Fragmentarium Fragmentarium

Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments

Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.



Fribourg Workshop Program Released

The Preliminary Program for the Fragmentarium workshop "Bits and Pieces" is now available! The papers and discussion sessions are open to the public; those interested in attending are asked to contact us at


Fragmentarium and e-codices in the News

The presentations by Fragmentarium and e-codices project managers William Duba and Maria Widmer at the CERL-Seminar "Visual Approaches to Cultural Heritage" have been summarized in a report on the event published in B-I-T-Online, the go-to German-language periodical for Library and Information Sciences.


Upcoming Event

Fragmentarium Fribourg Workshop

The next Fragmentarium workshop "Bits and Pieces. Medieval Manuscript Fragments in the Digital Age" has been announced. [...]


Fragmentarium and Fellow at the 41. Kölner Mediaevistentagung

The director of Fragmentarium and e-codices, Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler, and Fragmentarium fellow, Dr. Katharina Kaska, will speak at the upcoming Kölner Mediaevistentagung. [...]


Fragmentarium is an international digital research lab for medieval manuscript fragments that enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them online.

It aims:
  • to increase awareness of medieval fragments
  • to make them more accessible and thus open new avenues of investigation and further medieval fragment research in general
  • to improve networking and cooperation between fragment collections, manuscript and fragment scholars, digital humanities specialists and specialists for text and image recognition
  • to promote digital fragmentology and research on manuscript fragments in the digital age
  • to virtually reconstruct manuscripts from their dismembered parts
  • to create an international inventory of medieval manuscript fragments

Fragments of medieval manuscripts offer an as-yet largely unexplored field of study. Except for isolated initiatives and individual, often spectacular discoveries, traditional manuscript research has so far only marginally undertaken work with fragments. The Internet offers extraordinary potential for overcoming some of the chief difficulties of traditional fragment research. Building on the technology developed by e-codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland, Fragmentarium offers an application for scholarly work with fragments. Collaborating with 16 partner institutions throughout Europe and the USA, the project aims, over the next years, to lay the foundations for research on medieval manuscript fragments by providing open standards and guidelines.

Partner libraries: