Teaching data skills across disciplines

Data literacy is now considered a key qualification for the academic and non-academic job market. In the "Digital Humanities Ruhr" project, the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr are cooperating to anchor the methods and subject matter of digital humanities in the humanities and social sciences curriculum and to develop new courses.

The programme is coordinated between the three UA Ruhr universities and will be advertised with a joint course program. At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Weins, Head of the Methods Centre, and Dr. Stephanie Heimgartner, Practice and Transfer, Faculty of Philology, are involved in the project "Establish Future Skills curricularly at Ruhr-Universität Bochum". Its focus is on the interdisciplinary teaching of basic digital skills, tools and methods, including data mining, text annotation and corpus analysis. Universal programming languages, such as R or Python, are also to be taught.

The University of Duisburg-Essen is dedicated to corpus linguistic and text technological methods in German studies and philology and the Technical University of Dortmund to algorithmic literacy. In future, all UAR students will be able to take the program as an optional subject and complete it with a "Data Literacy" certificate.