Working Group for "German professor catalogue" decides developing a comprehensive historical research system

The working group "German professor catalogue" held a workshop on 18th of January at the University of Leipzig. The group is represented by scientists from Leipzig professor catalogue and sibling projects of other German universities. The most important decision was to work on a joint application for a first three-year externally funded project to develop a common "German professor catalogue" from the Reformation to the present. Cooperation partner of the University of Leipzig, are the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, the University of Rostock and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. The Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel is providing the professor catalogue of the former University of Helmstedt. The aim of the project is to integrate data of the participating institutions. The professor catalogues of individual universities remain local and scientific search can be made from a common search system.

As academic career paths in the past, usually led through several stages, the new catalogue will provide a variety of stimuli for the history of science research. Thus, historians trace in future vocation paths, historic landscapes formation or development of academic disciplines. Furthermore, the data can be linked with other biographical resources on the Internet, about the New German Biography, various biographical regional portals and the bibliographic data of the German National Library. This networking will lead to a significant simplification of research and highlighting the not yet visible connections.

In Leipzig in 2006, a team of historians of the chair of Modern History and computer scientists from the "Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web" research group started the Leipzig professor catalog "Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensium". This all Leipzig professors recognized since the founding of the University in 1409 and documented their career and their academic achievements.

Professor at the German catalogue initiative also works the team of Prof. Dr. Oliver Auge of the Department of Regional History with emphasis on the history of Schleswig-Holstein in the Middle Ages and early modern times, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. These give rise to the 350-year anniversary of the founding of the university in 2015, an online catalogue of all the professors of the period 1919-1965. Founded in 1419 the University of Rostock took their upcoming anniversary as an opportunity to develop a catalogue of all their professors (Catalogus Professorum Rostochiensium), which is mostly already online. The Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel owns a large part of the tradition of the former University of Helmstedt and offers a portal with information about professors, courses, students and university publications of the once busy university.

The "German professor catalogue" should form the central prosopographical platform for the German higher education landscape of the modern era.

Contacts are

Websites the professor catalogues:

The planed catalogue:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main Building
September, 14th 2011 - September, 15th  2011

The conference .hist 2011 – Geschichte im digitalen Wandel is hosted by H-Soz-u-Kult and Clio-online, together with L.I.S.A. - The science portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

As part of the workshop report, "Networked Knowledge / Semantic Web", I will present current research of our group.


The research group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) at the University of Leipzig is dealing with methods for agile knowledge engineering and semantic integration of information on the web. Based on the Wikipedia extraction DBpedia the expanding of the Linked Open Data Cloud is on the main focus of our current research (LOD2). The semantic data-based Wiki OntoWiki, developed by the AKSW group is a basic tool for the publication of semantic information. OntoWiki is already used for historical scientific projects. One of this is the Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensis. In this workshop report, the collaborative development of an ontology, the collaborative information gathering and publishing of data with the help of OntoWiki is presented on the example of the Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensis.

Program on September, 14th

13:30-14:30 Keynote

  • Stefan Münker (Humboldt University Berlin): Beyond the technology. To the status quo of digital change


  • Section 1: Virtual Research Studies and History 2.0
  • Workshop Reports I: "Networked Knowledge / Semantic Web"


  • Panel I: "History and its Digital Professional Information: What facilities do the historical sciences?"

Evening Reception from 19:00

Program on September, 15th


  • Section 2: Source Criticism and Digital Data Driven Histor
  • Workshop II report: "Virtual Research Environments"


  • Section 3: Mediumship and narrativity
  • Workshop III reports: "Technical information for the historical sciences"


  • Section 4: shifting boundaries between science and public
  • Workshop IV reports: "Information Infrastructures for the historical sciences"


  • Panel II: "History and its digital media coverage: What media skills do historians / inside?"

18:00 End of event

At this year Leipzig Book Fair from 17/03 to 20/03/2011, the edited volume “Catalogus Professorum Lispsiensis. Konzeption, technische Umsetzung und Anwendungen für Professorenkataloge im Semantic Web” will be part of the presentation of scientific publications of the University of Leipzig. One of the editors, Thomas Riechert, is at the 20/03/2011 from 10 to 12 clock present at G201/H200 (Hall 3). Appointments my be arranged in advance by e-mail ( or by phone ( 0341 97 32323).

ISWC Best Paper Award

Our paper on the professor catalog of the University of Leipzig Knowledge Engineering for Historians on the Example of the Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensis was awarded the Best In-Use Paper Price.
The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is the most important international forum, which presents the latest research findings and technical innovations to all aspects of the Semantic Web. The acceptance rates for papers have been this year 20% in the research track and 26% in the in-use track.

Within the scope of the research of the Chair of Newer and Newest History to the celebration of 600 anniversary the University of Leipzig, information was collected about more than 1300 professors.

For historians it is not possible just to use knowledge engineering systems oder databases if the technology is not established for it. From this Situation the research group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) of the Institute of Informatics and the Chair of Newer and Newest History at the Historical Seminar of the University of Leipzig started a cooperation in 2007.

The Project is based on Semantic Web technologies and uses a methodology based on wiki concepts.

As a future-oriented knowledge engineering project the Leipzig professor catalog will be presented at the 9th International Semantic Web Conference. The world's most important semantic web conference takes place from 7 to 11 November in Shanghai. Thomas Riechert member of the AKSW Research Group will be present the catalog in China.

The five-yearly "International Congress of Historical Sciences" will be held in 2010 in Amsterdam. The comprehensive program also includes a "Sub-Conference of the International Commission for the History of Universities", Utrecht. Prof. Dr. Leen Dorsman of interdisciplinary, scientific historical Descartes Centre of the University of Utrecht on 23 invites August 2010 to a colloquium on "Discipline Formation and the Universities". Christian Augustin is an example of the Leipzig professor catalog to refer to selected aspects of the development of scientific disciplines, of course, including the fantastic research facilities in Leipzig next project "course catalogs as sources disciplinary science organized by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Johannes Schneider

At the conference "Digital Science 2010" in Cologne - 20-21. September will be presented to the professor in the session catalog D "Semantic Web". The event brings IT-savvy social scientists and those who want to be with Humanities-affinity technology scientists and those who want to be together. Christian Augustin and Ulf Morgenstern will present the catalog in a Lightening Talk and explore cooperation opportunities with other projects.

All entries in the catalog are a professor now in a nice printable version. Each entry is found for it in the line above the header with the professor name or abbreviation at the bottom of the PDF. Just click and a PDF is created. At the end, each a citation for the article.