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osmikon.search offers the possibility to search simultaneously in relevant German and international library catalogues, bibliographies and special databases for scientific literature and research material on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
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The subject repository "OstDok – Eastern European Documents Online" provides electronic full texts of research on Eastern, Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
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The database ARTOS records specialist articles and reviews from around 400 current journals and selected anthologies covering a wide range of research in the humanities and social sciences from Eastern and Southeastern Europe and across the region.
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OstNet is a catalogue for internet resources and lists academically relevant websites and online documents on Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe. In OstNet you can, for example, search for institutional websites, blogs or digital humanities projects on a specific topic or country, or search for databases for a specific research target.
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ARTOS alerting service

Use the ARTOS alerting service to receive regular e-mail updates on new articles and reviews from several hundred journals and selected edited volumes on Eastern Europe!
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Recommended digital map collections and geographical databases on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Digitised General Map of Central Europe. Currently, over 250 digitised sections of maps from the third military survey Austria-Hungary are available.

3rd Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary

The digital map collection comprises over 50,000 historical maps of the Czech Republic and offers a geographical search facility.

Czech "Virtual Map Collection"

The Stanford University Library Collection offers access to over 79,000 digitised maps, many of them of Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

David Rumsey Map Collection

Over 600 digitised maps from the Digital Library of Slovenia.

Digital Library Slovenia: Digital Maps

An edition of cartographic and pictorial sources that enable the reconstruction of the historical topography of pre-modern urban spaces; it contains many historical maps of cities in Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

European Historic Towns Atlases

Among the over 200,000 digitised maps in the Europeana, Europe’s largest online collection of art, culture and science, there is also a large number from and about Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

Europeana | Map and Geography Collection

The Polish electronic library network offers access to over 17,000 digitised maps from libraries, museums and other commemorative institutions. The focus is on maps of Poland and Eastern Central Europe.

Federacja Bibliotek Cyfrowych

The French National Library (BnF) lists more than 62,000 maps from the 14th to the 19th centuries in its digital library. In addition to a search function, the maps can also be accessed by country, with extensive holdings on the country profiles of osmikon.

Details in the Database Information System (DBIS)

Gallica | Cartes

GeoPortOst offers access to over 900 so-called “hidden” maps of Eastern and Southeastern Europe – map material that was printed in all kinds of publications and, as dependent works, is not included in conventional library catalogues. The special collection of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg contains thematic maps on the history, ethnography as well as economic and social conditions of the region.

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The collection, created in the context of GeoPortOst, contains over 100 links and references to maps, gazetteers and CIS projects on Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

GeoPortOst Zotero Group Library

The index of the topographic map series of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg contains about 40,000 topographic maps of the historical-geographical area of Eastern Central Europe. A geographical map sheet search makes it possible to search for individual locations and to find all map sheets in which the location in question is located via a coordinate query.

Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe: Topographic map series

The map collection of the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague with over 60,000 digital copies.

Faculty of Science Charles University | Digital Map Collection

Kartenportal.CH is a special portal for maps housed in Swiss libraries and archives. A geographical search function also provides access to a large number of digitised maps of Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

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The Ryhiner map collection comprises about 16,000 maps, plans and views from the 16th to early 19th century. Included are historical maps of the whole of Europe, Albania, the Baltic States, Bohemia and Moravia, Galicia, Greece, the eastern Adriatic coast, Macedonia, Moldavia, Walachia, Bessarabia, Transylvania, Poland, Russia, Russian cities, Silesia, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Hungary.

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Ryhiner Map Collection

An extensive, digitised private map collection with a number of historical, Central Eastern European maps (1860 to approx. 1970s).

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Map Archive

This portal allows navigation through historical map material from the time of the Habsburg monarchy, including the Josephinian and the Franziscean land surveys. The maps have been completely digitised and georeferenced.

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Mapster includes digitised historical maps of Poland and Central Europe.

Mapster: Old maps of Poland and Central Europe

Old Maps Online offers a geographical search for old, digitised maps from around the world, many of them also covering the region of Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

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Old Maps Online

Extensive collection of old, digitised CIA maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the Library of the University of Texas, including maps of Russia, East and Southeast Europe.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

The National Library of Russia provides access to over 4,500 digitised historical maps.

National Library of Russia: Cartographic materials collection

The "Topo list" of the Specialised Information Service Cartography and Geodata (SIS Maps) lists topographic map works in the holdings of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin with links to world’s national and regional geoportals. In addition, the SIS Maps offers a service for geodata consulting and mediation.

Topo List

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Further offers with digital maps can be researched via the Database Information System or in OstNet, our catalogue of Internet resources.

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