Digitale Bibliothek

Projects

The Index of 18th century German prints (VD 18)

The VD 18 project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), represents the continuation of the national bibliographic projects "The Index of the 16th century German prints" (VD 16) and "The Index of the 17th century German prints" (VD 17). The special feature of VD 18 is that the national bibliographic enterprise integrates the pillars of cataloguing and digitisation.
The main phase of VD 18 was initially preceded in 2009 by a pilot phase based on a study1 prepared by Klaus Haller. The cooperative pilot project was applied for and carried out by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and the Institut für Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung der Universität zu Köln. The aim of the pilot funding was the development of common standards and workflows, including the determination of average page prices for indexing and digitisation.
The second phase of the main phase will now open with the conclusion of the pilot funding and after evaluation of the results of the cooperative pilot phase. The aim of funding the main phase is to further increase the number of VD 18 prints completed and digitised at national bibliographic level.
The Greifswald University Library will participate in this project from 1.10.2016 on.

Vitae Pomeranorum

The Vitae Pomeranorum collection mainly contains so-called personal and occasional writings of the early modern period: prints which were produced in small editions for special occasions, such as wedding, baptismal and funeral poems, funeral sermons, jubilee writings, biographies and genealogical tables, as well as invitations to the award of academic degrees, making these pieces particularly important for genealogical and regional research and for the history of the art of printing.

Among these vitae are 171 prints from the 16th century, 5531 from the 17th century and 2986 from the 18th century.
In German there are 4456 titles, in Latin 4145, in Swedish 228 and in French 9 titles.

6788 titles come from Pomeranian printing places. The persons addressed are mainly personalities from Pomerania and Sweden.

With funds from the Agnes Lohmann Foundation, the prints are catalogued and digitised in a cooperation project with the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.

Peatland and Nature Conservation International Library (PeNCIL)

Around 50 scientists and experts are active in Greifswald Peatland research and are currently making decisive contributions to research, for example on the climate relevance of peatlands: although peatlands make up only three percent of the earth's surface, they store more CO2 than the entire forest stock of the earth. Peatland research has a long tradition in Greifswald, where the first peat botanical studies were published in 1826. Prof. em. Dr. Michael Succow, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and one of the leading German bog ecologists, laid the foundation stone for the focus peatland research as part of landscape ecology in Greifswald during his professorship and was able to win Hans Joosten, one of today's leading bog researchers for Greifswald, who initiated the working group "Peatland Science and Paleoecology" in 1996. Peatland and Nature Conservation International Library - Michael Succow Foundation
Ebooks on Demand (EoD)

European libraries keep millions of books from 1500 to 1900. Due to their age and value, however, the publications are often only usable on site.

With the EOD service, these hidden treasures are now available to everyone with a few mouse clicks. Users are able to order eBooks through their familiar library catalogues; libraries then digitise the desired works and make them available to the user via the EOD network. The books digitised in this way are simultaneously included in the digital libraries of the participating institutions and thus made accessible via the Internet. Since 2009, these books can also be ordered as reprints in the form of "real" books in addition to the digital version.

The EOD service was launched as part of the "Digitisation on Demand" project, co-financed by the eTEN programme line.

This EU project was launched in October 2006 with 13 libraries from 8 European countries and ran until June 2008.

In July 2008, these 13 libraries, including Greifswald University Library, created EOD as a sustainable and permanent network as founding members. Since then, other libraries from other countries have constantly joined the network - the so-called EOD. "Associate members" who now also offer the EOD service.

From May 2009 to April 2013, EOD was co-financed by the EU in the Culture Programme. 20 libraries from 10 European countries are participating in this follow-up project, mainly to pursue the following 3 objectives:
- expand the EOD network with new European members
- to make the EOD network visible as a best practice model for other Europe-wide cooperations and to pass on the experiences to other institutions
- Support intercultural dialogue among readers of historical books by integrating content into Web 2.0 pages.

Pilot projects for the digitisation of cultural assets in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The pilot project was carried out at the University of Greifswald on behalf of the State Office for Culture and Monument Conservation Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from November 2010 to April 2011.

It consists of the three project phases:

  1. Further technical development of existing software components for the transfer of metadata already captured and adaptation of the local viewer for museum and archival objects.
  2. Implementation of small pilot projects to test the software solutions developed in point 1.

  3. Status quo analysis: Recording of the cultural assets worthy of protection in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which are gradually being digitised and transferred to the Europeana according to a list of priorities to be decided. At the same time, this overview serves as a planning basis for a future long-term archiving concept.

In a second project phase, in addition to the libraries and archives, the museum area with its cultural treasures was integrated into the common digital portal as an example. In this way, the concept of interdisciplinary cooperation between archives, libraries and museums was consistently continued.

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