Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies

FundingGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Project term 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2018
Project partnersBayerische Staatsbibliothek
Deutsches Museum, Munich
Contact addressgregor.horstkemper@bsb-muenchen.de

From 2016 to 2018, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a "Fachinformationdienst (FID) Geschichtswissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies"), which is set up by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and by the Deutsches Museum in Munich (sub-discipline history of technology). The FID Historical Studies offers a broad digital information service on the entire spectrum of historical studies, developing a high-performance infrastructure that connects comfortably usable search functions with the supra-regional provision of media relevant for the discipline.

  • Broken down to regions, the FID Historical Studies encompasses world history, European history, the history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, France and Italy, Spain and Portugal.
  • Regarding periods of time, the FID covers all epochs since the early Middle Ages.
  • With respect to content, the FID encompasses all disciplines of historical studies.
  • There are hardly any language limitations with respect to the information resources to be newly acquired. Partly, also less widely used European languages are covered in individual disciplines, provided that there is a peak demand for contents which are not available in more widely used languages.

Research-relevant materials and resources which are suitable for demand-driven provisioning are made available for scholarly use on a supra-regional level. The scope of publications and resources available online is expanded substantially in the process.

Currently, a research and provision portal is being developed, which encompasses not only a comprehensive search system on European history, but also a prototype of a special portal on the history of technology and science, thus pooling all tools and services of the FID. The portal is intended to become the primary point of search access for researchers in the field of historical studies.

In order to sustainably improve the discovery of publications on German history or by German historians, a particular emphasis is put on establishing a German Historical Bibliography ("Deutsche Historische Bibliographie"). This bibliography is intended to become an open access, high-performance and comfortable tool for historical research, also enabling access to resources.

The service is rounded off by services for the digitization of research publications and for electronic publishing. The individual modules of the FID are developed further and the demand of additional infrastructural components and services is ascertained on the basis of the continuous feedback by the expert community of historians.

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