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Tamboti performs a search with the exact term you enter. A search for "Chin" does not retrieve all words beginning with "Chin" ("China", "Chinese" …), but only the word "Chin" itself.

You can use wildcards to perform broader searches. "?" can be used as a wildcard for a single character and "*" for zero, one or more characters: "China" is thus found with "Ch?na" and "C*a", and "China" and "Chine" are found with "Chin?", just as "China", "Chine" and "Chinese" are all found with "Chin*". Note that "*" and "?" cannot occur in the beginning of a word.

Fuzzy searches can be performed by putting "~" at the end of a word. To find "Chine", enter "China~". You can quantify the fuzziness, by appending a number between 0.0 and 1.0, "complete fuzziness" (finding everything) being 0.0 and complete identity being "1.0". If you append a "~" with no number, the default value 0.5 is applied.

Phrases can be searched for by putting them in quotation marks. Use "straight" double quotation marks only.

Tamboti searches for the exact word order you enter. If you enter "Reform and Progress", you will only find records in which the three words occur in that exact sequence. Tamboti does not display records containing, for example, "Progress and Reform".

Note that Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters are indexed as separate words, so a search for "日本" (without quotation marks) will find records with the two characters in the opposite order, that is, it will find records with "本日" as well. However, if you enclose "日本" in quotation marks, you only retrieve records with the two characters in that specific sequence.

You can use the boolean operators "AND" and "OR". If you search for "China AND Japan", you will find only records containing both terms. If you search for "China OR Japan", you will find records in which either one or both the two terms occur. A search with "AND" normally results in fewer records than a search with "OR". "NOT" can also be used. If you search for "China NOT Japan", you will only find records that have "China" but not "Japan".

You can also make boolean searches using Advanced Search.

You can use more advanced search functions by using parentheses: "(China OR Japan) NOT Korea" will find records in which the words "China" or "Japan" occur, but only those in which "Korea" does not occur.

"AND", "OR" and "NOT" must be written with uppercase letters. Otherwise, searches are made using lower-case letters only, so writing "China" with initial lower-case "C" (as "china") has the exact same effect as using an initial upper-case "C". This means that there is no way you can search for e.g. "Bush" without finding "bush" as well.

This is version 1.1.2 of Tamboti, which is regularly patched.

Tamboti is an application for working with metadata based on the MODS, VRA and TEI standard.

MODS is a standard used to catalogue books, articles and other traditional library material, and visual or online material such as images, videos, web sites or other sources.

Tamboti is similar to the public interface (OPAC) of the library systems used by national and university libraries. Tamboti can process a large amount of records.

In Tamboti, you can annotate records with metadata concerning language, script and transcription. This function is important for records used in multi-lingual contexts.


Tamboti is based on the eXist Native XML database. As eXist itself, Tamboti is open source and free. The eXist database system can be installed with a standard application installer.


Tamboti has a number of special features:

  • Form-based editor for MODS records
  • Form-based editor for VRA records
  • Active Directory authentication
  • Users have control over who can view and edit their records
  • Users can collaborate within groups to work on a collection of records
  • Users can export metadata to Zotero via unAPI with a single click
  • Direct XML export via MyList

Please follow the Tamboti Walkthrough to get acquainted with functionalities of Tamboti.

In Tamboti, there are a number of special collections which you can access by clicking on the links below:

  • EAST (Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet)
    • This growing collection gathers records on Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet. The collection is integrated into the comprehensive resource EAST, created by the team in Buddhist Studies at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" together with international cooperation partners.
  • Cluster Publications
  • Wissenschaftssprache Chinesisch
    • This growing database consists of records on the distribution and transformation of Euro-American knowledge in late imperial China, gathering bibliographical as well as biographical and terminological data. The collection was started in 1996 in Göttingen, and is currently enlarged by the team in Intellectual History at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" together with international cooperation partners.
    • The project has its own theme in Tamboti with project information.
  • Priya Paul Collection
    • The Priya Paul Collection of Popular Art contains more than 3,300 illustrations from the late 19th and the 20th century. It is one of the finest collections of ephemera like old posters, calendars, postcards, commercial advertisements, textile labels and cinema posters in India. In a collaborative endeavor with Tasveerghar, the collection was digitized and is now being annotated by local and international experts. For more information about the project please refer to the project homepage.
    • The Priya Paul Collection is the first collection within Tamboti to use the VRA Core 4 XML schema, developed by the Visual Resources Association. It distinguishes the actual art works from the images that depict them, allowing for more precision in the annotations. For user-friendly editing and annotating image metadata in VRA Core 4 the Heidelberg Research Architecture is developing the Ziziphus editor.
    • At an earlier stage the project started developing an experimental theme in Tamboti using MODS as record format.

You can also access the above collections by clicking the Folder View icon and double-clicking on the respective folders.

Some of our collections on visual material are currently hosted on another server. Please access them through the following links:

  • Abou Naddara Collection
    • Access to James Sanua’s journal publications and his extensive oeuvre has been difficult. The journalistic and artistic material of the Paris-exiled Egyptian nationalist has therefore hardly received the degree of scholarly attention it actually deserves. Yet, during the research-work for her Ph.D. dissertation “The Construction of a National-Self through the Definition of its Enemy in James Sanua’s Early Satirical Writings” Eliane Ursula Ettmueller was able to collect James Sanua’s complete works and - even more importantly – the majority of the originals of his magazines. Mrs Eva Milhaud kindly gave her permission to have Sanua’s legacy digitized and to make it available to interested readers and researchers all over the world.
    • The project has its own theme in Tamboti with project information.
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