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cor­re­spSearch, entwick­elt an der Berlin-Bran­den­bur­gis­chen Akademie der Wis­senschaften, ermöglicht die Suche in den Dat­en zu über 100.000 Briefen nach Absender:innen, Adressat:innen, Orten und Brief­da­tum.

Let­ters are con­sid­ered some of the most valu­able sources for his­tor­i­cal research. Not only does their con­tent cov­er a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent themes, events, per­sons, etc., but let­ters also depict net­works between peo­ple.

Yet due to edi­to­r­i­al and prac­ti­cal rea­sons his­tor­i­cal let­ters are gen­er­al­ly only par­tial­ly edited—focusing often only on one per­son or on the cor­re­spon­dence between two per­sons. In order to address ques­tions on top­ics like rela­tion­ship net­works, it is nec­es­sary to do elab­o­rate research using mul­ti­ple edi­tions of let­ters. This chal­lenge has been long rec­og­nized in the aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty.

The web ser­vice ‘cor­re­spSearch’ takes a step in this direc­tion, col­lect­ing the let­ter meta­da­ta from sep­a­rate edi­tions and repos­i­to­ries and mak­ing the data avail­able through open inter­faces, based on the foun­da­tions of TEI-XML and under a free license. Through this ser­vice the index­es of dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal and print let­ter edi­tions can be quick­ly and eas­i­ly searched accord­ing to sender, addressee, writ­ing loca­tion, and date.

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cor­re­spSearch ist auch auf Twit­ter vertreten.

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