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ASU Digital Innovation Group goes international

July 13, 2016

DigInG, the Digital Innovation Group at Arizona State University has announced that it has merged with software development activities within Department I of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.

DigInG brings together talented students and early-career professionals from computer science and the history and philosophy of science to create new and innovative tools, infrastructure and methods for humanities research.

This new partnership will form an efficient and agile software development and innovation unit for computational history of knowledge. The new institutional configuration also reflects the long history of collaboration between the Laubichler Lab at ASU, which is directed by Manfred Laubichler, President's Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology, and the Max Planck Institute. 

DiginG also gains the expertise of Dirk Wintergrün, who is responsible for software and infrastructure projects in Department I. 

Department I (Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge), directed by Jürgen Renn, aims to "develop a theoretical understanding of knowledge evolution, taking into account its epistemic, social and material dimensions."

This summer, the expanded DiginG will begin to implement a new coordinated development plan for an integrated computational history and philosophy of science (cHPS) research platform. The first steps will focus on linking annotation tools for a variety of digital media, and exchanging tools and knowledge about bibliographic network analysis. 

If you want to get involved with DigInG at ASU, contact Julia Damerow at or Erick Pierson at