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Zeitgeschichte Open | © BSB/W. Herr, B. Kroll

The Center for Electronic Publishing (ZEP) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has activated a document server on contemporary history – for the time being in a beta version – in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ). Many publications of the IfZ are accessible here in the open-access format as of now.

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Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | © Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Since July 2019, researchers have been enabled obtain access to the extensive source database "Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War" following individual registration with the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies.

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Neuerwerbungen | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The services for recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been technically and functionally modernized as of 1 July 2019. For the subject areas of historical and classical studies, music and Eastern Europe, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now offers three new services on topical books and other new acquisitions forming part of its collections.

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Logbuch von Sir Francis Drakes letzter Reise (1595/96) mit Transkription lesbar im Bild eingeblendet | © BSB/Cod.angl. 2

Using the English-language manuscript Cod.angl. 2 as an example, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek demonstrates the innovative features of the technology of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF, pronounced as "triple I F") in a pilot project: In the digitized image, the text of the handwritten logbook entries from the 16th century is laid over the image accurately, and can thus be read line by line in modern script (transcript).

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Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History (Abbildung aus der Flyerinformation zur Datenbank) | © Adam Matthew Digital

In cooperation with the University Library of Constance, the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers the two databases "Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice" and "Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History" of the provider Adam Matthew Digital to everybody interested as of now.

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