Projects of the University Library

Our projects aim at improving our services for studying, research and teaching.

We realize our projects with the support of research funders such as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) or by using our own funds. In this way, we can, for instance, advance our digital research library.

Current Projects

Business and Economic Research Data Center (BERD-NFDI) 

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) | Funding period: 2021–2026

BERD@NFDI aims to develop and disseminate transparent, open and innovative standards and tools to manage unstructured (“big”) data and to combine and connect them with structured data in economics, business and related research fields. BERD@NFDI builds a consortium of partners from Business Studies, Economics and related fields, integrating expertise from both research and infrastructure. This network aims to contribute to the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).

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OCR-D: Integration of Kitodo and OCR-D for productive mass digitization

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) | Funding period: 2021–2023

The project integrates OCR-D with Kitodo for use on a web server for distributed operation and to display full texts in the DFG Viewer. Project partners are the Saxon State and University Library (SLUB) Dresden and the University Library Braunschweig.

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OCR-D: Workflow for work-specific training based on generic models with OCR-D as well as ground truth enhancement

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) | Funding period: 2021–2023

The goal of this project is to enable institutions (for example, libraries) to retrain the modules of the OCR-D workflow as easily as possible so that better recognition rates can be achieved for specific works.

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Business and Economic Research Data Center (BERD-BW)

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg | Funding period: 2019–2022

The Business and Economic Research Data Center (BERD-BW) establishes a competence center for data availability, data exchange and data analysis in economics and business administration. BERD-BW is a joint project of partners at the University of Mannheim and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). It is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg.

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Deutscher Reichsanzeiger

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) | Funding period: 2019–2022

The project works on articles that have been digitized partly, digitizes missing pages and improves the full-text recognition of the newspaper.

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OCR-BW – Kompetenzzentrum OCR (OCR competence center of the university libraries in Mannheim and Tübingen)

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg | Funding period: 2019–2021

The OCR-BW projects supports archives, libraries and other institutions in Baden-Württemberg when using automatic character recognition and transcription software.

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Bibliothekskooperation Mannheim (Mannheim library cooperation)

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg | Funding period: 2019–2021

The libraries of the University of Mannheim, the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim are working together to create new learning rooms for their users, expand their training offers and to facilitate mutual access to their services. The cooperation project of the libraries in Mannheim is one of 15 selected projects of the funding program “BW-BigDIWA – Wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken gestalten den digitalen Wandel” (academic libraries shaping digital transformation) which is unique in Germany.

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Indexing the estate of Desbillons

Funded by Stiftung Kulturgut Baden-Württemberg | Funding period: 2018–2020

In this project, the handwritten estate of the French Jesuit priest and universal scholar François-Joseph Terrasse Desbillons is indexed and made available.

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Completed projects