Ostdok and Osmikon

OstDok (Osteuropa-Dokumente online), which, as part of the multidisciplinary research portal osmikon (the research portal for Eastern, East Central and South-eastern Europe), forms a central open access and publication platform for interdisciplinary research on Eastern, East Central and South-eastern Europe. Among other services, the platform allows researchers to access extensive electronic resources, including a wide gamut of specialist journals, allowing full-text searches, to search a large number of specialist library catalogues and databases, and provides access free of charge to digital source collections and databases normally subject to a fee. In addition, the system allows researchers to discover more about research data management and to publish their own primary research data digitally. The projects integrated into osmikon include OstDok (Osteuropa-Dokumente online), ARTOS (which contains articles and reviews on Eastern, East Central and South-eastern Europe) and OSTNET (a catalogue of internet resources on Eastern, East Central and South-eastern Europe).

Collegium Carolinum participates as a co-sponsor of the project, providing an extensive range of digital offerings, including the Publication series of Collegium Carolinum, the Bad Wiesseer Tagungen and the Veröffentlichungen der Deutsch-Tschechischen und Deutsch-Slowakischen Historikerkommission. The latest volumes of these series are published in the form of hybrid publications after a three-year embargo period.

The Ortslexikon der böhmischen Länder 1910–1965, 2nd Edition, Munich 1995, was digitized in 2018. This local lexicon contains the official names and the place on the administrative hierarchy of all municipalities and wards of the Czech Republic and of the historical lands of Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia. This volume is now available online under an open access regime (urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00111920-2): its entire content is now searchable and it can be downloaded in its entirety in PDF form.

There are two options available for researchers in relation to online publications: Books that have already been published can be re-published online using what we call the Grüne Weg (the “Green Channel”). Alternatively, the Goldene Weg (the “Gold Channel”) is the path one needs to take in order to publish academic works as fully-fledged online texts. Our digital series of post-graduate papers and our DigiOst hybrid series are currently available for this purpose.

Project partners: Collegium Carolinum, the Herder-Institut at Marburg, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg and the Bavarian State Library in Munich

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

(funding now complete)

Contact: Arpine Maniero (arpine.maniero[at]collegium-carolinum.de)