Digitising virtually all the works produced at one of northern Germany’s most important university publication sites – Helmstedt is among the ten most frequently listed places of publication in VD 17 – has not only made a significant contribution towards the complete digitisation of German cultural heritage in printed form, it also provides the first ever overview of publishing at a major university of the early modern era.
As an experiment, a large number of pages were processed by OCR and then made available as complete texts.
The project is part of the HAB’s systematic and long-term research focus on the history of the university of Helmstedt. Further projects on this subject have been:
- Indexing and cataloguing the medieval Helmstedt manuscripts
- Indexing and cataloguing the Juleum holdings of printed works
- Professorial career patterns in the early modern era
- Aristotelianism in Helmstedt
- Knowledge production at the university of Helmstedt
- Helmstedt professors
- Ornament and instrument
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
Duration: March 2010 – September 2015 (continued independently)
Project participant: Andrea Opitz, Dr Johannes Mangei (contact)