Visual Approaches to Cultural Heritage

CERL Seminar at ETH Library, 14 March 2018

The 'iconic turn' has drawn the attention of scholars to visual material and its interpretation. This approach offers a wide range of ways for it to be combined with text-based scholarship, thus opening up new perspectives. Image-based search tools to sources and the visual presentation of research results have, however, not emerged equally as fast. ETH Library, the Swiss centre for technical and natural scientific information, has therefore seized the opportunity to organise the CERL Spring Seminar 2018 with a view to discussing innovative forms of access to and the visualisation of research results.

Attendance is free, but please complete the registration form (PDF, 999 kB) and send it to Closing date for registration is 5 March 2018.


08.30Registration and Coffee

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Andreas Kirstein, Deputy Director, ETH Library

Kristian Jensen, Chairman, CERL



Stefan Wiederkehr, Head of Collections and Archives, ETH Library


Panel 1: Access to Sources

Meda Diana Hotea, ETH Library, Zurich: ETH Library's Visual and Map-based Access to Selected Digital Information Resources

William O. Duba/Maria Widmer, University of Fribourg: e-codices and Fragmentarium. Building for and Building upon the Interoperability Paradigm


Claudia Fabian, Bavarian State Library, Munich: Image-based Similarity Search at the Bavarian State Library

Hans Brandhorst/Etienne Posthumus, Brill, Leiden: Arkyves – a Serendipity Engine


Panel 2: Visualisation of Research Results

Matthias Bixler, University of Zurich: Connecting the Dots. The Use of Visualisations in Historical Network Research

Matilde Malaspina/Cristina Dondi, 15cBOOKTRADE, Oxford and CERL: Tracking and Visualising the Circulation of Books and of Illustrations: 15cV and 15cILLUSTRATION


Frédéric Kaplan, EPF Lausanne: Why Europe Should Build a Time Machine

Anna Neovesky, Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz: Visual Approaches to the Presentation and Analysis of Text Corpora: Case Studies on Digital Collections of Medieval and Early Modern Sources

19.30Dinner (for those who have registered their attendance)


Visitors to CERL Seminar should be aware that, during or in conjunction with the event, video recordings or photos may be taken in which they appear. They agree neither to demand financial compensation nor to restrict the use of such media.

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ETH Zurich
Building LEE (external link)
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zurich

Room E 101

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