Online launch of the Digital Literature Atlas of Bavarian Swabia (DigiLABS)

DigiLABS, the "Digitaler Literaturatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben" has been launched online today. Being the only one of its kind within Germany, the digitization project provides a cartography of the literature landscape of the Bavarian part of Swabia. The places of activity of authors from the Bavarian-Swabian region, as well as historical sites of literature can be found marked on a digital map.

© Literature Portal Bavaria

© Literature Portal Bavaria

© Literature Portal Bavaria

© Literature Portal Bavaria

Presentation of DigiLABS in the district of Swabia, Augsburg, 27 February 2020 | © Saskia Grandel

Presentation of DigiLABS in the district of Swabia, Augsburg, 27 February 2020. [From left to right] Johann Sailer, President of the District Council of Swabia (Bezirkstagspräsident Schwaben); Dr. Elisabeth Donoughue, Bavarian Ministry of Science; Klaus Kempf, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; Prof. Dr. Klaus Wolf, University of Augsburg; Rosemarie Mair M.A., University of Augsburg; Dr. Stephan Kellner, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © Saskia Grandel

The entries are accompanied by the biographical and bibliographic data of the authors. The user is guided to multimedia services, such as digital copies or audio samples, via links. A simple mouse click now allows everybody interested to follow on the heels of the authors of Bavarian Swabia. The service is directed to a broad target group: Academic researchers, everybody interested in literature or users wishing to go on a cultural-touristic journey will benefit from the service. The map includes authors, male and female, from the Middle Ages up to the present, in the standard language and in dialect, also taking account of current works.

Das Projekt stiftet auf moderne Weise Identität, es bündelt die literarische Kultur unserer Heimat und macht sie noch leichter erfahrbar.

("The project creates identity in a modern way; it pools the literary culture of our homeland, facilitating access and experience.")
Martin Sailer, President of the Bezirkstag (district council), is pleased.
Minister of the Arts Bernd Sibler agrees:
("DigiLABS visualises the multifaceted and rich literature landscape of Bavarian Swabia.")

DigiLABS führt uns vor Augen, wie vielfältig und reich die Literaturlandschaft Bayerisch-Schwabens ist.

First phase concluded, next step Oberallgäu
The first phase of the cooperation project supported by the District of Swabia between the Archive and Research Center for Literature from Swabia, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and the Verein Schwäbisches Literaturschloss Edelstetten e. V. (Association Swabian Literature Castle Edelstetten), covering the administrative district of the eastern Allgäu region (Ostallgäu), has been concluded now. The District of Swabia funded the heuristics and data collection, the project staff member Rosemarie Mair M.A. recorded the biographic and bibliographic data of the authors of the district Ostallgäu. The Literature Portal Bavaria, financially supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts and operated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, drew up the digital map and entered the data. The data collection for the district of the upper Allgäu region, Oberallgäu, is the next scheduled step.


The contact person for questions about the project is:
Prof. Klaus Wolf
German Literature and Language of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era, focusing on Bavaria
Universitätsstraße 10
86159 Augsburg
Room no. 4503
Phone  +49 821 598-4638
Fax  +49 821 598-5501

The contact person for questions about the Literature Portal Bavaria is:
Dr. Stephan Kellner
Head of the Division Bavarica
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
80328 Munich
Phone  +49 89 28638-2278

[Source: Press release of the District of Swabia]