Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange, Mitarbeiterin: Meike Jens

Förderung: EU; Volumen: 27.000 EUR ­; ­Laufzeit: 2007-2010
FörderNr.: 134051-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-ERASMUS-EVC


The main objective of the project, which compasses partners from six European countries, is to build the History On Line Portal. This portal aims at facilitating the availability and reproduction of historical sources and interpretative materials. Concretely, this is to be done by the construction of databases by each partner and by specific research engines.

The tasks for the Department of Civic Education at the Carl von Ossietzky University are:

a) Building a first database which consist of “classics of civic education”. We will scan in total 11 books and prepare the scans with special software in a way that our Italian partner Easy Technology can do the final work on these scans in order to provide them for ICT use by different target groups: scientific personnel, students and laities. For the latter two of these target groups in particular, each partner has to build a second database.

b) This database will contain caricatures from the beginning of the 20th century and an essay which refers to these pieces of political expression. Whereas the first database serves as an information source, the second database will be a training package allowing students and laities to be enabled to read the current sources (caricatures; abstracts which were used as sources for the essay) and compare them with what is addressed in the essay. Therefore the second database is a guide for the development of innovative methodologies of history analysis and writing.

In summary, the History On Line Portal provides instruments to help experts and non-experts to use the sources of online guides for searching for and studying history.

Expected results:

    Availability of a complete collection of sources, didactic materials and specific research and analysis tools for the interpretation and description of history.
    Availability of flexible educational packages focusing on exploitation of multimedia potential in order to link their interpretation of the sources used to reconstruct history events, to the availability of the sources themselves, allowing readers to autonomously form their own personal interpretation of the historical event.
    Creation and testing of an educational package focused on experimenting with a methodology of cooperative online writing of history, in order to enhance a mutual reflection at European level that starting from the different countries perspectives, arrives at the definition of an agreed interpretation of European history.