Czmiel, Alexander; Lawo, Mathias: Monumenta Germaniae Historica – ‚Constitutiones’ Online – a Work in Progress

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The Berlin department of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, hosted at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, is working on the MGH-subseries ‚Constitutiones et acta publica imperatorum et regum’. The remaining documents to be edited (above all more than 8 000 imperial charters) will concern the constitutional development of the medieval Empire during the years 1331–1347 and 1357–1378 of emperors Lewis IV and Charles IV.
The paper to be presented arises from close cooperation between medievalists and digital humanities specialists. It will outline the diplomatic possibilities and technological problems one may encounter when offering medieval charters online in a digital scholarly research environment. The online presentation aims to provide access to the full-texts of the charters to simplify and to improve diplomatic research as well as to offer solutions for new research questions. It will show the handling of special characters and demonstrate normalized search techniques. As an alternative visualization option every charter is put on a map and a time-line. The digital edition of the MGH charters is based on the guidelines of the Charters Encoding Initiative (CEI). It can currently be found at as a snapshot of work in progress and will be transferred to a production server before conference time.

Alexander Czmiel

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
“Telota – The electronic life of the Academy”
Berlin  – eMail: –

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