The European History Primary Source (EHPS) Portal is a joint initiative of the Library and the Department of History and Civilization of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. It is also part of the WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue an historic project that was hosted in 2004 at the EUI.
The purpose of EHPS is to provide an easily searchable index of scholarly digital repositories that contain primary sources for the history of Europe. As the number of digital archives on the internet continues to grow, finding and selecting digital repositories becomes increasingly difficult. EHPS strives to fill that gap by listing the most important collections of digital primary sources for the history of Europe, either as a whole or for single countries. EHPS is updated continuously and we invite all users to send us their suggestions for websites to include.
While not claiming to be complete, EHPS contains the major national digital libraries and many smaller series of e-sources and smaller digitization projects in Europe. It thus reflects to a considerable extent the current state of digitization of historical source materials in Europe, as well as those digitized outside Europe pertaining to its history. EHPS offers the possibility to analyze the major trends in terms of how materials have been digitized to date and in which digital library context they are offered to the public. It queries essential methodological problems dealing with the use of primary documents in the field of digital history and, when possible, aims to regroup the fragmented reality of digital libraries in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment inside the portal. As far as history of Europe and primary sources are concerned, EHPS would like to collect and connect altogether this heavily atomized reality of digital contents in many languages.
EHPS was made with the open source content management system Drupal using the CTI Flex theme. The site is best viewed with Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome. Internet Explorer 7 or 8, Opera, Google Chrome, Camino and Omniweb also work but IE 6 is not recommended. The EHPS logo was designed by Matthijs van Woerkum.
- Serge Noiret: coordinator, managing editor.
- Paolo Baglioni: Drupal CMS developer
- Sandra Toffolo: contributor.
- Alfredo Mazzamauro: contributor.