The »Polytechnische Journal«

The schedule for digitizing Dingler's »Polytechnisches Journal« (1820–1931) has been set to four years. Access provided to Dingler-Online — this important European wide historical source of knowledge, culture, and technology — will be absolutely free of charge. This is a project of the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


The source material covers 375 Volumes with more than 200.000 pages, approximately 280 million characters and about 3.500 illustrations and 3.600 plates. The Institut für Kulturwissenschaft at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin acts in cooperation with  Sächsische Landesbibliothek Dresden (SLUB) and an experienced service provider for digitization, Editura GmbH.


Our online-version is going to redefine the relationship between text and image by connecting each reference directly to the corresponding image. Different search-options will help to make visible how the journal meanders between science and knowledge, between explicit and tacit knowledge. Articles published in Dingler’s journal can serve as an example for the emergence of culture with a technical background. They illuminate the recursive relationship between culture and nature. By encoding the OCRed text consequently according to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines TEI-P5, it is possible to offer a userfriendly database with a lot of surplus compared to the solely analogue published version. Digitization will allow a complete new way of reading the journals' content.