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Presentation of Europeana Regia at "The Message of the Old Book in the New Environment" Seminar

In March, Europeana Regia was presented in Paris at the international seminar “The Message of the Old Book in the New Environment”, organized by the Finnish Research Library Association and the Institut Finlandais en France during the 2011 Paris Book Fair (18-19 March 2011).

Following a general overview of the project, this presentation focused mainly on the development of the Europeana Regia website, where it will be possible to consult the manuscripts in the context of their historical collections through a multilingual interface.

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Presentation of Europeana Regia at "The Message of the Old Book in the New Environment" Seminar

  1. 1. A digital collaborative library of medieval manuscripts Elizabeth MacDonald Bibliothèque nationale de France, Department of Manuscripts
  2. 2. Europeana Regia aims to… establish standards for similar projects in the future (metadata, digitization processes) reconstruct in a virtual setting royal collections of manuscripts, which are dispersed throughout Europe today
  3. 3. Europeana Regia <ul><li>Manuscripts will be fully accessible on the websites of the partner libraries: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online catalogues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digital libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metadata will be integrated into Europeana </li></ul><ul><li>874 manuscripts = 307 904 images </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bibliotheca Carolina <ul><li>425 manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>135 334 images </li></ul><ul><li>8 th and 9 th centuries </li></ul>The largest and oldest of the 3 collections Includes manuscripts from important abbeys and monastic schools in the Carolingian Empire: Reichenau, Wissembourg, Saint-Denis, Freising, Corbie, Saint-Amand, Reims
  6. 6. Library of Charles V and his Family <ul><li>167 manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>70 520 images </li></ul><ul><li>14 th century </li></ul>Reconstruction of the first French royal library Representative of the diffusion of texts through copies in the courts of France, England, Burgundy and Flanders Includes manuscripts belonging to Jean de Berry and Louis d’Orléans
  7. 7. Library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples <ul><li>282 manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>102 050 images </li></ul><ul><li>15 th and early 16 th centuries </li></ul>“ A unique concentration of masterworks of French, Venetian, Neapolitan, Lombard, and Spanish illumination” Manuscripts and early printed books; however, only the manuscripts will be digitized for this project
  9. 9. Funding <ul><li>Project budget: 3 400 000 € </li></ul><ul><li>Grant from the European Commission under the Information and Communication Technology Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>half of the project’s budget: 1 700 000 € </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Task Distribution <ul><li>The project has been divided into 6 Work Packages, as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>WP 1 : Monitoring and Management </li></ul><ul><li>WP 2 : Specification of Metadata </li></ul>
  11. 11. Task Distribution <ul><li>WP 3 : Provision, Integration and Updating of Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>WP 4 : Digitization </li></ul><ul><li>WP 5 : Integration of Images </li></ul><ul><li>WP 6 : Dissemination </li></ul>
  13. 13. Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique Bibliothèque nationale de France Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Biblioteca Històrica de la Universitat de València Herzog August Bibliothek
  14. 14. Other participating libraries <ul><li>will digitize a number of manuscripts within the scope of the project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>municipal libraries of Amiens, Angers, Besançon, Bourges, Grenoble, Louviers, Reims, Rouen and Valenciennes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliothèque de Sainte-Geneviève </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliothèque de Mazarine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Société des lettres, sciences et arts de l’Aveyron in Rodez </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Other participating libraries <ul><li>will provide links to their own images: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Château de Chantilly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>municipal library of Lyon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other international partners such as e -codices (Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland) will also be linked to the project </li></ul>
  17. 17. Since January 2010… <ul><li>Decisions taken: </li></ul><ul><li>metadata specifications have been determined </li></ul><ul><li>aggregator chosen for Europeana: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The European Library (TEL) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Since January 2010… <ul><li>Advances and achievements: </li></ul><ul><li>digitization </li></ul><ul><li>metadata </li></ul><ul><li>first images and metadata will be added to Europeana by June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>website online </li></ul>
  20. 20. Europeana Regia Web Portal <ul><li>Two purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Platform to present manuscripts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multilingual resource </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts can be consulted in the context of the collections to which they once belonged </li></ul>
  21. 21. Project Evolution <ul><li>Static site – XHTML and CSS </li></ul><ul><li>online since late November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>current version: </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic site – built with Drupal CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>currently in its final testing phase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will go live in early April 2011 </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. COMING SOON…
  23. 23. Presentation of manuscripts <ul><li>core metadata for each manuscript in the project </li></ul><ul><li>links to full academic metadata and complete digital document on each library’s website </li></ul><ul><li>presented in all 6 project languages </li></ul><ul><li>projected release date: May 2011 </li></ul>
  24. 25. Issues and challenges <ul><li>Multilingualism </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscript metadata: input on website </li></ul>
  25. 26. More about Europeana Regia: and on Thank you for listening!