Yvonne Fuchs is studying History and German Philology at the University of Basel. Her focus lies on the History of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era as well as on Linguistics. She is always seeking to create connections between her studies and the Digital Humanities.
Besides her studies, Yvonne Fuchs works for the State Archives of Lucerne on the research project Luzerner Namenbuch, where she transcribes and excerpts sources as well as managing them in a database. She is also currently involved in reconstructing the biography of the mummy of the Barfüsser Church. Previously, she worked as a research assistant in the field of Linguistics at the University of Basel and also gave tours at the Museomix Event at the Historical Museum of Basel. Yvonne is passionate about the digital aspects of the humanities; she was involved in TEI coding the Urfehdenbuch of Basel and contributed to the blog Digitale Subjektivität, which deals with text mining within literature and linguistics.
At ETH Library Lab, Yvonne and Dominic Weber are developing an online database for transcriptions of handwritten documents. Thereby they address a pressing problem in the humanities; manuscripts are crucial sources and their transcriptions are important raw data, but transcripts are rarely published and so remain inaccessible to the public.
Yvonne’s and Dominic’s project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Lucas Burkart, Professor of Late Medieval and Renaissance History at the University of Basel, and Prof. Dr. Tobias Hodel, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Bern.