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Presentation of Europeana Regia at the 40th Annual LIBER Conference

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A second paper on Europeana Regia was presented at the 40th Annual LIBER Conference (Association of European Research Libraries) in Barcelona (29 June – 2 July 2011). …

A second paper on Europeana Regia was presented at the 40th Annual LIBER Conference (Association of European Research Libraries) in Barcelona (29 June – 2 July 2011).

This presentation also provides a general outline of the main elements of the Europeana Regia project, with an emphasis on the particular challenges to be faced when digitally reconstructing collections of medieval manuscripts.

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  • 1. Europeana Regia: a collaborative library of royal manuscripts from Medieval and Renaissance Europe
    LIBER 40th Annual Conference. Barcelona, 29 June – 2 July 2011
    Ana Barbeta (Biblioteca de la Universitat de València)
    Claudia Fabian (Bayersische Staatsbibliothek)
  • 2. The Europeana Regia Project
    Collaboration
    Digitization of a corpus of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
    Virtual reconstructions of important royal collections
    Integration in Europeana
    Focus on users
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  • 3. Three historical collections
    • Biblioteca Carolina(8th and 9th Centuries)
    • 4. Library of Charles V of France(14th Century)
    • 5. Library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples (15th-16th Centuries)
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  • 6. Biblioteca Carolina
    • 425 manuscripts from the most relevant workshops of the Carolingian Empire
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  • 7. Library of Charles V of France
    167 manuscripts belonging to the king’s library known as Bibliothèque du Louvre
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  • 8. Library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples
    • 282 manuscripts created for one of the most impressive humanistic libraries
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  • 9. Europeana Regia partners
    Bibliothèque nationale de France
    Bayerische Staatbibliothek
    Biblioteca de la Universitat de València
    Herzog August Bibliothek
    Bibliothèque Royal de Belgique
    French libraries
    Other collaborations
    European CommissionInformation and Communication Technology Policy Support Programme
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  • 10. Some figures
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  • 11. Main tasks
    Digitization
    Description: dealing with metadata
    Integration in Europeana and other portals
    The Europeana Regia website
    User as the ultimate goal
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  • 12. Digitization (1)
    Concerns for the digitization of ancient manuscripts
    Age and value of documents
    Importance of details
    Most common difficulties
    Fidelity to the original and quality control
    Long term preservation policies
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  • 13. Digitization (2)
    • Europeana Regia Recommendations
    • 14. Digitization from the original document only
    • 15. Manuscript digitized in its entirety
    • 16. Full page digitization, one image per page
    • 17. Standardized technical parameters (file format, compression, resolution, colour depth...)
    • 18. Inclusion of metric rulers and colour charts
    • 19. Controlled conditions (lighting, special devices...)
    • 20. No changes to the equipment within the same manuscript
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  • 21. Descriptions: dealing with metadata
    Problems with describing Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts
    Different institutional starting points
    Different metadata schemas used: TEI, EAD, MARC
    Defining two metadata levels for ER descriptions:
    Core metadata
    Academic metadata
    Establishing metadata mapping and crosswalks to ESE
    Standardizing terminology and vocabulary
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  • 22. Integration
    Europeana portal
    The European Library (TEL) as the aggregator for ER
    Integration in other websites: Gallica, Manuscripta Medievalia, Belgica
    Local access to ER content
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  • 23. The Europeana Regia website
    http://europeanaregia.eu
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  • 24. Users as the ultimate goal
    Target audience
    Researchers and academics
    Secondary school teachers
    Interested general public
    Different needs and expectation
    For specific research
    For a general understanding these documents in context
    “Cultivate new ways for users to participate in their cultural heritage” (Europeana Strategic Plan 2011-2015)
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  • 25. Some final considerations
    Added benefits of Europeana Regia
    To overcome the particularity of each manuscript to present them together in their original cultural context
    To foster trans-institutional and trans-border cooperation
    Building a new virtual context: difficulties and challenges
    To compare procedures and work on an international level
    To identify the possibilities of new technology
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  • 26. Thank you for your attention
    barbeta@uv.es
    claudia.fabian@bsb-muenchen.de
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