of various subjects dedicated to topics, contents and methods of digital humanities and social sciences, members of the IZdigital also hold cooperative courses on a regular basis.

Lecture Calendar

Other Courses

Under the motto “IT experts have it easier”, the training centre of the Regional Computer Centre Erlangen (RRZE) offers a wide range of practical courses to acquire key IT qualifications for studies, internships and careers. Courses are offered for the MS Office package (e.g. Word, Excel, Access), but also for LaTeX, SPSS and for graphics, design and web. The courses are published four times a year. You can find the current course offer at

Lecturer (inter alia): Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari

SCRIPTO is a “univiersitarian programme for graduates with a research focus on the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period” at the FAU in cooperation with the BSB in Munich, the City Library in Nuremberg and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel, which combines research and teaching within the framework of a course. As a module, “SCRIPTO ditital” offers an introduction to XML and TEI as well as to the digitisation of manuscripts.

Further information: Homepage of the Institute for Ancient Languages: Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times

In this two-part course, students will be introduced to the field of computer vision (especially 3D reconstruction), with particular emphasis on applications in practical problems. The focus is on augmented reality and image-based rendering.

Leading program and registration modalities on the homepage of the VHB


The aim of the course is to bring the students closer to the field of computer vision (especially 3D reconstruction), whereby the applications in practical problems will be dealt with. The focus is on augmented reality and image-based rendering.

Part 1:

Chapter 1: Basics (singular value decomposition, point characteristics)
Chapter 2: Camera Models and Camera Calibration
Chapter 3: Stereo camera systems, epipolar geometry
Chapter 4: Recording geometry for 3 images

Part 2:

Chapter 5: Structure from motion: Factorization methods
Chapter 6: Structure from motion: Differential Methods
Chapter 7: Image-based rendering, light fields
Chapter 8: Augmented Reality Detailed



The course is about 3D reconstruction. The first part of the course focuses on stereo recording.  First, the basics are explained, such as point detection, point tracking and various projection models. In addition, further algorithms are introduced, such as singular value decomposition and the RANSAC algorithm. In addition to the special case of ideal stereo recording, the procedure for any camera constellation is also explained for 3D reconstruction of stereo recordings.

The second part of the course focuses on algorithms for 3D reconstruction from image sequences. Two basic methods for the calculation of structure from motion are explained, namely factorization methods and differential methods. The last two chapters of the course deal with image-based rendering and augmented reality applications that require 3D reconstruction as discussed in the previous chapters.

Difficulty level:

Experienced, Experts




Development: PD Dr. Peter Orth (Professor of Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times at the FAU) and Dr. Georg Vogeler (Dept. of Auxiliary Historical Sciences, Historical Department of the LMU Munich)

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari (Chair of Medieval and Modern Latin Philology at FAU)

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Development: Gebhard Grelczak, Prof. Dr. Sven Hanuschek, Andreas Schöffmann


The present course is based on a basic IT education in order to make students of language, literature and media sciences fit for IT requirements in their studies and profession by means of basic knowledge as well as practical application cases and exercises.

The focus is on effective work, the promotion of problem solving skills (also by means of targeted Internet research) and the development of a routine storage behaviour as well as program control and knowledge of concrete work processes in the relevant areas, text, image, presentation, table, sound and film.


Module 1 – Fundamentals of Digital Work Techniques
Module 2 – Word processing
Module 3 – Image processing and manipulation
Module 4 – Presentation formats
Module 5 – Tables and digital meaning
Module 6 – Sound and audiovisual media

Registration: VHB Course Details



Computer science finds a lot of application in various areas of our daily life. Without computer science there would be no Internet, no digital photography or even smartphones. Behind computer science are processes that require a certain technological know-how and understanding.

In the course you will learn exactly this knowledge by means of basic knowledge. The applications with the main focus on the structure and functionality of the Internet are strongly oriented towards the humanities and social sciences.

The computer science content is taught on a low-threshold level in order to provide an introduction for students from the humanities and social sciences who have no affinity with computer science. The course is based on three pillars:

  1. Creation of the technological foundations for the representation and processing of data in a networked society
  2. Communication of the basics of information search and digital libraries for the improvement of information literacy
  3. Application Areas of Computer Science and Internet Computing in Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning and qualification goals

The aim of the course is to develop the necessary skills in understanding and using the Internet for humanities and social sciences. The aim is to prepare students for a goal-oriented and effective use of digital techniques in their subject.

