Steffen Hennicke, MA

Steffen Hennicke is a research associate in the department Digital Information and Research Infrastructures (DIRI) at the Georg Eckert Institute. For the project WorldViews funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), he is working on the semantic coding of historic textbooks with TEI, as well as the integration and conversion of various data from the area of historical educational media research.

He studied history, politics and media studies are the University of Potsdam, the University of Sussex in Brighton (UK) and the Freie Universität Berlin. After successfully completing his MA, he worked for a software company in the area of data conversion for archives and museums, and subsequently as a research associate at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI, Humboldt-Universität) in the EU-funded projects, ‘EuropeanaConnect’ (eConnect) and ‘Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana’ (DM2E). His tasks included evaluating the ‘Europeana Data Model’ (EDM), as well as working on a variety of aspects within digital humanities.

He continues to hold lectures on the subject ‘Semantic Web und Ontologies’ for the IBI Master degree correspondence course for Library and Information Science.

He is writing his doctoral thesis in the subject of information science. His thesis investigates natural-language inquiries to archives and designs an ontological representation of the subject area for history-related questions. His ontology serves to analyse and enhance aids for finding contents of archives with consideration of users’ requirements.