Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has signed an agreement with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) to cooperate on digital concordances. The new publication format draws upon historical practices of concordances, not only to publish the results of research in the customary format such as essays but also to present the data on which that research is based in a reusable manner. The goal of the cooperation is to investigate how the digital concordance format can be created and maintained sustainably from a technical, organizational and business perspective.
Scholars at the MPIWG have rich experience in conducting historical research that generates digital datasets curated from analogue and digital primary sources and are looking for innovative ways to publish their research outputs in a format that integrates the datasets with peer-reviewed essays on the data curation process and key research findings. In this format, technical interfaces allow readers to refer from the data back to the primary sources and to utilize the datasets themselves for their own research purposes. The MPIWG welcomes the opportunity to work with Brill, who have extensive experience in digital publishing, to expand the publisher's services for research communities focused on digital humanities.