International voices on the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History (LBIDH):
“The LDBIH is a unique institution bringing together interdisciplinary scientists across technical and engineering sciences and researchers from humanities.” (SAB Report 2022)
“The SAB is impressed not only by the high quality of the research carried out by the team but also by the great competence, the enthusiasm and the focus of all the researchers involved.” (SAB Report 2022)
“The interdisciplinary work is outstanding and the SAB encourages the LBIDH to keep the excellent level of research.” (SAB Report 2022)
“This level of interdisciplinary work is still rare. While there is recognition that cross fertilization of humanities and science benefits both, there is often little incentive in academic environments to create this level of work.” (SAB Report 2022)
“The developed methods are not only suitable for the analysis of history but bring new insights in automatic text, image, and video processing. As such, the results obtained by LBIDH are not only relevant for researchers in history, but also in any science working on such materials such as medicine, geological research, as well as for disciplines working mainly in texts such as legal sciences.” (SAB Report 2022)
“In this case, the final result is much more than the sum of the different parts as it fills the gaps that arise within specific disciplines for instance by researching how digital tools designed by computer scientists can be modified and applied to the study of cultural objects. This application in turn explores improvements to the technology that would not be possible without the requirements of humanities research.” (SAB Report 2022)
“LBIDH plays a unique role within the research landscape by being not an academic department, museum, archive, or government agency. This position enables it to bring together multiple disciplines, diverse methodological approaches and insights, and to collaborate with a wide range of international partners and experts to spur innovation across fields and disciplines.” (SAB Report 2022)
“The SAB is unanimously enthusiastic about the overall quality of LBIDH projects and the outstanding expertise, effectiveness and care of its staff.” (SAB Report 2022)
“The VHH consortium delivered outstanding scientific results in technological, dissemination of results, involvement of stakeholders.” (2nd VHH Review 2021)
“The VHH project is meeting its objectives and milestones with punctuality and exceptional professionalism. Every work package is progressing to a very high standard, and in line with the plans and associated WP tasks as outlined in the DoA. It is delivering impressive results in relation to communication, dissemination and exploitation (see D8.3), and developing value proposition business models, to a wide variety of stakeholders in Europe, and potentially globally (see D8.9 in particular).” (2nd VHH Review 2021)
“The scientific and technological achievements of the project are very impressive and industry leading and are on track to significantly advance the EU’s innovation action remit.“ (2nd VHH Review 2021)
“The scientific quality of results communicated and discussed in numerous publications are of a very high standard as they relate to description of research undertaken, testing methods, reporting and interdisciplinary scientific impact.“ (2ndVHH Review 2021)
“The project effectively developed and disseminated its best practice model for the digital curation of concentration camps and atrocity sites and related documents concretely involving stakeholders: in this sense VHH opens access for methodological innovation, resource discovery, and opportunity for new scientific, historical and regulations’ studies.” (2nd VHH Review 2021)
“In terms of quality and quantity, the institute’s scientific results are very impressive. They not only comprise classic outcomes like monographs and articles, but also service products like data bases and analytical tools as well as a huge variety of interesting public outreach formats like documentations and exhibitions.” (Evaluation Report 2020)
“Generally, the chosen topics are fascinating and original.” (Evaluation Report 2020)
“By the systematic transformation of analogue into digital sources as well as by the use, comparison, interpretation, application and publication of digital sources and digitalised materials, the LBIDH discloses innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to relevant topics of contemporary history.” (Evaluation Report 2020)
“Altogether, the LBI is very strong in developing innovative methodologies and easily adapts to changing circumstances. Its agile way of implementing its research programme via diverse complex research projects is very impressive.“ (Evaluation Report 2020)
“The staff at LBIDH is highly qualified and dedicated. The panel was impressed by the presentations and the discussions with researchers and administrative team members, and noted remarkable openness and cooperative spirit of the entire team.“ (Evaluation Report 2020)
“By acquiring highly competitive European funding (Horizon 2020), the LBI has earned its place within the highest class of research and scholarship in Europe.“ (Evaluation Report 2020)
SAB Report 2022: Giovanna Fossati, Michael Haley Goldman, Andreas Maier, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History: Report of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), 15 November 2022.
2nd VHH Review 2021: Simone Louise Gigliotti, Sam Habibi Minelli, Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age (Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No 822670): General Project Review Consolidated Report, 20 October 2021.
Evaluation Report 2020: Jeremy Hicks, Gertrud Koch, Lisa Silverman, Verena Kremling, Evaluation of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History (LBIDH): Report of the Evaluation Panel, 16 November 2020.