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Web-Services & Databases

Artlas / Biographical Dictionary of the Residents of the French Academy in Rome

Annie and Gabriel Verger’s Biographical Dictionary of the Residents of the French Academy in Rome gathers information on all the practitioners sent to Italy by the French State from 1666, when the government of Louis XIV established the Prix de Rome competition, until its abolition in 1968. Despite changes in political regimes, aesthetic theories, and production conditions, artists, architects and musicians kept on going to Rome—and they continued to come even after the modalities of the recruitment changed in 1968, so much so that the French Academy of Rome celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2016. This continuity is at the very heart of the Vergers’ study.

Person of contact: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunnel (UNIGE)

Artlas - BasArt. Global Database of Exhibition Catalogues

Artlas - BasArt is a collaborative database of exhibition catalogues from the 19th century to the present day. It is in open access, available to all, through a simple mapping and statistical interface that facilitates global research. Its aim is to gradually decentralize the sources available to researchers, thus decentralizing their focus often too centered on Europe and North America.

Person of contact: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunnel (UNIGE)

Artlas / Geomap

The GeoMAP data is derived from the analysis and geo-referencing of the entire category of 'picture dealers' listed in the Bottin du commerce between 1815 and 1954 (2784 locations). Each entity on the map corresponds to a single dealer, an address and a given date. A source retrieved by Félicie Faizand de Maupeou (Université Paris Nanterre / Labex Les Passés dans le présent) and Léa Saint-Raymond (École normale supérieure / Université Paris Nanterre).

Person of contact: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunnel (UNIGE)

Biblioteca anatomica

The project The “Civilization of Anatomy”: the genre of Literary Anatomies in seventeenth-century Italy (FNS 100012_204399) aims to verify, through an examination of literary documents, the thesis that anatomy permeates the style of thought and the cultural imagery of the early Modern Age. The research is based on a series of Italian works that include “anatomy” in their title and/or were inspired by anatomy, which have been analyzed and collected into a systematic corpus of “Literary Anatomies”: a multiform textual corpus codified here for the first time as a genre in its own right in the Italian tradition. The Anatomies cover multiple subjects – e.g., geography, astronomy, grammar, moral philosophy – yet all involve the same approach: the “dissection” of the body of a subject and its orderly classification.

Person of contact: Linda Bisello (USI)

Calendar of events in the field of history in Switzerland 

This database contains information about various events in the field of history, which are taking place in Switzerland. Events are for instance conferences, workshops, vernissage, but also museum exhibitions, or other types of event. The data is collected since 2008, and offers a national overview of history activities in Switzerland from an event perspective. 

Person of contact: Enrico Natale (infoclio)

Dataviz API

Dataviz is a digital map that locates all the manuscript data of MARK16 Manuscript Room. It has been created by Elisa Nury and the MARK16 team in partnership with the Pelagios network, and uses Open Street Map. The code is available in github under a GPLv3 license.

Person of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)

digitales schaudepot

Digital Schaudepot makes cultural heritage accessible to all. The initiative digitally connects collections and holdings, tells stories, and enables participation in cultural heritage. This generates visibility, conveys curated content and makes data sustainably available. At the intersection of humanities and digital technologies, Digital Schaudepot leads cultural heritage into the future.

Person of contact: Lucas Burkart (UNIBAS)

eTalk plaftorm at SIB

The eTalks platform was developed at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (2010-2016) by collaborative efforts between a team of Digital Humanist researchers and researchers in bioinformatics and computer science. The eTalk combine sounds (recording author's speech), images (producing slides) and textuality (transcribing the oral speech).  The collection consists of 30 eTalks about 5 topics. 

Person of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)

eTalks API

eTalks MARK16 focus on the last chapter of the Gospel according to Mark. Thea are regularly completed during the five years of the research project, 2018-2023. They have been produced by the SNSF MARK16 project team, or by invited colleagues. A query function allow to look in the metadata of these eTalks. 

An eTalk is a new multimedia publication tool for research or educational purpose, entirely quotable in details (see the demonstration video). It has been created by an interdisciplinary team in 2012-2015 under the lead of Claire Clivaz (UNIL) and Frédéric Kaplan (EPFL). The present version is an updated version of the software produced by Silvano Aldà (Core-IT, SIB) and Claire Clivaz (DH+,SIB, Lausanne). The code for the eTalk programme is available in github in open source, along with explanations of how to prepare and install eTalks.

Person of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)


Geovistory is a Virtual Research Environmentm which brings a paradigm shift in the handling of scientific data in the social sciences and humanities and innovatively taps the potential of digitization. With impacts not only for research, but for the general public.

Geovistory is a common initiative of LARHRA - a French research lab focusing on digital history methods and techniques, and KleioLab - a  Swiss company specializing in information systems in the digital humanities.

Person of contact: Francesco Beretta (UNINE)

Historical Source Edition Projects in Switzerland

This database lists ongoing historical sources editions in Switzerland. The data is collected periodically (2014, 2019, 2022) in collaboration with the Swiss Historical Society. Each project is described with a text and a range of metadata. 

Person of contact: Enrico Natale (infoclio)


The SNSF project HumaReC (2016-2018), led by Claire Clivaz (SIB), tested the continuous data publishing on the unique New Testament manuscript in Arabic, Greek and Latin, GA 460, with the editing of four Pauline letters and analysis on the HumaReC platform. The platform gives access to the publications and output of the project.

