German Imperial and Prussian Official Gazette online

The Deutscher Reichsanzeiger und Preußischer Staatsanzeiger (German Imperial Gazette and Prussian Official Gazette) appeared until April 1945 as the official press organ of the German Reich and Prussian State.
A digitisation project of the University Library of Mannheim makes the Official Gazette and its predecessors accessible online.
Using automatic text recognition, the scans were made machine-readable and can be searched in full text and browsed in a viewer.
The paper is a valuable source for legal and economic history issues: With the help of commercial register entries, patent applications and bankruptcy notices, data on persons and companies can be determined. The lists of casualties of the First World War were published in the Reichsanzeiger, as were the “lists of expatriates” of persons forcibly deprived of their citizenship in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1941.


Handschriftenportal – formerly known as Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Libraries often have valuable manuscript collections. However, one usually searches for them in vain, unless one already knows the shelf mark from secondary literature or a printed register. Handwritten books and other manuscripts are often not listed in the OPAC, because different rules apply to their cataloguing, which only fit into usual formats to a limited extent.

Not much easier is the search in special catalogues for manuscripts. After all, common search criteria such as title, author, publisher, year of publication and subject keyword can only be used with limitations for these very heterogeneous, unique materials.

The central database Manuscripta Mediaevalia provides an overview of manuscript collections in German-speaking countries. An alphabetical list of places leads to libraries and printed collection registers, some of which are accessible online in full text. A search field allows you to search for individual manuscripts. The hit list leads to the index entry, partly with initium/incipit (the first words of the manuscript or page) and naming of special features such as illustrations. In some cases, a detailed description with references, a transcript of the complete text and a link to the digitised version are also available. Functionality, design and accessibility of the offer need to be updated. A relaunch is planned for 2021, the project page of the new –> Handschriftenportal is already accessible.


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Machine learning requires the comparative analysis of data in as large a quantity and as high a quality as possible.
On this basis, automatic recognition of printed texts (OCR) has improved significantly in recent years. However, machine reading of handwritten texts (HCR) is still in its infancy. There is a lack of training data in the form of correct transcriptions with corresponding image sections of individual lines and terms.
Within the framework of source editions and indexing projects, larger text corpora are transcribed. Heterogeneous handwritten documents are, among other things, the subject of palaeography courses or individual local and family history studies. The Transkribus platform will collect the files and data required for the further development of HCR and generate text recognition models for individual languages and comparable writing styles.
In addition, the platform offers many useful functions for reading and editing various documents.