The latest issue of Harvard Magazine includes an article by Diane Booton entitled "Cut Missal Up..." Consequences of book-breaking, on the phenomenon of book-breaking in the past and at present. It concludes with a message of hope that digital technology and platforms, Fragmentarium in particular, can virtually reconstruct was has been torn asunder.
The second issue of Fragmentology, the Open Access eJournal dedicated to the study of medieval manuscript fragments, was published today. Featuring 215 pages of articles, research notes, and book reviews, the journal provides a view of current research results, presenting studies of individual fragments, fragment collections, libraries, and fields of research.
The GoDigital 2.0 project on Mondsee Abbey Fragments continues to bear fruit. Project member Larissa Rasinger published today on the Iter Austriacum blog the discovery of an offset of the Middle Dutch didactic poem Dietsche Doctrinale as part of their research. The Mondsee team then found the original fragment in Berlin and traced its movement. As with the other spectacular materials from Mondsee, The offset, fragment, and reconstruction are published on Fragmentarium.
Today, the Fragmentarium team concluded their first Cataloguing Course, a three-day workshop dedicated to introducing scholars, librarians, and interested parties to publishing fragments on the Fragmentarium platform. The first course helped establish the approaches and procedures to be used in future events, which will be announced in advance.
The Stadtbibliothek Trier's ongoing fragment digitization project serves as the subject for a series of articles in the German newspaper Volksfreund. One fascinating piece describes the digitization of fragments, while another presents Peter Bohn (1833-1925) and his trailblazing work on Gregorian Chant; Bohn's personal collection of musical manuscripts and fragments is currently at the Stadtbibliothek Trier. The director of the Stadtbibliothek, Prof. Dr. Michael Embach, announces the beginning of a cooperation with Fragmentarium to make these manuscripts available to the public around the world. We look forward to the collaboration.
The Austrian newspaper Der Standard ran on May 12 a feature on the Austrian National Library's Go!Digital 2.0 Project to publish on the fragments of Mondsee on Fragmentarium. The spectacular article features stunning, behind-the-scenes photographs and candid interviews with Fragmentarium Fellows and Collaborators Ivana Dobcheva and Katharina Kaska.
Fragmentarium announces that registration is open for its Cataloguing course, "Digital beschreiben - Katalogisierungskurs für mittelalterliche Handschriftenfragmente", to be held at the Continuing Education Centre of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, on 27-28 August, 2020.
The Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Innsbruck) is holding a conference "Die Kehrseite des Unsichtbaren" on 31 January 2020 as part of the exhibition: Vergessen. Fragmente der Erinnerung. At this conference, Fragmentology expert Dr. Claudia Sojer of the University of Innsbruck will be presenting her work on the Austrian National Bank-funded project to identify and to publish on Fragmentarium detached fragments of the University and Provincial Library of Tyrol. Information on the conference can be found at the Museum's website.
The Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, together with the Free Library of Philadelphia, will be holding "Hooking Up", the 12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age in Philadelphia, 21-23 November. The theme explores linking data in manuscripts and manuscript research. On 21 November at the Free Library, Prof. Mary Carruthers (New York University and All Souls College, Oxford University) will deliver the keynote address. On the following days, the action shifts to the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Christoph Flüeler, director of e-codices and Fragmentarium will participate in the panel discussion "What's Next", to be held on Saturday, 23 November at 4 pm.
On Tuesday, 22 October, Fragmentarium Project Manager, Dr. William Duba, presented "Medieval manuscript fragments, Fragmentology and Fragmentarium" to the Trans.Script center at the Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai in Cluj, Romania.
University College Dublin has announced a Symposium on Manuscript Fragments on 17 October, 2019. Presenting will be the Director of Fragmentarium, Prof. Christoph Flüeler, and Fragmentarium partner Lisa Fagin Davis, of the Medieval Academy of America. A program is now available.
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:
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.