Persons of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)

Japanese Buddhist Art in Europe (JBAE)

JBAE is a database that covers the following 6 categories with in the field of Japanese Buddhist objects from European museums:
2.Painting (except Ukiyo-e prints)
3.Calligraphy and hand-written manuscripts
4.Ritual objects


The database is jointly built by a team of the Research Center of International Japanese Studies of the Hosei University and the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Zurich.

Person of contact: Raji Steineck (UZH)


The Katabase project offers a database of sold manuscripts in Paris at the end of the 19th century. KatAPI is an API that allows the automated retrieval of data from the project in json or xml-tei. It functions as a complete search engine that parses the user's query parameters, retrieves the proper data from the project's databases and sends it back to the user. The API allows to revtrieve catalogue entries by author, sale date and creation date of the manuscript; it also allows to retrieve a complete catalogue, or statistics on one or several catalogues, based on the catalogue type, its identifier or the date of the sale it presents. Finally, it creates custom error messages in json or tei if an error occurs.The API allows, for example, to retrieve the description of all manuscripts of the Marquise de Sévigné written between 1650 and 1690 and sold between 1880 and 1900 in a complete and valid TEI format.

Person of contact: Simon Gabay (UNIGE)

Manuscript Room API

MARK16 manuscript room is the first part of a virtual research environment (VRE) devoted to the last chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, developed in the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA project MARK16.


The users will find in it an open-ended selection of manuscripts and/or transcriptions for the study of Mark 16. Translations are also provided for ancient languages other than Greek and Latin, beside some Greek and Latin non biblical material, like commentaries. It aims at building a bridge between scholars engaged in New Testament textual criticism and exegesis by providing material focusing on a chapter well known for its diversity in evidence and readings through centuries. The code available in github.

Person of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)

Master / Licentiates / Dissertations

This database contains metadata for current and completed PhD and Master's theses in the field of historical sciences in all universities in Switzerland since 1989. Data is collected every year in collaboration with the Swiss Historical Society (SSH). The original works are available in the library of the university where they were drafted.

Person of contact: Enrico Natale (infoclio)


Metagrid is a web-service that links online resources in the humanities containing biographical data.

Metagrid is a project of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), implemented by the Swiss Diplomatic Documents (Dodis) with the support of histHub.

Person of contact: Sacha Zala (Dodis)


SERMO is a  corpus of 62 French Protestant sermons, published mostly in Geneva between 1550 and 1750 consisting of 600571 tokens. These texts have been tokenized, lemmatized and tagged to offer a possibility of queries in different fields, such as the history of books, printing, theology, history of ideas, modern literature, corpus linguistics and diachronic linguistics.

The query interface allows users to target the level of use of the corpus according to their needs: micro-syntactic for the analysis of sentence grammar phenomena, macro-syntactic for discourse analysis or rhetoric, or whole text for any exegetical or historical use. Users can search for modern spelling and find the corresponding old spellings; search for biblical citations, according to their reference or the source Bible from which they were drawn; establish a collocation database for selected lemmas or tokens; visualize the query results.

Person of contact: Carine Skupiens Deken (UNINE)

Swiss Bibliographies

This database shows the current Swiss bibliographies at a glance - national, cantonal, regional. All bibliographies reported to the working group "Regional and Special Bibliographies of Switzerland" are listed. Contact information can be found in the respective bibliographies.

Person of contact: Enrico Natale (infoclio)

Swiss Institutions and Online Resources for the Historical Sciences

This database of the Swiss portal for the historical sciences ( contains 1677 records on Swiss institutions and 1326 records on online resources relevant to the historical sciences. Only institutions from Switzerland are covered: history departments, important libraries, archives as well as research institutions and historical societies. Online resources include online accessible resources such as library catalogs, inventories of archives, source editions, bibliographies, various databases, etc. The records contain a link to the institution or online resource and a short description text. For institutions, the address is also listed. The records contain the following taxonomies as metadata: Formal Key, Region, Epoch, Subject, and Keywords. The complete taxonomies are available in four languages in a separate file.

Person of contact: Enrico Natale (infoclio)

TARSIAN online edition

The online edition TARSIAN is produced within the SNSF project TARSIAN (2013-2016), which is a three-year SNSF project led by Claire Clivaz has studied 1 Corinthians in Ar. Vat. 13. In addition, the project resulted into a PhD thesis by Sara Schulthess pblished in 2018 with open access at Brill.

Person of contact: Claire Clivaz (SIB)

Visual Contagions / Explore

The Explore platform of the Visual Contagions project makes it possible to identify frequently recurring images in a corpus of 19th and 20th century illustrated prints available in Open Access. A public access allows to consult the "clusters" of similar images and to visualize their international circulation. The project partners have access to more analysis and data processing tools.

Person of contact: Béatrice Joyeux-Prunnel (UNIGE)


XRONOS is an open repository and curation platform for chronometric data from archaeological contexts worldwide. It aims to compile the full range of radiocarbon, dendro-, and other chronological information from the archaeological record and make it available in a single FAIR and open access database.

Person of contact: Martin Hinz (UNIBE)

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