Research Project

Swiss National Museum - Online collection

The online collection is a presentation platform of the collections of the Swiss National Museum.

Descriptions of the collection areas as well as images of numerous collection highlights and additional collection objects are available online.

The Bodmer Lab - A Digital World Literature

La Fondation Martin Bodmer conserve une exceptionnelle collection de documents écrits, des premières traces de l’écriture jusqu’à nos jours, rassemblés comme les témoins les plus marquants de la littérature mondiale. Le Bodmer Lab met la technologie numérique et des instruments informatiques innovants au service d’une recherche sur la structure de cette archive de l’esprit humain.

L’accent mis dans ce projet sur l’idée de « littérature mondiale » tranche à sa manière une série de dilemmes récurrents au sein des humanités numériques. La préférence est tout d’abord donnée à une numérisation attentive à la structure même de la collection Bodmer (smart data), plutôt qu’à une numérisation exhaustive (big data) qui inclurait tout ce que compte le catalogue du fonds. On se limitera en effet à quelques ensembles significatifs, les plus susceptibles d’intéresser les chercheurs : par exemple la série des variations sur le thème de Faust, qui compte près de mille titres ; l’exceptionnelle collection des éditions de Shakespeare ; les quelques centaines d’incunables ; la série des autographes d’écrivains, dont beaucoup sont inédits.

Timeline of Historical Film Colors

Timeline of Historical Film Colors offers a database of historical film colours and documentation about its processes. The database contains more than 290 entries and connects historical and bibliographical information with primary resources from more than 400 scanned frames.

Stiftung für Orts- und Flurnamen-Forschung Baselland


Ziel der Stiftung für Orts- und Flurnamen-Forschung Baselland ist die Erarbeitung eines wissenschaftlichen Gesamtwerks über die Orts- und Flurnamen des Kantons Basel-Landschaft. Zudem erteilt die Forschungsstelle Auskünfte und stellt Information zum Thema Orts- und Flurnamen zur Verfügung.

Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (ICE) - Final Report

The mission of the "Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War" (ICE) was to investigate the volume and fate of assets moved to Switzerland before, during and immediately after the Second World War.

The Final Report and a summary of the Final Report are online available.

Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777)

This website is intended to serve as a platform for all who are interested in Haller and his times.

It offers an abundantly illustrated introduction to Haller’s life and work, information about the principal fields of endeavour in which he was engaged, insights into past and present research, and an index of the large body of Haller’s original writings available online.

The Swiss polymath Albrecht von Haller (1708–1777) was one of the central figures of the century of the Enlightenment. As a poet and scholar, physician and botanist, collector and encyclopaedist, university professor and experimental researcher, society president and correspondent, renowned author and influential reviewer, magistrate and orthodox Christian, he reflects many of the intellectual movements, events, and conditions of his time.

Passe-Partout - International Bank of Printers' Ornaments

The aim of Passe-Partout is to make available to researchers in the field of book history an international database of printers' ornaments.

Built around archives of locally-provided data, Passe-Partout operates on the non-profit basis of exchange and cooperation.

All users can freely consult the database of ornaments and make use of the information they find.

td-net - Network for Transdisciplinary Research


td-net is a network for the promotion of trans-disciplinary orientation in various areas of research.

The database Bibliography Transdicsciplinarity contains literature in the field of transdisciplinary research.

Repertorium academicum germanicum (RAG) - The Graduated Scholars of the Holy Roman Empire between 1250 and 1550

The website of the research project Repertorium academicum germanicum (RAG) - The Graduated Scholars of the Holy Roman Empire between 1250 and 1550 offers information about the projects and the publications as well as a database with biographic information on the scholars of the Empire between 1250 and 1550 an the Atlas of Scholars.

The RAG’s task is to collect biographical and social data on those Theologians, Jurists, Physicians, and Masters of Arts, who studied at a university between 1250 and 1550. The information is entered into a prosopographic database that will eventually cover the whole of the Holy Roman Empire. Non-graduated noble visitors of universities are also being taken into account. The RAG, which in the end will be a “who is who” of the scholars of the Old Empire, offers divers new, even interdisciplinary, perspectives due to its vast collection of data. Qualitative and quantitative statements on the intellectual elite of the Empire, their European networks, as well as institutional and territorial comparisons will be possible. Thus the scholars' role in pre-modern society can be described on a firm empirical basis and explained within the framework of modern educational research, with special reference to social, cultural, and scientific history. 45.000 to 50.000 scholars are to be expected.

Zurich Paracelsus Project

The Paracelsus Project collects the microfilms of important manuscripts of Theophrastus of Hohenheim (1493/94-1541), called Paracelsus, records the texts electronically an analyses them according to various criteria.

The project concentrates on the edition of Paracelsus’s Theological Works and the Paracelsus Dictionary.

Selected works of the Huser edition, the Sudhoff edition and sample texts are online available.


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