First Fragments from Retracing the Past Published
21 July 2020
Fragmentarium published the first results of its project, "Retracing the Past: Writing and History in the Fragments of the Bibliothèque nationale de France", led by Dr. Laura Albiero and in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Over the next two months, the project envisions publishing hundreds of spectacular and under-studied fragments from the guard volumes of the BnF.
Tyrolean Fragmentology in the News
8 July 2020
Clauda Sojer, the motive force behind the project to digitize the loose fragments of the ULB Tirol (Innsbruck) has published in Italian the history of the Special Collections department of the ULB Tirol, including detailing their work with Fragmentarium:
C. Sojer, "La Abteilung für Sondersammlungen della Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol a Innsbruck. Breve saggio su storia, status quaestionis e progetti in corso" in Bibliothecae.it 9/1 (2020), 417–453. https://bibliothecae.unibo.it/article/view/11033
24 April 2020
Today, the Stadtbibliothek Trier published the fragments belonging to the Peter Bohn collection. Peter Bohn (1833-1925) taught at the Trier gymnasium and was one of the major figures in the restoration of the Gregorian Chant and the production of the Editio Vaticana. This collection of 126 liturgical fragments formed part of his research tools, documenting the resources at his disposal as well as the cultural history of the region. For more on the project, see the Bohn project page.
Fragmentarium Announces Zeno-Karl-Schindler Foundation (ZKS) Fellowships
The Zeno-Karl-Schindler Foundation (ZKS) has provided Fragmentarium - Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments, with a grant to support two early-career scholars in their research projects. With “Manuscript Fragments in Argentina”, Dr. Marcela Borelli (Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual– CONICET) will conduct a first-ever survey of medieval manuscript fragments contained in Argentine libraries, archives, museums, and private and public collections. Complementing Borelli’s exploration of Latin American fragments is “Maculature in the van Buchel Collection”, the project to be conducted by Dr. Vito Santoliquido (École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques, Lyons). Dr. Santoliquido will study the fragments bound in the former library of Hubert van Buchell (1513-1599), now at the Utrecht University Library. The results of both projects will be made available online and in Open Access on Fragmentarium, as well as in peer-reviewed scientific publications. In addition, the ZKS grant will enable Fragmentarium to launch a pilot project of integrating Fragmentarium’s collection of fragments with an Open Linked Data model that would allow the unequivocal identification of handwritten sources such as manuscript codices and fragments, while enabling the connection of those sources other data available online.
17 March 2020
Fragmentarium Announces Grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has provided Fragmentarium - Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments with funding to support groundbreaking research into the world’s written cultural heritage. This grant enables the digitization, exploration, description, and publication of medieval manuscript fragments from the National Library of France (BnF) in Paris. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation/Fragmentarium Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Laura Albiero, has already begun analyzing some of the most important pieces in the collection, those that survive in fragment volumes (“guard books”). These books were made in the nineteenth-century, when librarians grouped by subject and bound together the most precious fragments from the Middle Ages. In spite of their significance, these fragments have never been catalogued adequately or explored systematically. In its first months, this project has already led to significant and exciting discoveries, including the discovery of unknown liturgical texts and the identification of the place of production of some fragments. The first fragments are expected to be published on Fragmentarium in Spring 2020.
11 March 2020
Fragmentarium Featured in Harvard Magazine
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.
19 February 2020
Fragmentarium Cataloguing Course in Fribourg, 27-28 August, 2020
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.
When: 27-28 August 2020
Where: University of Fribourg
Fragmentologist Presents Tirol Fragments
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.
When: 31 January 2020
Where: Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
Fragmentology 2(2019) Published
The second issue of Fragmentology, the Open Access eJournal dedicated to the study of medieval manuscript fragments, was published on December 23, 2019. 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.
18 December 2019
Hooking Up with Fragmentarium Director in Philadelphia
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.
When: 21-23 November 2019
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia and Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, Philadelphia
Fragmentarium Presentation at Trans.Script (Cluj)
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.
