• Duration of the project: 01.05.2011-30.05.2014
  • Title: Autorenhomepages. Ein Projekt zur Erfassung, Analyse und Langzeitarchivierung
  • Sponsor: Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)
  • Conductor: Renate Giacomuzzi; scientific accomplishment: Elisabeth Sporer; coordination and organization: Renate Giacomuzzi
  • URL Homepage:
  • Selection in cooperation with archives and libraries from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and South Tyrol
  • Scope: 122 sources
  • Crawl frequency: quarterly
  • Rights: consent of the right holders
  • Search function: Full-text search in metadata and in the archived documents, faceted search, alphabetic browsing
  • Interface language: German and English
  • Technique: Heritrix, Wayback
  • Data volume (current): 1.3 TB, 35.902.683 documents
  • Long-term archiving in XML
  • Technical co-operation with: Internet Archive (San Francisco); access:
More information’s about the collection and the project

The collection started in 2011 with a project conducted by the Innsbruck Newspaper Archive (IZA) and funded by the Austrian Science Fund. We crawl, manage and store the collection in cooperation with the „Archive-it“-service of the Internet Archive in San Francisco. The WARC files are imported to the servers of the University of Innsbruck, where they are archived in XML-format

Since the end of the project in 2014, new sources can be added by request for research purposes.

The term “Author Homepage” describes a form of Internet self-presentation used by authors. Generally referring to websites created prior to the development of Web 2.0, it primarily describes a static publication format that authors use in a self-determined manner as a means of presenting their literary work to a public audience.

The aim of the project was to archive, document and analyze a selection of Author Homepages from German speaking countries. The selection was pre-decided in cooperation with relevant Institutions (literary archives, libraries etc.). The results are displayed in a database and a public digital archive.


Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach / Literatur im Netz
Literaturhaus Wien
Centre national de littérature / Lëtzebuerger Literaturarchiv, Mersch (CNL)
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Literaturarchiv
Literaturhaus am Inn
Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek
ALG online - Das Portal Literarischer Gesellschaften und Literaturmuseen
Südtiroler Künstlerbund

Legal Notices

We only archive websites and provide public access to archived pages, when we have a written consent of the right holders. All rights remain with the authors and right holders of the archived content. We do not pursue any direct or indirect economic or commercial purpose, but solely aim to generate scientific and educational value.

We take the protection of your privacy very seriously and adhere to the rules of data protection laws.

Selection criteria

For reasons of practicality, it was necessary to reduce the scope of this project to a selection of approximately 100 homepages. The collection should not be understood as a statement about the quality of the homepages. Our aim was to arrive at a selection that is as versatile and significant as possible. Representative examples of homepages were selected according to the following criteria:

  • Geographic aspects (a selection proportionate to the population in each German speaking country)
  • The literary scene (degree of popularity, reputation in the literary scene through awards, literary criticism, etc.
  • The archival area (cooperation with other archives and consideration of their wishes)

In addition, homepages have been included in the selection based on how they illustrate the author’s work and self-perception through their content, style of presentation, and/or communicative options.

Further, more recent forms of online presentation, for example weblogs, have been acknowledged. However, it is difficult to differentiate clearly between weblogs that include characteristics of Author Homepages on the one hand and online diaries on the other hand. For this reason, it has been decided to include only those blogs in our collection that contain information about the authors’ biography/bibliography and thus assume the certain functions of a homepage. In addition, social networks have been included in our research, for instance by analyzing in detail authors’ public Facebook pages. Given that their content is independently determined by the authors themselves, these pages also function as and display characteristics of an Author’s Homepage

In many cases, Author Homepages are operated by the publisher. This form of Author Homepages was generally not considered in this project because they do not allow conclusions regarding the self-perception of the author or his work. In this project, we have been only interested in publisher websites, which were implemented in consultation with the author and/or contain independent content (own domain, podcasts, texts by the author etc.).


September 20th, 2013: Web Archiving Meeting at the University of Innsbruck.

More information on the meeting:

Elisabeth Sporer: „Der Autor auf Facebook. Inszenierung im sozialen Netzwerk.“ In: Sabine Kyora (Ed.): Subjektform Autor. Bielfeld: transcript Verlag 2014, S. 281-303.

Dies.: Was ist eine Autorenhomepage? Kriterien und Charakteristika. In: Marbacher Schriften. [in Vorbereitung].

Renate Giacomuzzi: Werk oder Beiwerk? Überlegungen zur Typologie von Autorenhomepages. In: Marbacher Schriften. [in Vorbereitung].

Dissertation by Elisabeth Sporer: Autorenhomepages als Form der Selbstinszenierung.