Humanities Computer Lab

The Humanities Computer Lab offers support by ICT specialists. Support includes:

  • Designing, storing and querying large databases
  • Programming support (e.g. Presentation, OpenSesame, Python)
  • NLP, automatic text and speech analysis
  • Hosting and maintaining experimental websites
  • Providing a Linux/Unix environment on the Faculty's server park Ponyland
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping support
  • Text analytics
  • Building custom websites
  • Data visualisation
  • Corpus annotation and analyses


Web applications by the Humanities Computer Lab

Below are examples of web applications developed by employees of the Humanities Computer Lab.

Stalla - Medieval choir stalls database

Stalla is a bilingual database containing over 13,000 images of medieval choir stalls in Europe. The database aims to support scholarly research on these objects. A free-to-use search engine has been developed for Stalla. Users can search by keyword or object number and can filter by location, date, part and category. The results can also be displayed on an interactive map. The database is updated every six months. The technical developer for Stalla is Erwin Komen.

A Match made in Rome - Faceswap with roman emperors

A match made in Rome is a web application that allows users to take a picture of themselves, which is then placed over the image of a Roman emperor or empress. The application uses existing software. The user takes a picture of themselves, and then goes through the 'emperor quiz'. Based on the answers chosen, the programme selects an image of an emperor(s). The user can then click on 'combine', after which the face in the photo is superimposed over the image. The user can use a slider to adjust the opacity. The user can also email the photo to himself. The technical developer is Erwin Komen.

Lenten Sermons

Lenten Sermons is a web application used by the researcher to thoroughly describe Latin sermons (currently 233). In the summary, keywords can be defined with which sermons can be linked. The researcher can do this himself by logging in (as editor). The web application is intended to facilitate the identification and analysis of the textual infrastructure. Colour coding allows the researcher to indicate the research status of the sermon. The technical developer for Lenten Sermons is Erwin Komen.

Global Signbank

Global Signbank is a lexical database for sign languages used worldwide. The database contains 28 datasets with a total of more than 38,000 signs of sign languages from around the world. The web application is intended for sign language research, by hearing and deaf researchers. Each gesture can be extensively annotated. Search functions allow searching, within datasets and through several datasets simultaneously. Users need to apply for an account. Global Signbank is open to hosting new datasets under certain strict conditions. The technical developers are Micha HulsboschWessel Stoop, Susan Even and Jetske Adams


Mediate database contains data coming from a corpus of several hundred catalogues of private libraries sold at auctions between 1665 and 1830 mainly in the Dutch Republic, France, the British Isles and Italy. The searchable database contains nearly 600 catalogues, totalling more than 550,000 items. Each item can be described in detail by researchers. The database is searchable and a scan of the text can be added to each item. The technical developer is Micha Hulsbosch.


The Four-Corners-of-the-World database contains more than 400 publications by Eastern Orthodox Christians from the past 50 years as they are (and were) used in European communities. Each entry contains a basic description of the publication and one or more images of the cover, front cover and corpus. The dataset can be searched through various subcategories, including churches, languages, genres. The technical developer  is Wessel Stoop.

ROLEG: Radboud Online Linguistic Experiment Generator

ROLEG is a software application for creating and conducting online linguistic experiments and surveys. ROLEG consists of two main components: the website, where the experiments and data collection take place, and a Domain Specific Language (DSL), a simple programming language used to define the structure and content of an online experiment. ROLEG is accessible to people with little or no programming experience, thanks to the easy-to-learn programming language (DSL) created specifically for this purpose. With ROLEG, researchers can set up different experiments by choosing, modifying and combining simple building blocks of code. The technical developer for ROLEG is Chris Vajdík.

Information for employees

Employees of Radboud University can find more information about the Humanities Lab on Intranet:

Humanities Lab Intranet

Research Data Management

The RDM policy of the Faculty of Arts is based on the general principles of Radboud University, including information about FAIR principlesGeneral Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, AVG in Dutch), informed consent and the data management plan (DMP). You can also read our information about copy right licenses.

Specific RDM guidelines for research conducted at the Faculty of Arts can be found on our intranet webpages. Students can read the data management plan (DMP) information.

Online experiments

ROLEG (Radboud Online Linguistic Experiment Generator) is an application for creating and running online language experiments. If you would like to participate in one of our experiments, then sign up on the ROLEG website.

Contact & Access

Visiting address

Erasmus building, basement level
Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen

Questions about the Humanities Computer Lab? Please contact dr. Henk van den Heuvel.