The following competences are taught:

  • understanding of digitalization processes, as well as the processing and archiving of digital information.
  • understanding the possibilities of using the Internet and the necessary technological basics.
  • use of digital libraries in the context of information search, as well as for the administration and digital archiving of research data.
  • Basic understanding of security mechanisms on the Internet and the assessment of their areas of application in the humanities and social sciences.
  • knowledge of emergent phenomena on the web, such as social media, collaboration, etc., and their areas of application.
  • knowledge of spatial information processing methods and their applications.
  • understanding of the web as an object of research, as well as basic skills to observe phenomena in the WWW.
  • knowledge about methods for the visualization of information as well as their fields of application.
  1. Digitalization
  2. Logic and language
  3. Computer architecture
  4. Computer networks
  5. World Wide Web
  6. IT security
  7. Databases and Data Modeling
  8. WebGIS
  9. Digital libraries and archives
  10. Linked Data
  11. Search and search engines
  12. Information visualization
  13. Web x.0, Social Media and Web Science

Registration: VHB Course Details



This semester, the IZ at the FAU has again compiled courses offered in the various fields of digital humanities and social sciences and bundled them in a course catalogue. The list is neither complete nor correct. Should you notice any desiderata or errors while reading, please notify us by email.

The course catalogue will soon be available for download. We apologize for any delays.

This semester, the IZ at the FAU has again compiled courses offered in the various fields of digital humanities and social sciences and bundled them in a course catalogue. The list is neither complete nor correct. Should you notice any desiderata or errors while reading, please notify us by email.

lecture for download.

This semester, the IZ at the FAU has again compiled courses offered in the various fields of digital humanities and social sciences and bundled them in a course catalogue. The list is neither complete nor correct. Should you notice any desiderata or errors while reading, please notify us by email.

lecture for download.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

For the first time, the IZ has compiled courses in the field of “Digital Humanities”, which are offered at the FAU, in a separate course catalogue. It is clear that the “Digital Humanities” have long been a subject of teaching.

Lectures available for download

Wrestling Lecture “Perspectives of the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences”

“Is the digitalization of the humanities finally beginning?” This question, recently asked in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, must be answered by the fact that the process of digitising the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies has progressed so far since the first beginnings in the 1960s that it has given rise to a new field of science in its own right. The scientific community around the world is struggling to define “digital humanities”; chairs and courses of study have established the term in the university landscape.
In the series of lectures, various positions and perspectives will be put up for discussion and individual projects from the fields of digital humanities and social sciences will be presented. The speakers provide insights into the breadth of international research and into current scientific discourses.
With the internationally staffed lecture series, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, established in 2014, will introduce itself to the FAU and the interested public in the winter semester 14/15 ( Renowned experts will discuss various aspects and perspectives in the two central topic areas of the new interdisciplinary center:

  • What new methodological approaches open up digital techniques for research in the humanities and social sciences, what questions can be addressed with them?
  • What are the effects, potentials and risks of digital technologies in science and society?

Time: Thursday, 18-20 hrs
Location: Kollegienhaus, Room 0.016, Universitätsstraße 15, 91054 Erlangen, Germany


09.10.2014: Manfred Thaller (Cologne): Digital Humanities: The first 65 years
16.10.2014: Gerhard Lauer (Göttingen): Computer-aided Literary Studies
23.10.2014: Klaus P. Jantke (Erfurt): Technologies for Serendipity
30.10.2014: Rob Kitchin (Maynooth): Smart urbanism, big data and new ways to know and govern cities
06.11.2014: Øyvind Eide (Passau): From text to map: another space is made
13.11.2014: Katja Kwastek (Amsterdam): Post-digital art history
20.11.2014: Holger Simon (Cologne): Digital versus Analog? – The challenges of digitisation for culture
27.11.2014: Andrea Scharnhorst (The Hague): Knowledge maps – new ways to navigate through large amount of data
04.12.2014: Christoph Schlieder (Bamberg): Geoinformatics location models for the cultural sciences
11.12.2014: Noah Bubenhofer (Dresden): Diagram games. Main features of visual linguistics using the example of geocollocations.
18.12.2014: John Nerbonne (Freiburg): Digital Progress in the Humanities
08.01.2015: Tony McEnery (Lancaster): The Corpus as Social History – Prostitution in the Seventeenth Century
15.01.2015: Eric Duval (Lions): Learning Analytics: Potential, Promise, Perils and Pitfalls
22.01.2015: Kathryn E. Piquette (Cologne): Unlocking Ancient Texts with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
29.01.2015: Martin Stricker (Berlin): Cathedral or Bazaar? On lines of development in the digitization of museum and university collections in Germany

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