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A new look for GEI-Digital with additional functions

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.

An update of the Intranda Viewer, the display interface for GEI-Digital, enabled an even more attractive design for the project’s website and the addition of new functions. Users can now view images and short descriptions of the various collections on the homepage.

The newly expanded search options are a great improvement. Users can now combine searches in one or more collections according to specific criteria: for example author, title or publisher.

The extensive volume of digitised material (over 3,500 digitised books and 770,000 scanned pages) may lead to large numbers of search results. In order for users to quickly access their desired content, the display interface provides a faceted search option with which search results can be filtered according to collection, publisher, place of publication and category.

GEI-Digital has improved its screen navigation for mobile devices and a newly introduced page view allows an improved overview of the digitised content. In an attempt to further advance the use of digitised textbooks for researchers GEI-Digital is significantly expanding the OAI-PMH interface: full-text searches of the digitised content are now possible in addition to metadata and structure data searches. This makes it easier for researchers and academics to find relevant works and to employ analytical tools, such as those common in the digital humanities.

Initial evaluations of website statistics have revealed an increase in user numbers to the Georg Eckert Institute’s digital textbook collection since the introduction of the new display interface in the autumn of 2014.

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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