The Goethe Dictionary Online

Tischbein Goethe in der Campana

Project Management: Dr. Undine Kramer  (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin) · PD Dr. Michael Niedermeier  (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin) · Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin · Dr Thomas Burch  (Universität Trier - Trier Center for Digital Humanities (TCDH)) · Universität Trier - Trier Center for Digital Humanities (TCDH)

Project Participants: Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften · Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin · Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen · Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften · Verlag Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

Sponsors: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Running time: -

Contact person (TCDH): Dr Thomas Burch; Dr Claudia Bamberg

Research Area: Software Systems and Research Infrastructure, Digital Edition and Lexicography

Keywords: Retro Digitization, TUSTEP, Academy Project


Website of the Project: The Goethe Dictionary Online

The Goethe Dictionary (GWb), which has been published since 1966, is one of the most renowned German lexicographical endeavors. Based on the complete works of Goethe, with around 90,000 headwords, it offers a systematic insight into the personal vocabulary of the author as well as into his subject, conceptual and imaginary world and, thus, provides a completely new basis for Goethe philology. Since Goethe's vocabulary must be considered representative of the language of the period between 1760 and 1830 due to its scope and the diverse interests reflected in it, the dictionary is an indispensable research tool for German linguistic history and linguistics in general. As part of a project funded by the DFG, the first four volumes of the GWb were retro-digitized between 2004 and 2009 and published as Open Access. The fifth volume (InhaltMedizinalaufwand) was published online in spring 2012.

On the way to the electronic version of the GWb on the Internet, the team of the TCDH (Alexander Trauth) essentially had to carry out four work steps:

  1. the retrospective digitization of volumes 1 to 3 that are not available electronically yet,
  2. the markup of the logical structure of the dictionary and its information units,
  3. the conversion of the raw data from volume 4,
  4. the import of the marked dictionary data into a database and the development of a graphical user interface for making the GWb available on the Internet.

In all work steps, it was possible to fall back directly on experience gained in comparable projects also carried out at the Trier Competence Center. In the Network of Middle High German Dictionaries, in the Digital Network of Dialect Dictionaries, but above all in the electronic publication of the German Dictionary by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm on CD-ROM and on the Internet, routines were developed that - with modifications - could be used in the digitization of the GWb.

Open Dictionary

Related projects: The Dictionary Network


Dr Claudia Bamberg
E-mail: bambergatuni-trier [dot] de
Phone: +49 651 201-3790

Dr Thomas Burch
E-mail: burchatuni-trier [dot] de
Phone: +49 651 201-3364

Sofia Justham Bello
E-mail: sofia [dot] justhambelloatsome [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk