“Berliner sehen” is a hypermedia documentary that engages students of German in the exploration of everyday life in the changing city of Berlin since the fall of the Wall. The core database features 28 hours of authentic (not scripted) conversations with Berlin residents from east and west neighborhoods and thousands of archival materials.

Created by HyperStudio, MIT’s Center for Digital Humanities, the hypermedia web application encourages students to investigate material in context from different perspectives and to collaborate in creating their own hypermedia mini-documentaries.

The innovative hypermedia design of the application continues to serve internationally as an inspiring model for the field of digital humanities and visual research across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The project has been funded by National Endowment for the Humanities, Max Kade Foundation, Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, MIT Provost Fund

Project Lead: Ellen Crocker, Kurt Fendt

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