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T
OWARD AN
E
MBLEM
P
ORTAL
: L
OCAL AND
G
LOBAL
P
ORTAL
C
ONSTRUCTION
Mara R. Wade
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and in the Programs for Comparative
Literature, Cinema Studies,Women's Studies, and Jewish Culture and Society, University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, mwade@uiuc.edu
Abstract:
This paper presents a general overview of three topics: 1) of the development of the collabo-
rative project for the digitization of German emblems between the Library of the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB),
Wolfenbüttel, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; 2) of portal develop-
ment and kinds of portals; and 3) suggestions for an emblem portal. It concludes with a
brief description of the OpenEmblem portal hosted by the UIUC.
Keywords:
German emblems, portal, early modern literature.
I n t ro d u c t i o n
A
t the emblem digitization conference organized by Alison Adams in June 2001 in Glas-
gow, I first suggested developing an emblem portal and presented preliminary ideas
about how the research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC) wanted to approach the issue.
1
At the International Emblem Conference in 2002 in La
Coruña, Spain, European colleagues discussed the establishment of an emblem portal providing
access to our current digital projects, resulting in the working paper, "European Emblem Portal
Discussion" by Peter Boot et al from October 2002.
2
At that same conference Angeles S. Places
and Nieves Rodriguez Brisaboa presented technical suggestions and solutions for linking data
from, and integrating access to, three libraries involved in the Spanish Literature of the Golden
Age in the Internet.
3
The efforts to realize international co-operative efforts at digitizing emblems took a further
step forward, when, in the Autumn of 2002,Thomas Stäcker, Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB),
Wolfenbüttel, and I were awarded a TRANSCOOP grant from the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation to work jointly on the digitization of German emblem books.The TRANSCOOP
program funds former Humboldt recipients to partner with their German host institutions to
develop collaborative research projects.
4
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation generously
funded the UIUC/HAB project "Emblematica On-Line" for 45,000 Euros over three years.The
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, the
College of Literature,Arts, and Sciences, the University Library, and the Department of Germanic
Languages and Literatures) provided matching funds for the project which involves six scholars
from the two institutions.This generous funding not only supported the conference from which
the papers in this volume of DigiCULT originated, but also allowed the two research teams from
UIUC (Tom Kilton, Nuala Koetter, Beth Sandore, Mara Wade) and the HAB (Thomas Stäcker,
Andrea Opitz) to have an on-site research visit at the UIUC in February 2003 and a pre-con-
ference site visit at the HAB in September 2003. During the February 2003 HAB-UIUC on-
1
http://www.emblems.arts.gla.ac.
uk/SES/workshop.htm.
2
See Peter Boot,"European
Emblem Portal Discussion Paper,"
October 2002. I want to thank Peter
Boot for providing me with a copy
of this document.
3
See the contribution by Sagrario
López Poza et al in the present vol-
ume of DigiCULT. See also the web-
site for their project: http://rosalia.
dc.fi.udc.es/emblematica/.
4
http://www.avh.de/en/pro
gramme/stp_aus/transcoop.htm.
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