Karin Seeber's study of the intellectual and aesthetic concepts of Marie Luise Gothein's "History of Garden Art" from 1914 shows how fundamentally historiography is influenced by the challenges of the time. The volumes reflect man's confrontation with his environment. The book is published as an enhanced book. In a short interview Karin Seeber answers three questions about this special format.
Enhanced Books - the format of the future
Enhanced books are multimedia e-books. Via links in the text the reader can call up source material or further information such as pictures, videos or texts. Karin Seeber's work "Marie Luise Gothein's 'History of Garden Art'. The Image of the Garden as Text" is an outstanding example of the possibilities offered by this form of publication.
Three questions to ... Karin Seeber:
What did you have to consider when working with links?
K.S.: When I was doing research for the book, I was always happy when I found historical books as digital copies, because they are simply always available. But I was still only interested in finding the content that was important for me quickly. When I enriched the book with links, I noticed that I had a different view of it. "How can I give my reader access to the research literature I have used?" was then the leading question and it was important to make as much digitised content as possible accessible. So for some books I looked again specifically to see if they were available somewhere digitally and sustainably. I developed a real ambition to extend the digital network as far as possible across my field of research.
What does "sustainability" mean at this point?
K.S.: The problem with links is that they might not work in a few years. How many links you open on homepages lead to nothing or to an error page! For a scientific publication this is doubly harmful, of course, because it also calls into question the credibility of the whole book. That's why I have used DOIs in my links wherever possible. This means "Digital Object Identifier". These are stable and unambiguous links on the internet that clearly assign content. This is similar to the ISBN for books.
What did you do if there were no stable links?
K.S.: These links are of course not always available. The Heidelberg University Library supported me in my efforts very much. Numerous historical books on the history of garden art were digitised in the course of my publicationand are now available under sustainable links. I am really proud that my work has made this added value possible for the research area "Garden Art History". These books and all other books on this subject held by the Heidelberg University Library can also be researched on the thematic portal "Garden Art History". This is a real added value for this publication channel.