The current activities of Heidelberg University Library in the field of electronic publishing focus on the further development of dynamic and collaborative publishing options. It should be possible to link structured scientific texts with images, maps or 3D visualisations ("living books"). With ontology-based data storage in a triple store, research results are available worldwide for linking with other data repositories using linked data.
This format is being prototypically tested with the provision of a publication platform for digital catalogues raisonnés. The concrete implementation will take place in cooperation with the Institute for Art History Regensburg for the eminent Swiss painter, art theorist and Bauhaus master Johannes Itten (1888-1967), for the painter Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779) and from mid-2020 in a cooperation with Albrecht Dürer’s House in Nuremberg with a digital catalog raisonné of Albrecht Dürer.
The software WissKI, developed with funding from the DFG and based on the content management system DRUPAL, is used. Its semantic ontology model provides for the use of CIDOC-CRM (ISO standard 21127), but also project-specific application ontologies. Controlled vocabularies and normative data (GND, Getty-Thesauri, etc.) are incorporated.
This web-based and collaborative way of working and publishing and the multiple connections between image and text create new possibilities for visualizing and disseminating current research results compared to previous print publications, but can also serve as a basis for printed publications.