ners, and early graphics software, began envisioning a digitally enhanced scholarship.The third
phase now will be characterised by a common framework that allows for collaborative digitiza-
tion on the basis of shared standards, ensuring high interoperability and, increasingly, integrated
access to a growing corpus of digitized European emblem books, also providing new tools for
studying emblems and exchanging new knowledge.
Together with specialised research in other domains, the emblem community clearly has made
it at the forefront of digitally enhanced scholarship in the Arts & Humanities.We wish them all
the best in achieving the far reaching goals they have set themselves for the present and future
phases of emblem digitization.
Finally, it is our aim that readers of this DigiCULT Special Publication will find valuable infor-
mation as well as encouragement for their own projects in digitizing cultural heritage resources
and digitally enhanced scholarship.
The entire group of some dozen scholars from eight international institutions and six coun-
tries would like to express their gratitude to the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation for fund-
ing, the Herzog August Bibliothek for hosting, and DigiCULT for publishing the extremely
productive results of our working conference.
Moreover, Dietmar Peil would like to express his thanks to Marshall Billings, cand. phil. from
the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign, for translating his contribution from German into English. Mara Wade wishes to
extend her special thanks to her Research Assistant from the Department of Germanic Languages
and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carsten Wilmes, M.A., for his
help in preparing this volume for publication.Additional thanks go to the Research Board of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a grant for a Research Assistant and a new com-
puter in part in conjunction with this project.
Finally, Mara Wade wishes particularly to thank everyone involved in this project for making
the publication of these essays a collegial process that reflects the energizing working structure of
this very special group of scholars.
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