ReIResearch Extended and Improved

ReIReSearch, the integrated research database for Religious Studies launched by ReIReS, is still undergoing extensions and improvements. The Klerus-Datenbank has been added to the datasets and a new search filter has been implemented.

Klerus-Datenbank Added to the Datasets

A new dataset user will be able to explore is the Klerus-Datenbank provided by the Institut für Mainzer Kirchengeschichte. This institute is connected to ReIReS partner Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. The database contains basic biographical data of Roman Catholic clerics of the diocese of Mainz in the 17th and 18th centuries including detailed information on their orders and their membership in religious institutes as well as on the source of information.

New Research Filter

Earlier this month a new search filter was implemented. It allows users to filter only those records that have a digital representation. This means that users can now look specifically for records that they can consult online. ReIReSearch already made many digitally accessible materials findable. The more data is added, the more difficult it would become to specifically look for those. With the help of the digital representation filter, users will be able to find those records more easily now.

Because the number of datasets in ReIReSearch is growing, users may also want to explore those datasets separately to learn what exactly each of them has to offer. To accommodate this, a new advanced search option allows user to search by data provider or dataset using a drop down list. This makes it easier to explore what ReIReSearch has to offer.

Dictionnaire d’Histoire et de Géopgraphie Ecclésiastiques

At the moment, the ReIReSearch team is also working on integrating the Dictionnaire d’Histoire et de Géographie Ecclésiastiques (DHGE) provided by Brepols Publishers. With over 70,000 entries, written by specialists, the DHGE is an unparalleled source of information for anyone interested in the history of the Church, on all continents and from Antiquity to the present day. The entries are divided into three distinct groups: people, places, and institutions. The people included in the DHGE are those who have played a role in the history of the Church either through their work or their writings (officials, saints and martyrs, writers, converts, heretics, …). The entries on the Church’s geographic history detail the history of dioceses, abbeys, priories, and famous religious places. Finally, the ecclesiastical institutions are described from a purely historical perspective.

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