Epigraphic Database Heidelberg

The Epigraphic Database Heidelberg follows the FAIR principles: all data of the Open Data Repository by  can be reused under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

There are several options for data reuse, this page and the article Epigraphic Database Heidelberg – Data Reuse Options.(https://doi.org/10.11588/heidok.00026599) give a quick overview of these options.


CSV-Download (Text Database)

The results of a simple search can be downloaded in CSV format; clicking on the Excel/CSV icon above the list of hits the download is started automatically. NB: this functionality is only available for the simple search, not for the extended search of the text database.


Requesting selected resources by canonical URLs

for all inscription, image, bibliography and geography records canonical URLs have been established; requesting one of these returns the HTML representation of that resource. You can request alternative representations by adding one of the following endings to the URL:

  • inscription: https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/inschrift/HD012345 (alt. representations: .xml; .json; .ttl)
  • image: https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/foto/F012345 (alt. representations: .xml; .json)
  • bibliography: https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/bibliographie/B012345 (alt. representations: .json)
  • geography: https://edh-www.adw.uni-heidelberg.de/edh/geographie/12345 (alt. representations: .json; .ttl; .kml)


Download Data Dumps

All data of the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg can be downloaded in various formats:

  • EpiDoc XML (inscriptions and metadata)
  • CIDOC CRM XML (photo metadata)
  • BibTeX (bibliography)
  • RDF (inscriptions including prosopography)
  • GeoJSON (geography)

For a complete detailed list of all files and links open the Download page.


Public API

Via the EDH API you have live access to data from the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg, it returns responses in JSON format. You can find a tutorial and description of all parameters here.


SPARQL Endpoint

EDH data is available in RDF format as well; you can find the SPARQL endpoint here (Beta).

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