Session Title

All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe

Sponsoring Organization(s)

e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

Organizer Name

Christoph Flüeler, Ramona Fritschi

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. de Fribourg/e-codices, Univ. de Fribourg/e-codices

Presider Name

Christoph Flüeler

Paper Title 1

Challenges in the Systematic Digitization of All Medieval Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Presenter 1 Name

Matthieu Bonicel

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Paper Title 2

The Pilot Phase for the Digitization of Medieval Manuscripts in German Collections: An Interim Report

Presenter 2 Name

Carolin Schreiber

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Paper Title 3

Greek Manuscripts at the British Library: Reflections on an Almost-Complete Digitization Project

Presenter 3 Name

Cillian O'Hogan

Presenter 3 Affiliation

British Library

Paper Title 4

Fragmentarium: A Scholarly Network That Enables Libraries, Collectors, Researchers, and Students to Upload Medieval Manuscript Fragments and to Describe, Transcribe, and Assemble Them

Presenter 4 Name

Sylviane Messerli

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. de Fribourg/e-codices: Virtual manuscript library of Switzerland

Start Date

14-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2040

Description

All Medieval Manuscripts Online – Strategic Plans in Europe

In some countries, and in many European manuscript libraries, plans have been made to make all medieval manuscripts available via digital libraries. In future, the ability to consult all medieval manuscripts on the Internet and to perform research in this way will fundamentally alter manuscript research as well as the way manuscripts are regarded and valued by the general public. The very foundations upon which primary resource-based research rests will change. Critical editions will take new forms. The use of manuscripts in teaching will become a matter of course. Individual manuscripts may even set off episodes of hype in social media circles. Achievements and successes to date should only be understood as the preview to a great revolution.

In this session, representatives of several institutions and organizations that are planning comprehensive digitalization projects will present their strategies. The session will address fundamental challenges that such projects need to master: How many medieval manuscripts exist in Europe? Is comprehensive digitalization an achievable goal? What sorts of applications and digital tools need to be developed? Should the entire range of manuscripts be available on the open Web? What will the field of manuscript research look like in ten years?

Ramona Fritschi and Christoph Flüeler

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May 14th, 3:30 PM

All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe

Fetzer 2040

All Medieval Manuscripts Online – Strategic Plans in Europe

In some countries, and in many European manuscript libraries, plans have been made to make all medieval manuscripts available via digital libraries. In future, the ability to consult all medieval manuscripts on the Internet and to perform research in this way will fundamentally alter manuscript research as well as the way manuscripts are regarded and valued by the general public. The very foundations upon which primary resource-based research rests will change. Critical editions will take new forms. The use of manuscripts in teaching will become a matter of course. Individual manuscripts may even set off episodes of hype in social media circles. Achievements and successes to date should only be understood as the preview to a great revolution.

In this session, representatives of several institutions and organizations that are planning comprehensive digitalization projects will present their strategies. The session will address fundamental challenges that such projects need to master: How many medieval manuscripts exist in Europe? Is comprehensive digitalization an achievable goal? What sorts of applications and digital tools need to be developed? Should the entire range of manuscripts be available on the open Web? What will the field of manuscript research look like in ten years?

Ramona Fritschi and Christoph Flüeler