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Digitization, Digital Archives and the Italian experience: new prospects for improved accessibility?

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Maria Rosaria Falcone, Francesco Lerra (Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, IT) on “Digitization, Digital Archives and the Italian experience: new prospects for improved accessibility?” held on 28.04.2015 at the international conference "Archival Cooperation and Community Building in the Digital Age" within the panel “Building from scratch: written heritage online" at Břevnov Archabbey in Prague (CZ).

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Digitization, Digital Archives and the Italian experience: new prospects for improved accessibility?

  1. 1. Digitization, Digital Archives and the Italian experience: new prospects for improved accessibility? Maria Rosaria Falcone Francesco Lerra Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Building from scratch: written heritage online Archival Cooperation and Community Building in the Digital Age Praha, 29.04.2014
  2. 2. 1. The Context
  3. 3. Italy Focus: charters dating to medieval period Problems on 1) Numerical data and data from the archives of their original provenance 2) Physical Access 3) Digital Access
  4. 4. Southern Italy First result of census of charters by Unina Group X-XV centuries: more than 100.000 charters in Regions: Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata, Molise, Apulia, Calabria, Sicily Locations: Vatican Secret Archives and Vatican Apostolic Library, Central State Archives, States Archives, Municipal Historical archives, Libraries, Ecclesiastical, Archives Private (wich have yet to be added to the census)
  5. 5. Southern Italy 1) Establish the precise number of charters and their distribution according to the century of production 2) Have a clear idea of their original provenance 3) Establish exactly how many documents come from specific geographic area Impossible to…
  6. 6. 2. The Italian Charters in the Digital Resources
  7. 7. Charters are partially available in a digital format thanks to several projects… …but, there are problems on practical access  Low resolution images  Impossibility of free download  Isolated project
  8. 8. Problem solving of Italian Charters… … Monasterium.Net
  9. 9. 3. UNINA in ENArC Project
  10. 10. Strategies 1) To create model digital archives 2) Archives born transversal communities (archival, educational and research communities) 3) Communities for extensive dissemination 4) Archives to create model of co-financing
  11. 11. 3.1. UNINA in ENArC Project Digital Archives in MOM
  12. 12. Archive / collection Charters Archivio di Stato di Benevento 343 Archivio di Stato di Cagliari 71 Archivio di Stato di Napoli: Fondo S. Agostino 324 Biblioteca della Società Napoletana di Storia Patria 3000 (partially online) Biblioteca del Seminario vescovile di Teggiano 262 Archivio privato Carrano, Teggiano 78 Archivio Storico Diocesano di Reggio Calabria-Bova 367 Virtual Archive of SS. Pietro e Sebastiano 175 Virtual Archive of S. Maria della Grotta 92 Archivio di Stato di Potenza 1000 Archivio della Biblioteca Vallicelliana di Storia Patria 88 (under construction) Archivio di Stato di Bari 267 (under construction)
  13. 13. Biblioteca della Società napoletana di Storia patria A scientific project
  14. 14. Biblioteca della Società napoletana di Storia patria Main features: 1) Foundation Archives of provenance Scholars
  15. 15. Biblioteca della Società napoletana di Storia patria Main features: 2) Organisation Chronological criteria Typological criteria
  16. 16. 4. Prospectus
  17. 17. Summary of experiences  the creation of networks that enable existing digital resources to be linked up  the creation of model archives  the creation of transversal and transnational communities  research work to create Collections (virtual reconstructions)
  18. 18. Goals To reinforce our strategy by extending it to the whole of Italy a) Entrusting the collections to scientific teams b) Making several of the collections the theme of Momathons by involving undergraduates and doctoral students and scholars (non-permanent staff with suitable expertise) throughout southern Italy c) Organising a specific sub-project to digitise and take a census of manuscripts kept in Italian libraries d) Carrying out an in-depth analysis of the model to establish a solid theoretical basis.
  19. 19. Thank you for your attention! Maria Rosaria Falcone Francesco Lerra Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II info@monasterium-italia.net

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