Interoperability - is it feasible - New Trends in eHumanities

Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics


November 15, 2012


Interoperability – is it feasible –

Society, politicians and researchers all dream from an integrated domain of data which allows them to easily find evidences for new yet undiscovered phenomena and solutions for the Grand Challenges humans are faced with such as the stability of climate, health, societies, minds etc. Consequently one of the most used terms currently is “interoperability”, but certainly at political level no one exactly has an idea where we are talking about, what is needed and what is possible. Also for research infrastructures in the humanities “interoperability” is an issue. With the help of some examples the term “interoperability” and its different flavors will be analyzed in more detail.


After finishing the Diplom-Ingenieur Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin in 1974 with computer science and digital signal processing as main topics, I started working as research assistant setting up a center for control computation at TUB. In 1976 I got the chance to act as head of the technical group at the newly founded Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics. In 2011 I became the head of the new unit called The Language Archive that was built as a collaboration between Max-Planck-Society, Berlin-Brandenburg-Academy of Sciences and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

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