Robert Forkel is a scientific programmer, focusing on software to
aggregate, curate and publish large databases for linguistic and
cultural research. He is also interested in how data is used in
research, in particular regarding aspects like reproducibility, and contributes to software packages such as LingPy.
Robert Forkel received a MA in Mathematics at the University of Regensburg in 2000. He joined the Max Planck Society in 2002, to work at the Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management on software for publishing the journals of the Living Reviews brand. In 2007, after transitioning into the new-founded Max Planck Digital Library, he became involved in the development and publication of WALS Online. After a short phase of employment in industry Robert rejoined the MPS, to work on the Cross-Linguistic Linked Data (CLLD) project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, generalizing and applying the technologies developed for WALS Online to more linguistic databases like Glottolog, APiCS Online, WOLD. With this experience he was destined to transition to the Department for Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at MPI SHH, taking the next step with research databases in the context of projects like Glottbank or D-PLACE.