29 October 2019
Dietsche Doctrinale Puzzle Solved
The GoDigital 2.0 project on Mondsee Abbey Fragments continues to bear fruit. Project member Larissa Rasinger published on 14 October, 2014 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.
14 October 2019
Fragmentarium Hosts First Cataloguing Course
August 26-28, 2019, 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.
28 August 2019
Symposium on Fragments in Dublin
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.
When: 17 October 2019
Where: University College Dublin
Fragmentarium and e-codices at Salzburg Conference
The Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreises für Bibliotheks-, Buch-und Mediengeschichte is holding conference at the Erzabtei St. Peter, Salzburg, 26-28 September 2019, on the theme: "Fenster zur Ewigkeit: Die ältesten Bibliotheken der Welt" on the four oldest libraries of the world: Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona, St. Catherine in Sinai, St. Gallen, and St. Peter in Salzburg. William Duba and Maria Widmer, project managers of Fragmentarium and e-codices, respectively, will present a paper on reconstructing the oldest libraries in the world: the example of St. Gallen. See the conference program.
When: 26-28 September 2019
Where: Erzabtei St. Peter, Salzburg
Stadtbibliothek Trier Announces Beginning of Cooperation with Fragmentarium
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.
23 July 2019
Fragmentology in Leeds!Fragmentarium fellow Dr. Katharina Kaska has organized a session at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds. Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 14:15-15:45 the session Fragments: Texts Reduced to Objects features four exciting papers by leading and up-and-coming fragmentologists on the subject of fragmentology. Moderating the event is member of the Fragmentology board, Prof. Dr. Christoph Egger. We are declaring this the must-see event of the summer!
Fragment seminar in Melbourne
Noted Fragmentologist and Digital Humanist, Dr. Rose Faunce, will give a seminar "Connecting the fragments of a broken book" Wednesday, 29 May at the University of Melbourne, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Her presentation, to be held in the Fourth-floor linkway of the John Medley Building, will include a discussion of the possibilities offered by the Fragmentarium platform.
When: 29 May 2019, 4:30 PM
Where: University of Melbourne, John Medley Building
Mondsee Project in the News
The Austrian newspaper Der Standard ran on 12 May 2019 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.
13 May 2019
Fragmentarium Project Presentation at the Université de Fribourg
Veronika Drescher, William Duba, and Christoph Flüeler, Fragmentarium's doctoral researcher, project manager, and director, respectively, will present the Fragmentarium project at the University of Fribourg, Monday, 6 May, at 1715 in the Salle Laure Dupraz, Rue de l'Hôpital 4 (Kinderstube). The event is open to the public.
When: 6 May 2019
Where: Salle Dupraz, Kinderstube, Université de Fribourg
Fragmentarium included in in MDR
The Medieval Academy of America has informed Fragmentarium that it has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Medieval Digital Resources, its curated guide and database. Entries in the MDR meet the Medieval Academy of America's scholarly and technical standards for web presentation. Visit our resource page today!
12 April 2019
Digital Scriptorium Plans for the Future
The pioneering project Digital Scriptorium revealed recently that they have undertaken steps to plan for the project's future, organizing in late February 2019 a series of planning meetings for "Digital Scriptorium 2.0", and bringing in a range of experts from around the globe, including Fragmentarium Project Manager William Duba.
21 March 2019
Fragmentarium on the Digital Horizon
Fragmentarium contributor Dr. Claudia Sojer will be presenting her fragment project with a poster "Handschriftenfragmente der ULB Tirol" at the conference: Digitale Horizonte. Innovation für Gedächtnis- und Forschungsinstitutionen, Friday 1 March 2019 at the University of Graz.
When: 1 March 2019
Where: University of Graz
Bits and Pieces II: Fragmentarium at Marco Workshop
The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville has announced the program for the 14th Annual Manuscript Workshop, entitled Bits and Pieces. Fragmentarium Project Manager, William Duba, will present “Fragmentarium: A Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments.”
