IT in the Library and the Photographic collection

Since 2015 the online platform LUPA lists the publications digitized by the Bibliotheca Hertziana, exploits passages from texts and illustrations of Roman monuments and visualizes the position of the monuments on a map. It is linked to ZUCCARO, to the RARA-Viewer and to other platforms.

Project director: Dr. Andreas Thielemann †, Dr. Sonja Kobold, supported by Dr. Klaus Werner


The Bibliotheca Hertziana has been digitising its holdings of rare books since 2005. The scans are either made in-house by means of the »Wolfenbüttel Book Reflector« or commissioned from specialist firms. Structural data are indexed on the basis of TEI and linked to OPAC bibliographical data and further information in ZUCCARO. The Web consultation environment permits »faceted browsing«, full-text search, statistical information retrieval and an ad hoc conversion into the TEI and METS/MODS formats for the DFG Viewer. Data format, working environment, workflow and viewer are developed in cooperation with three other Max Planck institutes and the Max Planck Digital Library as part of the Digitization Lifecycle project. The database management system used is eXist, a native XML database.

Project director: Dr. Andreas Thielemann , supported by Dr. Martin Raspe, Dr. Klaus Werner


In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Aquila in 2009 the Hertziana published a digitised edition of Otto Lehmann-Brockhaus’s ground-breaking book Abruzzen und Molise. Kunst und Geschichte. The text was indexed on the basis of TEI. Locations and monuments are indexed and linked to Google Maps, Flickr, Wikipedia and other Web resources. Text and data are stored in an eXist database. The book can be read on a specially developed Web viewer.

Project director: Dr. Andreas Thielemann , supported by Sarah Bianco


Online consultation environment for the digital facsimile of Alhacen’s Liber de aspectibus et vocatur prospectiva (Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, Ms 1393), a late fourteenth-century manuscript copy of Alhacen’s treatise on the subject of optics. The structural data were indexed on the basis of TEI. They are stored in an eXist database and can be consulted via a Web interface. Further digital editions of the same text are planned.

Project director: Dr. Andreas Thielemann


The open source catalogue of the Hertziana photographic collection has been online since 2007. The extremely hierarchically structured MIDAS data were entered into the HIDA and APS (since 2017) database system, converted to XML and stored in an eXist database.  A relaunch was presented 2012. The latest version 2.3.4. shows free available photos with Zoomify, Intranet scans of the Gernsheim Corpus with IIIF/digilib and contains augmented exports from the APS database.

MIDAS | HIDA | APS | eXist-db | digilib | IIIF | Zoomify

Director: Dr. Johannes Röll, data processing: Christoph Glorius, M. A.