The journals with a total volume of over 1,000,000 pages were digitized from 2000 to 2006 as part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation . This means that important sources for the history of Judaism in Germany and Austria, such as the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums , Der Israelit and the Jüdische Rundschau, are completely available as e-texts and can be used regardless of location without damaging the originals, some of which are in a poor state of preservation. Project partners were RWTH Aachen University , the special collection area Judaism at the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library and the Germania Judaica Library . The journal database is gradually being expanded, including in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute , New York, and other libraries and institutions.
The data volume of the scanned pages is about 137 gigabytes . The journals can be searched individually via a navigation bar with main and sub-entries. There is also a search function that can be used to search for titles / keywords and authors. In addition to automated text recognition , more than 81,000 individual contributions from more than 10,000 authors were indexed bibliographically according to the rules for formal cataloging .
In 2004, Compact Memory was recognized by UNESCO as a digital world cultural heritage.
Compact Memory has been part of the digital Judaica portal of the Frankfurt University Library since 2014 .
- Hans Otto Horch : Compact Memory. A DFG project on the retrospective digitization of Jewish periodicals in German-speaking countries. In: Journal of Librarianship and Bibliography . 53rd vol., 2006, 3/4, pp. 177-180.
- Johannes Valentin Schwarz: Review of: Compact Memory. Internet archive of Jewish periodicals (retrospective digitization). In: H-Soz-Kult . March 5, 2004, accessed May 27, 2016.
- Johannes Valentin Schwarz: Meeting at H-Soz-u-Kult , March 5, 2004 (as of January 15, 2004)
- Digital Judaica collection in the Frankfurt University Library