Press lunch on the subject of digitisation at the TIB

About libraries, knowledge graphs, robots and digital change

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer (TIB), Minister Björn Thümler and Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa (Osnabrück University) (from left) together with the robot Lou (from left) // Photo: TIB

On 8 November 2018, representatives of the media accepted the invitation of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture to a press lunch at the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology to find out more about digitisation. The robot Lou developed at the Osnabrück University took over the welcome on this day and moderated the discussion on the topic of digitisation.

In the historic Marstall Building, Minister Björn Thümler presented the call for proposals ”Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften – digital: Forschungschancen, Methodenentwicklung und Reflexionspotenziale“, which aims to support innovative projects that result from the use of digital methods for the humanities and cultural sciences. In addition, changes in science, culture and society resulting from digitisation are to be comprehensively reflected upon. A total of eight million euros are available for this purpose.

The TIB as an actor in digital change

Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Director of the TIB, presented the library to the media – from the offers in the library area to the digital services of the library to the area of research and development.     

Auer briefly explained how knowledge could be presented and communicated in the future with the help of so-called Open Research Knowledge Graphs and how this could change scientific work in the long term. TIB’s PhD student Eric Müller-Budack then demonstrated the geolocalization tool developed by the Visual Analytics Research Group. The question is: Who can better estimate the location of a photo – man or machine? The result: In most cases, the computer is better than the human being.

You can even compete against the computer in the browser-based demonstration:

Reporting on the TIB was available after the press lunch at SAT1regional, among others.

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