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Ongoing Projects

On this page, we present an overview of the projects currently in progress at the University and State Library.

Starting 2022

Specialised Information Service (FID) Middle Eastern, North African and Islamic Studies Phase 3

The FID Middle Eastern, North African and Islamic Studies is both regionally and subject-oriented. Regionally, it ensures the extensive supply of humanities, social, political, literary, and linguistic studies with research-relevant literature on Arabic-speaking North Africa and the Middle East, on Turkey and Iran, as well as on the Caucasus and Central Asia. It mostly attends to more traditional oriental subjects such as Arabic Studies, Iranian Studies, Turkish Studies, Armenian Studies and Caucasian Studies. In terms of subjects, it focuses primarily on the interest fields of Islamic Studies, Islamic Theology, and research on the Christian Orient.


Concerning acquisition and licensing, the FID focuses on providing hardly accessible literature written in the original languages of the MENA region. In addition to acquiring print media, the FID also negotiates licenses for databases containing original language materials from the MENA region, which are otherwise not freely accessible in Germany. Within this framework, it strives for the broadest possible access, such as national licenses. Thus, the open access repository MENAdoc offers researchers in Germany, but increasingly also from the MENA region, the opportunity to publish in Green but also Diamond Open Access. The FID further assumes the role of rights clearance and, if possible, the digitisation of publications previously only available in print as well as their following OA publication on MENAdoc.


In order to use the media provided, the FID is currently striving to implement Lukida in the present funding phase, a discovery system whose search space meets the philological and technical requirements of research in authentic script. The FID further supports projects in the area of research data management, especially regarding the fields of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, works out proposals for the standardisation of metadata and workflows in the field of Oriental Studies, and supplies the results and resulting requirements into the NFDI process. Moreover, in cooperation with a expert association, a more traditional subject-specific bibliography (Turkologischer Anzeiger) shall be continued as an online bibliography, for which purpose a special workflow needs to be created. Besides that, the FID Middle East, together with other FIDs of the Asia network, is involved in the improvement of the full text recognition (OCR) software for non-Latin scripts of Asia.


For systemising the exchange with the professional community and the various regional and professional FIDs, the FID Middle Eastern, North African and Islamic Studies regularly presents its services to a broad professional public by means of roadshows, newsletters, tweets, and online tutorials.

Starting 2021

ODEM: OCR-D for Mass Digitisation

The University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt has already been a partner for digitisation of VD18 holdings for many years. This project represents the step of this collection development, in which the 6.13 million pages are provided with full texts by using the tools developed in the OCR-D project phases.


The sheer amount of data and diversity of the holdings already indicate the project as a implementation of this software under real conditions: In mass digitisation, there is a large number of possible languages occuring as well as individual peculiarities in publications, which are now to be supplemented with full text and thus made more accessible with the help of the OCR-D tools, simultaneously being further developed and supplemented for this purpose. Since this involves holdings already digitised, especially updating and adapting the metadata in particular, the continued use of already existing information for the newly created output formats, such as metadata of structuring, proves to be a central aspect of this project.

Archival Finding Aids and Sources: "Indexation and Digitisation of the "Morbio" document collection"

Scope of the project is the basic indexation, catalogisation and digitisation of 3471 handwritten documents from the Morbio Collection as well as the presentation of these images as individual digital collection. A formal catalogisation based on the basic indexation of the content proves to be an integral part of the project, as is the editing and provision of the metadata for possible subsequent benefit and used for in-depth content indexation and embedding in research environments.

Digitisation of Historical Newspapers: "Society in Transition: Digitisation of Political Newspapers from the greater Halle-Merseburg Area"

In the context of the project, seven political newspapers published in the Halle-Merseburg region are to be digitised and made available in open access on the DINI-certified DSpace repository Share_it of the ULB Saxony-Anhalt. Simultaneously, the materials are indexed in the GBV catalogue, made visible via the discovery system Ha:Lit and delivered to the German Digital Library as well as to Europeana. In addition, the newspapers will be provided with increased accessability both through the use of an OCR process based on the open source software Tesseract and through fine-structuring the materials at the individual issue level (basic standard level 2).