Material Text Cultures

Service Project on Information Management and Information Infrastructure


Integration of text and research data in new and sustainable publication formats


current staff members

Teilprojektleiterin Dr. Maria Effinger
akademischer Mitarbeiter Dr. Gustavo Fernandez Riva





  • Development of new forms of digital publications or editions, of and about written artefacts („Enhanced eBooks“)
  • Close integration of long-term archived research data (digital primary texts or texts of editions, pictures, special images, related metadata, and measurement data) in scientific publications, simultaneously making research data more visible and making access to this data easier.
  • Implementation of ontology-based data storage as a basis for dynamic and collaborative forms of publication.

Work programme

  • The subproject UP2 is based at the University Library in Heidelberg, which maintains a university publisher (heiUP), and a picture and multi-media database (heidICON). The university library also maintains, together with the computing centre, heiDATA and heiARCHIVE, a repository for the storage and publication of research data as well as a long-term archive system.
  • Practical requirements for functionalities in enhanced eBooks are to be identified, based on four „use cases“ from scientific subprojects of the SFB.
  • On the basis of existing expertise in the area of XML-modelling and processing (TEI, JATS/BITS) the control software Heidelberg Monograph Publishing Tool (heiMPT) will be enriched with further specific functionalities for enhanced eBooks.
  • In cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH), enhanced eBooks will be published in the newly established publication series from heiUP - „Kulturelles Erbe: Materialität – Text – Edition“ (KEMTE).
  • The modules for picture annotation and text editions of the Heidelberg digitisation system DWork, will be further expanded and consolidated with productive applications for the four chosen subprojects.  The use of ontology-based schemata production and data retention should be intensified in both areas (assuring CIDOC CRM compliance).
  • Data collections of written artefacts from the four chosen Use Cases will be modelled, recorded and published, partly using the virtual research environment WissKI. A stable basis for the intended dynamic web publication of these research results will be provided by ontology-based RDF data structure.

Screenshot of work on an OWL-ontology using the software „TopBraid Composer“

Four Use Cases

  • A01 UP4 „Epigramme in und an byzantinischen Bauwerken Konstantinopels. Schriftbild und Materialität (4.–14. Jh.)“
  • A02 „Antike Briefe als Kommunikationsmedium“
  • A08 „Reliquienauthentiken. Forschungen zu Materialität und Präsenz einer ‚ausgesparten‘ Sonderform früh- und hochmittelalterlicher Schriftlichkeit“
  • B06 „Welscher Gast digital“ (ehem.)


Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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