Select encyclopedias and articles for digitization
Encyclopedias in the database are mainly chosen from the 19th and 20th century. Currently, we include encyclopedic works in the following languages: English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean.
Before an encyclopedic work is integrated into the database, we need to check the copyright situation of each book: We negotiate with publishers, try to find single authors, harvest the libraries for copyright-free works, and ask libraries for permission to use their online materials.
Of each encyclopedia, we digitize entries according to a list of keywords, as well as paratexts provided in the work itself (e.g. title page, prefaces, reading instructions, tables of contents, indices, etc.). As encyclopedias are mostly compiled to provide a comprehensive overview of contemporary knowledge on a certain topic, researchers can easily browse through the regional and historical dimension of certain concepts and of encyclopedic ways of storing this knowledge.
Coordination: Barbara Mittler, Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Joachim Kurtz, Kaja Müller-Wang, Jens Østergaard Petersen