GEI-Digital is a long-term project and since its launch in summer 2009 one million pages of text and 4,300 historic textbooks have been digitised.
The 4,300 volumes and almost one million pages of historic textbooks that have been digitised since mid-2009 through the GEI-Digital project constitute an extensive collection of source materials available to historians, researchers and the wider public.
The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) recently purchased an old school atlas at an antiques market in the USA which proved to have a fascinating history.
Over the last three years GEI-Digital has been constantly expanding both in terms of the number of digitised volumes and in the scope of the digitised collection. Geography and history books from the German imperial period were the initial focus of the digitisation project but since 2013 the focus has shifted towards natural science books, history and geography textbooks as well as atlases for geography and history from the earliest days of textbook development in the seventeenth century up to 1871.
Since the historic textbook digitisation project GEI-Digital was launched in 2009 the team has digitised approximately 560,000 pages from over 3,000 volumes. By the end of the second project phase at least another 300,000 pages will have been digitised.
Selected examples from the GEI-Digital digitisation project have been included on Lower Saxonys cultural heritage internet site Kulturerbe Niedersachsen.
Following the successful digitisation between 2009 and 2012 of history textbooks and history atlases from the German imperial period, further collections are currently being made available online.
Secondary school pupils at the IGS Querum recently used digitised history textbooks from the German imperial period as resources during lessons.
The NDR television magazine programme "Hallo Niedersachsen" included a piece about the research library at the Georg Eckert Institute and the GEI-Digital digitisation project in its show on Tuesday 25 September 2012.
By 2015 academics will have access to approximately one million digitised pages from historic textbooks dating from the seventeenth century.
The digitisation of history textbooks from the German imperial period also includes digitising historical atlases from the same period. These will form a collection of their own.
The Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) provided 150 textbooks to be digitised as part of the project to digitise history textbooks from the German imperial period.
To complement the German imperial history textbooks that have been digitised through the GEI-Digital project, the Georg Eckert Institute research library...
The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) has contributed 130 volumes to be digitised as part of the GEI-Digital project processing history textbooks from the German imperial period.
The GEI-Digital project has digitised its 1,000th book: the project was launched in 2009 to digitise history textbooks from...
Holdings from the digital textbook library at the Georg Eckert Institute can now be accessed through the central register of digitised public works (ZVDD) where they are available as a separate collection.
The textbooks digitised within the GEI-Digital project are now available on the Europeana website.
During the latter half of this year the digitisation project GEI-Digital has been incorporating holdings from external libraries.
The Georg Eckert Institutes stand at the 48th Convention of German Historians (Deutschen Historikertag) in Berlin from 28 September to 1 October 2010 will feature the GEI-Digital project in an effort to introduce it to a wider public.
The first one hundred school history textbooks from the German imperial period (1871-1918) have now been digitised within the framework of the GEI-Digital project and made available online to researchers and the wider public.
The GEI-Digital project, launched in 2009 and supported by the DFG, is focussing initially on digitising the Institutes own collections.