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New! The two Taylorian copies of the ‘Sermon of Indulgence and Grace’, the German version of Martin Luther’s 95 theses are now online (No. 5 and No. 6 among the German pamphlets from 1518 in the collection). Watch out for the full publication with English translation by Howard Jones to come soon!

This Reformation Digital Library has been set up to showcase Oxford University students’ first Digital Humanities projects using items from the Taylor Institution Library. The website was launched by the Cultural Attaché of the German Embassy, Ms Charlotte Schwarzer.

Students taking the History of the Book method option have been learning about digitising, transcribing and encoding texts.  The images and texts in this Digital Library have been created by the students themselves.

Students working with the Reformation Pamphlets in the Taylor Institution Library

Students working with the Reformation Pamphlets in the Taylor Institution Library

The images have been created in a variety of different ways, including mobile phone cameras, digital cameras and high quality scanners. All of the methods used are available to all readers of the library: this is a showcase of “DIY digitisation”.

The texts are encoded with the Text Encoding Initiative P5 standard, using a simplified schema, and project-specific documentation. This is usually the students’ first encounter with encoding, and they have selected what to encode to fit their interests and the scope of their project.  The texts are available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

The texts currently available are: