Integrating electronic tools to derive cognitive, linguistic and behavioral patterns from complex multimodal databases in the humanities

Complex multimodal bodies of data such as text production behavior data and combined speech and communicative action data represent a new frontier in humanities research demanding novel approaches to the mathematical modeling, mining and quantification of these data. The project will develop the e-cosmos platform, an integrated set of tools helping to process new combinations of data, detect cross-modal clusters as well as hidden patterns in multimodal and time-displaced data streams, and undertake fine-grained linguistic investigations into these structures. A typical problem of computational tools for the humanities is ad-dressed by developing the platform with the help of user-centric design, which aims at bridging the gap between (humanities) users and software engineers. The project will serve as a model for effective interdisciplinary co-operation between technical disciplines and the humanities by specifically taking on issues in interdisciplinary collaboration as a core part of its research agenda.

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