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 and EoDOPEN)

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.

The follow-up project EODOPEN has been running since 2019 and until 2023. It pursues various approaches to remove obstacles to the electronic availability of 20th century works. Under certain circumstances, copyright law allows the digitisation of out-of-print and orphan works. The regulations for the visually impaired and blind are particularly generous (Marrakesh Treaty).

Additional works are to be made accessible through the conclusion of contracts with commercial and non-commercial right holders. To clarify rights, business procedures are to be worked out, tools developed and librarians trained. The establishment of a common portal is to improve the visibility of digitised works. According to the Creative Europe Culture programme, EODOPEN focuses on cooperation between libraries and dialogue with their users across national borders.

Rechtssprechung im Ostseeraum - Digitization & Handwritten Text Recognition

Court sources are the basis for the history of criminal law and historical crime research, which relate to everyday life, mentality and gender studies and corresponding questions. They are oriented in particular to legal practice. 

With our project we want to digitize three complete collections of such legal sources: 102.000 pages of legal instructions of the Greifswald Faculty of Law (1580-1800), 130.000 pages of opinions of the judges at the Wismar Tribunal (1746-1845) as well as 25.000 pages of opinions of the judges of the Wismar Council Court (1701-1879).

This project is a cooperation between the University Archive Greifswald, the Archive of the Hanseatic City of Wismar, the State Archive of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the University Library Greifswald and the READ-COOP. The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

The sources are, at best, sorted merely chronologically or according to claimants and defendants. An additional indexing regarding content is therefore useful. However, we will not only add structure and metadata to the given material by means of the digital enrichment that has been customary so far. In addition, we will enable a full text search in the file material itself with the help of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and Keyword Spotting (KWS).

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Digitization of medieval manuscripts of the "Bibliothek des Geistlichen Ministeriums (Parish St. Nikolai) and the University Library of Greifswald

In a joint DFG project, 176 important medieval manuscripts from the 13th to 16th centuries from the Library of the Ministry of the Ecclesiastical Affairs, the University Library and the University Archive Greifswald were catalogued in various smaller projects for the manuscript database Manuscripta Mediaevalia and a first part of them was restored and digitised.

Since November 2019, the remaining 144 manuscript volumes (63,730 pages) have been digitised in a period of 2 years within the framework of a DFG project in cooperation with St. Nikolaien Cathedral by the Digitisation Centre of the University Library of Greifswald and made available to a broad public independent of time and place, thus preserving a large part of the cultural history of our country and the Baltic Sea region for future generations.

The manuscripts of the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs come exclusively from three large local collections, above all the desk libraries of the Franciscans and Dominicans established at the end of the 15th century and the church library of St. Mary. Links between these libraries and the university, founded in 1456, can be found in some volumes.

The university's holdings were lost during the Reformation. It was not until the establishment of a central university library around 1604 that selective acquisition through donations and purchases began. This collection contained manuscripts from the surrounding monasteries, which had been dissolved in Pomerania during the Reformation.

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