Biographic Dictionary Gelderland

Online Biographies

This website is the on-line version of a biographical dictionary that was published in seven volumes between 1998 and 2009.

The idea for this website came after the biographic dictionary had been published in printed form. Therefore, the content was not available in structured form - only the proofs of the books were available in PDF. 

We extracted the text and images from the PDF files. The resulting text was annotated by hand in XML: title, author, profession, and the text itself was marked as such. These XML files serve as the basis for the web publication. 

The website is searchable by title, author and profession, and, of course, also contains a full-text search option.


The conversion scripts (for text extraction etc) were written in python; the website was implemented in Zope.


The graphical design was done by ourself