The internet portal OstDok – Osteuropa-Dokumente online (OstDok – Online Documents on Eastern Europe), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), provides free access to academic texts and documents in the field of East and Southeast European studies. With its focus on the history, politics, and culture of East, East-Central, and Southeast European countries, OstDok is the central platform for full texts that are electronically available. It supports both scholars and a broader public in their search for information of relevance to Eastern Europe. OstDok also promotes electronic publications in East European studies in Germany. OstDok is currently under construction and will be continuously expanded.
As a partner project of FID Osteuropa, OstDok contributes to the further expansion of the information infrastructure in East European studies and provides the following services:
- Specialist repository of retro-digitized publications in open access. Keyword and full text search enable quick access to all texts—without registration or ordering fees. In particular, the IOS makes titles from out-of-stock series accessible again (publications by the East European Institute in Munich, Schriften zur Geistesgeschichte des östlichen Europa [Publications on the Intellectual History of Eastern Europe], Südosteuropäische Arbeiten [Southeast European Works], and others).
- Portal for retro-digitized academic journals (Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas [Yearbooks for the History of Eastern Europe], Südost-Forschungen [Southeast Studies], Russia Mediaevalis, and others).
- Development of two digital series. The DigiOst series is a channel for original digital publications (primarily outstanding edited volumes) in East European Studies, which have been subjected to a peer-review process; distinguished theses by young scholars submitted as a component of an academic qualification are published as part of the series Graduiertenschriften (Postgraduate Publications) under the supervision of the Collegium Carolinum.
- Thematic portals provide interested parties with an introduction to and guidance on complex, topical issues in the field of historical research on Eastern Europe. To this end, the project partners are developing modules for projects on the subjects of the Balkan Wars 1912/1913, World War I in Eastern and Southeastern Europe / East Borders,and Jan Hus. The thematic portals are accessible via VifaOst.
- Digital reference collection of standard works in high demand in the field of East European Studies.
- Contributions from the Scientific Network ‟Integration und Desintegration: Zur Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des Osteuropäischen Sports im internationalen Vergleich” (Integration and Dis-Integration: On the Social and Cultural History of East European Sports in International Comparison) are put online as part of the Handbuch der Sportgeschichte Osteuropas (Handbook on the History of Sports in East Europe). The publication is overseen by the University of Bonn’s Department of Eastern European History and funded by the DFG.
Four institutions have combined their expertise in order to ensure the quality of the range of information on offer:
- The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek coordinates the OstDok project, implements the technical setup, and makes its Eastern Europe collection available.
- The Collegium Carolinum in Munich provides materials on the Czech Republic and Slovakia (including the publication series Veröffentlichungen des Collegium Carolinum [Collegium Carolinum Publications] and Bad Wiesseer Tagungen [Bad Wiessee Conferences] as well as the research proposals for the annual Conference of Experts on Bohemia) and supervises the digital series Graduierungsschriften.
- The Herder-Institut Marburg contributes publications on the East-Central European region (Poland, the Baltic states, Sorbica) to OstDok, including the Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung (Journal for East-Central European Studies) and the renowned series Materialien und Forschungen zur Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung (Materials and Research on East-Central European Studies).
- The contribution of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies Regensburg to OstDok comprises its own publications on the entire East and Southeast European region. The Institute is also responsible for two thematic portals and is involved in the publication of the DigiOst series.
Hans Bauer, M. A.
Open Access Officer