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All medieval manuscripts online? Challenges in systematic digitization in France.

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Paper given at the 50th Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo (MI), session 114: All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe, sponsored by e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland.

Other papers:
- "The Pilot Phase for the Digitization of Medieval Manuscripts in German Collections: An Interim Report", by Carolin Schreiber, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
- "Greek Manuscripts at the British Library: Reflections on an Almost-Complete Digitization Project", by Cillian O’Hogan, British Library
- "Fragmentarium: A Scholarly Network That Enables Libraries, Collectors, Researchers, and Students to Upload Medieval Manuscript Fragments and to Describe, Transcribe, and Assemble Them", by Sylviane Messerli, Univ. de Fribourg/e-codices: Virtual manuscript library of Switzerland

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All medieval manuscripts online? Challenges in systematic digitization in France.

  1. 1. All medieval manuscripts online ? Matthieu BONICEL International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2015
  2. 2. Where did we start? Where are we know?
  3. 3. <2007 : 0
  4. 4. 2008 : c. 4000 manuscripts
  5. 5. 2015 : >20 000 manuscripts
  6. 6. Incl. 7900 before 1500 (except Pelliot Collections)
  7. 7. Physical collections at the BnF Total ms. shelving: 18.5km (11.5 mi) Western Medieval ms : c. 4km (2.5 mi) 2O/25% digitized (incl. microfilms)
  8. 8. Easy? 20/25% in 8 years 100% by 2039/204 7
  9. 9. Major issues Totally non linear production Difficulties have been left asideOff-site collections NO standardised forms or formats
  10. 10. Metadata Lots of (very) poor catalogue records, most of them from retrospective conversions Cataloguing capacity < Digitisation capacity Lots of additional data, in and off library, difficult to track Good news : authority files become crucial for medieval material Bad news : authority files for medieval period are very poor and records have very few links
  11. 11. Production capacity
  12. 12. Online. What’s next? Usability Visibility Interoperability Partnerships with research and teaching institutions International cooperation On-site and online new services for digital users
  13. 13. Biblissima: some answers? Consortium with research institutions and 1 library Specific ontology based on a larger data model (CIDOC- CRM) Data semi automatic alignements and centralised authority file Image interoperability and annotation viewer using IIIF User oriented XML editor for TEI and EAD encoding
  14. 14. Thank you! matthieu.bonicel@biblissima-condorcet.fr http://www.biblissima-condorcet.fr http://bnf.libguides.com/manuscrits

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