The Multimedia CD

In the course of the project, a great deal of material presented itself that cried out for new modes of presentation beyond that which paper can provide: audio files and many varied and sometimes interactive types of visual documents. We therefore decided to include a multimedia CD with volume V of the complete edition (it is included with the complete edition). It contains elements that volume V offers as black-and-white images, as well as other components that are only available on the CD itself.

To begin with, the multimedia CD presents the complete set of images that illustrate Ruf's works in high resolution color files. These include, among others, the anatomical pen drawings and illustration of medical instruments that accompany Ruf's opthalmological works, the woodcuts in his work on childbirth, as well as in its new edition by the publisher Sigmund Feyerabend at Francfort, printed in 1580 with illustrations by Jost Ammann. The CD further contains the illustrations to the Trostbüchlein reproduced in volume V as well as the woodcuts illustrating the first Latin edition with illustrations by Jos Murer), the pen drawings in the manuscript of the play Weingarten, the Astrologentafel with medallions designed by Heinrich Vogtherr, which are of interest for the history of science and medicine, as well as the woodcuts in the printed editions of the plays.

The digitizations of the pen drawings and woodcuts are linked to the page in the edition (this provides insight into the text-image relationship) and to a short version of the commentary on the illustration (full description of the extent set of illustrations and the individual images in the printed editorial introduction and commentary). The printed and digital documentation together provide a foundation for future research on the iconography of the images as they related to the history of medicine, media, literature and the theater.

The multimedia CD further contains materials from the exhibition in the Museum Strauhof Zürich (2006): photographs of archival documents and exhibited objects, further historical materials as well as the embedded listening stations.

The last element on the multimedia CD invites its users to participate virtually in the most important stations in Ruf's life and career in the city of Zurich. Seven interactive excerpts from Jos Murer's map of the city from 1576 (the younger Murer illustrated Ruf's Trostbüchlein) permit the following places to be visited in virtual fashion: Münsterhof - Heiliggeist-Spital - Ruf's houses - Rathaus - Grossmünster - Conrad Gessner's house.

The multimedia CD was conceived by Linus Hunkeler and Hildegard Elisabeth Keller and produced by Linus Hunkeler with the Multimedia-Browser © Screenlight AG. Stefan Schöbi was responsible for enhancing Jos Murer's map of the city, dated 1576, with materials providing perspectives from Jakob Ruf's life and work.

Images sources are indicated in both volume I and volume V. The images of the exhibition were made by Peter Hunkeler, Zurich. The audio files were produced under the technical direction of Walter Weber, MELS Multimedia- & E-Learning Services, University of Zurich. Hildegard Elisabeth Keller was responsible for their planning and realization. Jaap Achterberg, Andreas Nievergelt, Albert Wettstein (who holds the office of the town physician of Zurich) and Hildegard Elisabeth Keller participated as speakers.