Jörg Rogge and Simone Würz: The Digital Edition of the “Augsburger Baumeisterbücher” (1320-1466). Abstract #2 (random order)

“An exceptional source of supraregional importance is kept in the Augsburg City Archive. Named “Augsburger Baumeisterbücher” (BMB) after the councillors who administered the city´s accounts, nearly all budget expenditures and receipts from the Imperial City of Augsburg can be found in these financial records. With only a few gaps in tradition since 1320, the books are preserved until 1806 and possess extraordinary source material for multidisciplinary research such as economic and social history, the history of administration, and for questions concerning cultural history. The BMB provide extraordinary access to the urban culture of a late medieval Imperial City. Although they have already been analysed by several researchers, their full potential has not been exhausted as they have not been made accessible in a suitable way yet. Thanks to today´s technologies, they can now be edited and analysed in an appropriate and modern way.

The objective of this project is to make these sources available for research by editing their first annotated online edition. In a first step, the volumes from 1320 to 1466 will be prepared for presentation online. Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and in collaboration with the Augsburg City Archive, the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, the Digital Academy Mainz and the Mainz University Library, full-text transcriptions as well as digitized images of this source will be provided on the internet. A further aim of the project is to refine the technologies and methods applied and make them adaptable for other Digital Humanities projects.

The methodology of Digital Humanities is utilised in two ways. On the one hand, the medieval texts will be structured by using XML-based digital transcription tools. By indexing the names, places, and institutions, research on the huge amount of data will be facilitated. On the other hand, this type of processing enables the systematic, even automated, analysis of the structured data material. Being of immense density of tradition and providing similar contents over a long period of time, these records can, for example, be used to visualise wage or price developments.”

Contact:

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/FSP Historische Kulturwissenschaften
DFG-Projekt: Die Augsburger Baumeisterbücher: digitale Edition, Kommentar und Präsentation der mittelalterlichen Stadtrechnungen von 1320 bis 1466
E-Mail: bmb@uni-mainz.de

 

Presentation: Oct 23, 9.00-9.20 a.m., University of Regensburg, Großer Sitzungssaal des Philosophikums (PT 3.0.79) [PROGRAMME]

 

Picture credits: Augsburg, Hartmann Schedel´s “Weltchronik”, Nürnberg 1493  {{PD-old}} , via Wikimedia Commons


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