Center for Digital Humanities

Greetings from Director (Jae-Woong Choe, Department of Linguistics)

The integration of informatization into humanities research is a major issue in the field of the humanities. With regard to one of the areas relevant to this issue, the Research Institute of Korean Studies has played a leading role in building the large-scale language resources required for the production of electronic text. Given this foundation, it is time to assess how to further utilize these established resources. We also aim to expand our work in the field of digital humanities. Our newly reorganized research center, the Center for Digital Humanities, will respond to these needs by contributing to the informatization of the humanities.

Major Projects

The major projects of the Center for Digital Humanities can be summarized as the collation and analysis of big data for use in humanities research and the production of research based on this data.

Through the Trends 21 project that has been promoted since 2008, the Center for Digital Humanities is transforming into a morph-tagged corpus news articles published from 2000 to the present in four major Korean newspapers, Dong-A Ilbo, Chosun Ilbo, JoongAng Ilbo, and The Hankyoreh. The Trends 21 corpus, to which 180,000 articles and 42,000,000 paragraphs are added every year, will be a cornerstone for understanding the vocabulary usage patterns of the Korean language in the 21st century. It is also an important resource for the analysis of the trajectory of sociocultural changes that are closely related to vocabulary use.

In addition, the Center for Digital Humanities established the Sejong-RIKS Corpus (SJ-RIKS Corpus) and the Sejong-RIKS Extension Corpus (SJ-RIKS Extension Corpus), which are standardized and digitalized morph-tagged language datasets collected for the 21st century Sejong Plan. Statistical, application, and network data based on the Trends 21 corpus and the SJ-RIKS corpus and extension corpus are provided to researchers through the Research Institute of Korean Studies website.

Recently, we have been conducting a project focused on processing and analyzing news articles published over the course of approximately 100 years in order to utilize as a language resource all news articles published since the launch of Dong-A Ilbo. Through this project, we hope to be able to analyze both macro language changes and sociocultural changes.

  • History

    2016 Office renamed the Center for Digital Humanities
    2014 Office expanded and reorganized into the Center for Electronic Humanities The achievements of the Trends 21 project reported The groundwork for digital humanities as well as for big data research and methodological studies prepared
    2008 Office reorganized into the HK Electronic Humanities Team Office changed to the Planning and Research Team in the Korean Culture Dynamics project (HK project) group The Trends 21 project for the establishment and utilization of large-scale newspaper corpus conducted
    1998 Office expanded and reorganized into the Electronic Text Research Center The 21st Century Sejong Plan project (1998-2007), a medium- and long-term Korean language informatization project conducted
    1995 The Office of the RIKS Natural Language DB established The KU Korean Language Collection I (Korea-1: 10 million paragraph-scale) developed Usage examples for the compilation of the KU Korean Dictionary provided
  • Members

    Director Jae-Woong Choe (Department of Linguistics)
    Researchers Do-Gil Lee (HK Professor), Seunghye Hong (Ph.D. student, Linguistics), and others
Research Institute of Korean Studies (RIKS), Korea University
145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
Tel : 82-2-3290-1610~1613 / Fax : 82-2-926-8385