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.



Simmons College Students Reconstruct Book of Hours

Lisa Fagin Davis' Simmons Library Science students have published their reconstruction of part of Otto Ege's "50 Original Leaves" no 30, by uploading, cataloguing, and sequencing 27 known leaves from 27 different collections. Their work validates Fragmentarium's promise, both as a platform for reconstructing massively dispersed manuscripts and as an instrument for bringing research into the classroom. [...]

Fragmentarium in the News

In conjunction with the launch of the website, Fragmentarium saw extensive coverage in the news. We provide below a selection of some of the coverage:
  • St Galler Tagblatt (also in: Luzerner Zeitung, Nidwaldner Zeitung, Zuger Zeitung), Freiburger Nachrichten, La Liberté (PDF) (also in: Le Courrier)
  • Freiburger Nachrichten

  Upcoming Events


Visual Approaches to Cultural Heritage, ETH Zurich

Project managers William Duba (Fragmentarium) and Maria Widmer (e-codices) will present "e-codices and Fragmentarium. Building for and Building upon the Interoperability Paradigm". [...]

Innover pour redécouvrir le patrimoine écrit, Paris

Fragmentarium project manager William Duba will speak on "IIIF au coeur de la recherche: publier, agréger et divulguer les fragments de manuscrits médiévaux" and Rafael Schwemmer, director of text & bytes will speak on "Quelques applications pratiques de IIIF pour les bibilothèques numériques et au-delà". [...]

Fragmentarium Director At Oxford Symposium

Christoph Flüeler, director of Fragmentarium and e-codices, will participate in the Symposium "Disiecta Membra Musicae: The Study of Medieval Music Manuscript Fragments ca. 800–1500", to be held at Magdalen College. He will deliver a paper entitled "Fragmentarium – Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments. Case Studies on Music Manuscript Fragments". Registration is now open.



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:

  • 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
  • Herzog-August-Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
  • 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
  • Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig
  • University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia
  • Yale University, New Haven