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).

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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Presentation of Europeana Regia at the 40th Annual LIBER Conference

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

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