Apart from its thematic programme lines, the LBI also aims to provide basic tools and reference works for the study of Neo-Latin, e.g. catalogues and databases, editions, translations, dictionaries, commentaries, literary histories and surveys. The lack of such basic tools in the young discipline of Neo-Latin studies is often regretted and the mission statement of the LBI calls for some remedy here. Examples of related activities include:
- The development of a database of Neo-Latin literature. This database is already in use internally to catalogue our material. An experimental public version is online on our website (under ‘Research’) and should be expanded in its scope and functionality in the future. In a first step, the data of Tyrolis Latina; cf. below) should be incorporated. A cooperation with CroALa is in planning. An adapted version should work as a comprehensive database of Neo-Latin drama and an associated digital platform should provide digitizations of all the available primary material (such as periochae, i.e. printed programmes, manuscripts, and early prints).
- The completion and promotion of Tyrolis Latina: Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur in Tirol (Wien: Böhlau 2012), the first in-depth account of the Neo-Latin heritage of any European region. This project started long before the LBI, but was finished at the LBI by the same core group of researchers.
- The volume Humanistes du bassin des Carpates II: Johannes Sambucus, edited by G. Almási and F. Kiss for the series Europa Humanistica (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2014). This work presents the prefaces and paratexts of the editions published by the Hungarian born humanist and Habsburg court historiographer, Johannes Sambucus (1531–84), together with a philological and historical commentary.
- Die neulateinische Literatur, a monographic survey of the functions and the significance of Neo-Latin in the early modern period (M. Korenjak has a contract with C.H. Beck).
- An Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin, a basic survey of the research field and a future reference work for the discipline (S. Tilg co-edits this volume with S. Knight, University of Leicester, for Oxford University Press).