Humboldt Project

Humboldt Project: Open Digital Research Library

Robert Casties, Julia Damerow, Peter Damerow, Jürgen Renn, Simone Rieger, Markus Schnöpf, Urs Schoepflin, Dirk Wintergrün

Other involved Scholars: 

Michael Breen Honey (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Cristina Hansen Ruiz (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Juan Martínez Jaén (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
José Montesinos Sirera (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
José Luis Prieto Pérez &dagger
(Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Alberto Relancio Menéndez (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Masu Rodríguez Hernández (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Mila Ruiz Pacheco (Fundación Canaria Orotava)
Yaiza Santos Pérez (Fundación Canaria Orotava)

Cooperation Partners: 

Fundación Canaria Orotava


Map of Teneriffe from Leopold von Buch's "Atlas des Iles Canaries" from 1836.

The Humboldt Project aims at an open digital library dealing with a core aspect of the history of science: the role that scientific expeditions played in the discovery of the world. It is concerned with the central documents resulting from European expeditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, whose investigations focused on the Canarian Archipelago. The name Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) is intimately linked to this tradition.

The project has been initiated in April 2002 by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin and the Fundación Canaria Orotava de Historia de la Ciencia (FCOHC) in Tenerife. Their cooperation aims to combine interdisciplinary investigation and dissemination using new electronic media.

Funding Institutions

Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deportes del Gobierno de Canarias
Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deportes
Cabildo de Gran Canaria. Consejería de Educación y Universidad
Ayuntamiento de la Villa de la Orotava