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Dr. Andreas Witt

Coopted professor for Linguistic information processing / Digital Humanities


2018-2019 Head of the Computing Center in the Humanities (DCH) University of Cologne

2018-2019 Member of the Board (Vice Director) of the "Center for Data and Simulation Science" at the University of Cologne

2017-2019 Director of the newly founded "Institute for Digital Humanities" at UzK

2017-2019 Professor for Digital Humanities (Linguistic Information Processing) at the UzK

since 2015 Member of the Board and Speaker of the Leibniz Science Campus "Empirical Linguistics & Computational Language Modeling".

2009 appointed Head of the Research Infrastructure Department, IDS

2006-2008 Research associate, University of Tübingen, coordinator of the national project "Sustainability of Language Resources".

2002-2006 Assistant Professor at the University of Bielefeld (scientific assistant; C1)

1996-2002 Research assistant, University of Bielefeld, Germany

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Teaching WS 2018/2019

Material on Andreas Witt's events can be found in the ILIAS-Portal of the University of Cologne.

  • Lecture (BA): Einführung in die Informationsverarbeitung
  • Lecture (MA): Softwaretechnologie für Fortgeschrittene
  • Advanced seminar (MA): Corpus linguistics
  • Advanced seminar (BA): Linguistic data processing


Curriculum vitae

  • 2014 Honorary Professor for Digital Humanities at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • 2009 Lecturer at the Institute for Computational Linguistics of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
  • 2009 Employee at IDS
  • 2006-2008 Research associate at the University of Tübingen, coordination of the project Sustainability of Lingusitic Data, coordination project of the SFBs, Linguistic Data Structures (Tübingen), Multilingualism (Hamburg) and Information Structure (Potsdam and HU Berlin)
  • 1996-2006 Research assistant (from Feb. 2002 scientific assistant) in the field of Computational Linguistics and Text Technology at Bielefeld University
  • 1991-1996 Magister studies (Linguistics, Computer Science and Psychology) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1991 Work as operator (IBM/36) at the Institute for Film and Visual Arts in Science and Education (FWU) in Munich-Grünwald



  • Bański, P. / Witt, A. (2019): Complex Data Structures. In: Flanders, J. / Jannidis, F. (Eds.):The Shape of Data in Digital Humanities. Modeling Texts and Text-based Resources. (= Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities). New York: Routledge, 2018. pp 217 – 235.

  • Blumtritt, J. / Helling, P. / Mathiak, B./ Rau, F. Witt, A. (2018): Forschungsdatenmanagementin den Geisteswissenschaften an der Universität zu Köln. o-bib. Das offeneBibliotheksjournal, Herausgegeben vom VDB – Verein Deutscher Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare e.V., Heft 3/2018

  • Lobin, H. / Schneider, R. / Witt, A. (2018): Organisierte Kooperativität – Forschungsinfrastrukturen für die germanistische Linguistik. In: Lobin, H. / Schneider, R. / Witt, A. (eds.), Digitale Infrastrukturen für die germanistische Forschung. Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 1 – 7.

  • Witt, A. / Diesner, J. / Steffen, D. / Rezapour, R. / Bopp, J. / Fiedler, N. / Wockenfuß, J. (2018): Impact of scientific research beyond academia: An alternative classification schema.In: Diesner, J. / Rehm, G. / Witt, A. (eds), Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on ComputationalImpact Detection from Text Data. Miyazaki, Japan, May 2018. pp. 34 – 39.

  • Kupietz, M. / Lüngen, H. / Kamocki, P. / Witt, A. (2018): The German Reference Corpus DeReKo: New developments – new opportunities. Proceedings of the 11th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018), Miyazaki, Japan, May 2018. European Language Resources Association.

  • Suchowolec, K. / Bański, P. / Witt, A. (2018): Bridging standards development and infrastructure usage by means of concept graphs: The Liaison of CLARIN and ISO TC37SC4 in practice. The 3rd Workshop on Visualization as Added Value in the Development, Use and Evaluation of Language Resources. Miyazaki, Japan, May 2018. pp. 1 – 8.

  • Hiebert, M. / Lässig, S. / Witt, A. (2017): German history-digital: A platform for transnational historical knowledge co-creation. Digital Humanities 2017, Conference abstracts. McGill University & Université de Montréal. pp. 269 – 271.

  • Horbach, A. / Thater, S. / Steffen, D. / Fischer, P.M. / Witt, A. / Pinkal, M. (2015): Internet corpora: A challenge for linguistic processing Datenbank-Spektrum 15(1), pp. 41 – 47.

  • Romary, L. / Witt, A. (2014): Méthodes pour la représentation informatisée de données lexicales/Methoden der Speicherung lexikalischer Daten. In: Lexicographica 30, pp.152 – 186.

  • Sperberg-McQueen, C. M. / Schonefeld, O. / Kupietz, M. / Lüngen, H. / Witt, A. (2013): Igel: Comparing document grammars using XQuery. Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2013, Montréal: Balisage. 2013.



Awards and Recognitions

  •     1995 - 1996 Member of the German National Academic Foundation
  •     2014 Appointment as honorary professor for "Digital Humanities and Computational Linguistics", University of Heidelberg
  •     2016 - 2018 Member of the iSchool - School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Funding of the last 5 years

  •     2017 - 2020 CLARIN-D: Center-based Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Humanities Social sciences - expansion and further development; Subproject: "Present-related data and further development of Data and Services" with Ludwig M. Eichinger, funded by BMBF
  •     2015 - 2019 Leibniz Science Campus "Empirical Linguistics & Computational Language Modeling" Leibniz-ScienceCampus", sponsored by Leibniz-Community and MWK Baden-Württemberg
  •     2016 - 2018 TextTransfer - Corpus-supported recognition of recovery patterns in scientific texts, funded by BMBF
  •     2013 - 2017 Centre for Linguistic Research Data, funded by DFG