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.
Case Study 1: In situ manuscript fragments in the incunabula of the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Case study 2: Rendre la bibliothèque de Florus de Lyon à son intégrité (Restore the library of Florus of Lyon to its original state)
Case study 3: Describing book decorations in an online database – Illuminated fragments of manuscripts at the Austrian National Library
Case study 4: Cataloguing and Digitization of Manuscript Fragments of the Leipzig University Library
Case study 5: Psalms and Psalters in the Manuscript Fragments at the Abbey Library of St. Gall
Case study 6: Analyzing in situ Fragments in the Beinecke Library Incunables
Case study 7: Fragments with Musical Notation in the Herzog August Bibliothek
Case study 8: The Medieval Fragments of the Abbey of Mondsee
Case study 9: Lewis Fragments at the Free Library
Case study 10: Burnt Anglo-Saxon fragments at the British Library: Reassessing the evidence with multispectral imagery (MSI)
Case study 11: Fragments in Greek Libraries
Case study 12: Boston-Area Fragments
ULB Innsbruck's fragment project wins award
The Fragmentarium team congratulates its partner project “Die abgelösten Handschriftenfragmente der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol und ihre digitale Erschließung” and Claudia Sojer for receiving the prestigious 2018 “Recognition Award” given by the Eduard Wallnöfer Stiftung der Tiroler Industrie.
Under the direction of Martin Wagendorfer, the project began its work in October 2018 and will digitize 214 fragment shelfmarks by 2020, publishing the images along with scientific descriptions on Fragmentarium.
For more information on the Project click here.
Fragmentarium Phase II Announced
The Fragmentarium team is pleased to announce that the Swiss National Science Foundation has approved the project “Fragmentarium Phase II”, to run from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022. The goal of “Phase II” is to turn Fragmentarium from a pilot project into an open research laboratory for medieval fragments. This news means that more and greater things can be expected from Fragmentarium as it seeks to achieve a global scope.
Fragmentarium to the Fore at Visual Heritage 2018
At the forthcoming Visual Heritage 2018 Conference, November 12-15 in Vienna, Dr. Katharina Kaska, manuscript scholar and Fragmentarium fellow, has organized a session "From analogue death to digital rebirth", Monday afternoon. Among the assembled international experts presenting on manuscript material are Fragmentarium Fellow Ivana Dobcheva and project associate Veronika Wöber, discussing their work on the library of Mondsee Abbey, and Fragmentarium Project Manager, Dr. William Duba.
Fragmentarium Fribourg Workshop
The next Fragmentarium workshop "Bits and Pieces. Medieval Manuscript Fragments in the Digital Age" has been announced. [...]
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.
- 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.
- Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich
- Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, together with the BIBLISSIMA team for excellence
Bodleian Library, together with St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
- Center for History and Palaeography – National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, Athens
Harvard University Library, Cambridge MA, together with the Medieval Academy of America
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna
- Stanford University Libraries
Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen
- The British Library, London
- The Schøyen Collection, Oslo and London
- Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio meridionale
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia
Yale University, New Haven