Oberwolfach Digital Archive
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I find in the Oberwolfach Digital Archive (ODA)?ODA contains three different kinds of documents:
Vortragsbücher / Books of Abstracts: Since its founding year the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach has invited mathematicians to give them a chance to exchange knowledge with their colleagues. From 1944 to the present day mathematicians wrote short abstracts into the books provided by the institute. Therefore, the Books of Abstracts are the oldest and sometimes only records of who was at the Institute and what they were researching. ODA contains the Books of Abstracts from 1944 to mid 2008. Of course the books are still continued and the new volumes will be added in due time.
Gästebücher / Guest Books: These list the workshop participants with their signature and often include a dedication. On this platform we give access only to the oldest four Guest Books. These are the most interesting ones because the newer Guest Books don't contain anything but the signatures of the workshop participants anymore.
Tagungsberichte / Workshop Reports: For the years between 1944 to 1962 the "Vortragsbücher" are the only written testimony of scientific activity here at Oberwolfach. Since 1962 there are also the Workshop Reports. They, too, contain short abstracts of the given talks - in typewritten form. While these proceedings were at first only meant for internal documentation, they soon developed into a journal-like publication, which was released weekly and sent to roughly 300 of the most important mathematical institutes and departments around the world. In the year 2004 the "Tagungsberichte" have been converted into a new publication: the "Oberwolfach Reports (OWR)". These reports continue the Workshop Reports in printed and electronic form, although the abstracts in the reports are noticeably longer than in the "Tagungsberichte". They are released quarterly in cooperation with the European Mathematical Society Publishing House. For further information on the "Oberwolfach Reports" please see http://www.mfo.de/scientific-programme/publications/owr.
ODA comprises the workshop reports from 1944 to 1998. From 1999 to the present the reports can be found here: http://www.mfo.de/scientific-programme/schedule
What can’t I find in the Oberwolfach Digital Archive?Because the digitization of documents for this project started in 2008, ODA doesn’t contain the current Book of Abstracts.
Although the Guest Books are still maintained today, ODA only includes the first four of them. This is due to the protection of data privacy on the one hand and on the other hand due to the fact that only the first four books contain entries other than signatures.
As the Workshop Reports have been available on the MFO’s web pages since 1999, it was decided to add only the Workshop Reports from before 1999 to the Oberwolfach Digital Archive, while the reports from 1999 to the present day can be found here: http://www.mfo.de/scientific-programme/schedule .
What can I do if I find a mistake or have additional information?We are grateful for any helpful remarks and will gladly correct any errors you found. Please use this form to inform us and we will get back to you at the earliest opportunity: Contact form
What search strategy should I use?There are three ways of searching for something in ODA:
Browsing: via the link “BROWSE” at the top of the page you will get to a list of the three types of publications in ODA: “Workshop Reports”, “Books of Abstracts” and “Guest Books”. This search strategy is perfect if you want to have an overview over a whole time period.
Basic Search: using the basic search by clicking “SEARCH” at the top of the screen will give you one search field that will search through a large number of search aspects at once. Please note that this kind of crossover search may lead to confusing or incomplete results. It is however a good way of getting a first general overview. To learn more about the basic search please see How do I use the basic search?.
Advanced Search: by clicking on “ADVANCED SEARCH” at the top of the page you get to a search form which allows you to search with very specific parameters. This requires a good knowledge of the available search aspects but will result in the most specific outcome. To learn more about the search aspects see the section How do I use the advanced search?.
How do I use the basic search?The search function right on the front page of the Archive is the perfect way of starting a research without having to know much about search fields or Boolean Operators. You can type in almost any search term and just hit the search-button. Please keep in mind though, that this is a rather rough tool and does not include all search aspects you would find in the advanced search. To learn more about search aspects, please see How do I use the advanced search?.
How do I use the advanced search?The link “Advanced search” at the top of any page in ODA will lead you to a search form with four search fields. With the help of drop down menus you can select the search aspects relevant to you. You can choose from these search aspects:
Workshop Title – here you can enter any number of words or parts of words from the title of the workshop. The words don’t have to be in the right order or connected with any Boolean Operators.
Organizers - You can search for organizers in different ways: either in the form "first name last name" or "last name first name" or "last name, first name". You don’t need to write whole names, the programme will simply find any name starting with the letters you typed in.
E.g.: "Willi Jäger" or "Jäger, Willi" or "Jäger, W"
Participants – the Workshop Reports contain the names of all participants to a workshop. Generally, the first names are shortened to the first letter, e.g. “W. Jäger”. This means you won’t get any results if you search for “Willi Jäger”. Further, please note that the Workshop Reports don’t date back to the very beginning of the Institute. Therefore, this search will not show any participants prior to the year 1962.
Abstracts – searches through the descriptive texts of all resources
All fields – does a search including all search aspects
Subject headings - searches through a controlled vocabulary given to the Guest Books and the Books Abstracts
Document Types – with this field you can limit the search to “Book of Abstracts”, “Workshop Report” or “Guest Book”
Publisher and Publishing Year – In case of the Workshop Reports the publishing year is always the year in which a workshop took place, while with the Books of Abstracts and the Guest Books the publishing year is always the year of the first workshop in the respective book. The publisher is always the same, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, searching with this parameter is therefore not helpful.
PPN – internal database number
Annotation and References - please ignore this field (for internal use only)
Standard Numbers - contains the Workshop ID
Edition statements of digital surrogates - please ignore this field
Edition statements of data files - please ignore this field
Technical information - please ignore this field
The search terms you type into the fields can be in any order and don’t necessarily have to be complete words. E. g. typing “W Jäger” will find all names starting with W, like “Willi Jäger”, “Walter Jäger”, “William Jäger” etc.
The search fields are automatically connected with the Boolean Operator “and”. This can be changed with the drop down menu below the search aspects into “or”. This will affect the connection between all search terms.
If you need more than the automatically given four search fields you can add more by clicking on “Add search term”.
Once you are ready, click on “Search” to start the search process.
What is displayed in a result list?Result lists are separated into three parts. Results from the Workshop Reports, results from the Books of Abstracts and results from the Guest Books. Within these parts the results are sorted chronologically from the oldest to the newest.
Where possible, a search result is given in the form: Title: Date/Organizer-Publisher, Year.
A click on one of the results will bring you to the full display of the record.
What information does the full display of a title show?The “Full Record View” gives all the important information about a title, including – where applicable – a list of participants, URL/URN, organizers as well as a detailed description put together by a mathematics historian.
How do I get to the full text of a document?To get to the full text of a document you have to click “Full-text” in the full record view of an item. This will open a new window in your browser.
How do I use the document viewer?The viewer page is divided into five areas:
Bibliographic information – in this section you will find the same information as in the result list of ODA, namely title, date, organizer, publisher and year of a workshop, or simply the date range of a book of abstracts or a guest book.
Select size and page – there are four different display-sizes available: THUMBS, DEFAULT, MIN, MAX. Standard is the size THUMBS; it shows the images in a resolution of 150 dpi thus giving an overview over the whole document. The next bigger size is MIN with 400 dpi which roughly adds up to a view of one whole page. DEFAULT size is double that with 800dpi and MAX with 1000 dpi is the highest resolution available. To make navigation within the document as easy as possible you can select pages with the given drop down menu or jump back and forth with the arrow buttons beneath.
Page view – this is the actual display area. Use the bar on the right side of the screen to go up and down on a page.
Page preview – pressing the “Preview” button will set the size back to THUMBS.
Pdf output – with this function you can download up to 35 pages from the displayed document as pdf file. Simply choose the first and last page from the dropdown menus and press “Download PDF”.
Whom do I ask if I can’t find the answer to my question here?You are always welcome to contact the MFO library staff with any questions or problems you might have concerning the Oberwolfach Digital Archive. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is maintaining the Obewolfach Digital Archive?The content of ODA is overseen by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (www.mfo.de), while the technical support is provided by the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (www.bsz-bw.de).
Will content be added to the Oberwolfach Digital Archive in future?It is the intention of the MFO to add to the Books of Abstracts from time to time as they are an ongoing publication. The Guest Books and the Workshop Reports will stay as they are. However, it is possible to get to the Workshop Reports from 1999 to today via the web pages of the MFO: http://www.mfo.de/scientific-programme/schedule .
For more information on the content of ODA, please see the sections What can I find in the Oberwolfach Digital Archive? and What can’t I find in the Oberwolfach Digital Archive?