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Historic textbooks digitised at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research: "GEI-Digital" project continues.

By 2015 academics will have access to approximately one million digitised pages from historic textbooks dating from the seventeenth century.

„The second phase of GEI-Digital is underway: the project, which started in 2009, digitises textbooks from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century and makes them available as source materials to academia. With the support of the German Research Foundation the work can now continue until 2015. GEI-Digital facilitates and streamlines academic studies into social values, state policies of memory, and identity construction, as communicated through textbooks. School textbooks play an especially significant role in the creation of nation states. Textbooks for the "significant" subjects of history, geography and civics will be digitised.

By 2015 the project hopes to have digitised textbooks dating from the genesis of the national education system up to the end of the First World War. Textbooks that have already been processed by other libraries will be incorporated into GEI-Digital so that it will become a central, specialist portal for digitised historic textbooks.

Approximately 2,000 historic textbooks and valuable atlases from the German imperial period were digitised in the first phase of the project. This has produced a corpus of almost 350,000 pages of textbooks. The target for 2015 is approximately 4,000 digitised textbooks or around one million pages.

GEI-Digital is a long-term project which makes an important contribution to the field of ‘Digital Humanities’: a discipline that uses new research approaches to further develop the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the context of differentiated working and media environments.

GEI-Digital is a cooperation project. In addition to the GEI the participants are the Research Library for the History of Education at the German Institute for International Educational Research (BBF/DIPF) and the Gauß IT centre at the Technical University Braunschweig.

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