When: 1-2 February 2019
Where: Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Fribourg (Switzerland), 11 December 2018. Fragmentarium (https://fragmentarium.ms), the digital laboratory for medieval manuscript fragments, announced today the launch of Fragmentology (http://fragmentology.ms), an international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal dedicated to publishing scholarly articles, research notes, and reviews concerning medieval manuscript fragments. The first issue ( http://fragmentology.ms/issues/1-2018/) contains articles on a range of topics, spanning from the early middle ages to the twenty-first century:
Table of Contents:
- Fragments and Fragmentology (Editorial), William Duba and Christoph Flüeler (1-5)
- Reconstructing Burnt Anglo-Saxon Fragments in the Cotton Collection at the British Library, Andrew Dunning, Alison Hudson, and Christina Duffy (7-37)
- Psalms and Psalters in the Manuscript Fragments Preserved in the Abbey Library of Sankt Gallen, María Adelaida Andrés Sanz (39-63)
- A Seventeenth-Century Treasure Hunter in the Rubble of a Ninth-Century Library: Gathering Fragments and the History of Libraries, Pierre Chambert-Protat (65-81)
- Manuscript Fragments in the University Library, Leipzig: Types and Cataloguing Patterns, Ivana Dobcheva and Christoph Mackert (83-110)
- In situ manuscript fragments in the incunables of the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Fragmentarium Case Study, Ruth Mullett (111-120)
- Fragments and Fakes: The Arbor consanguinitatis of the Fondation Martin Bodmer and a Contemporary Forgery, William Duba and Christoph Flüeler (121-153).
Fragmentology welcomes submissions, both articles and research notes, on any aspect pertaining to Latin and Greek manuscript fragments in the Middle Ages. Fragmentology is based at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation. Authors of articles, research notes, and reviews published in Fragmentology retain copyright over their works and have agreed to publish them in open access under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Submissions are free, and Fragmentology does not require payment or membership from authors or institutions.
Editors: Christoph Flüeler (University of Fribourg), William Duba (University of Fribourg)
Book Review Editor: Veronika Drescher (University of Fribourg)
Editorial Board: Lisa Fagin Davis (Cambridge, MA), Christoph Egger (Vienna), Thomas Falmagne (Frankfurt), Scott Gwara (Columbia, SC), Nicholas Herman (Philadelphia), Christoph Mackert (Leipzig), Marilena Maniaci (Cassino), Stefan Morent (Tübingen), Åslaug Ommundsen (Bergen), Nigel Palmer (Oxford)
Contact: Fragmentology, Fragmentarium, Rue de l’Hôpital 4, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
11 December 2018
Fribourg Workshop Photos
Some photographs from the October 2018 Workshop, "Bits and Pieces". Special thanks to the photographers, Joon-Ki Choi, Andrew Dunning and Elena Iourtaeva!
11 December 2018
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.
11 December 2018
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.
1 December 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 September 2018
Fragmentarium Fribourg Workshop
The next Fragmentarium workshop "Bits and Pieces. Medieval Manuscript Fragments in the Digital Age" has been announced. October 5-6, the 2017-2018 Case Studies fellows, along with supervisors and leading fragmentologists will discuss their findings at the Université de Fribourg, home to Fragmentarium and e-codices. More details will be forthcoming. Those interested should contact Fragmentarium at email@example.com.
When: 5-6 October 2018
Where: Université de Fribourg
Fragmentarium and Fellow at the 41. Kölner Mediaevistentagung
The 41. Kölner Mediaevistentagung, having as its theme "Die Bibliothek/ The Library/ La Bibliothèque. Denkräume und Wissensordnungen", will feature the director of Fragmentarium and e-codices, Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler, who will speak on "Virtual Medieval Manuscript Libraries" on Wednesday, 12 September at 11:30. The day before, at 15:00, Fragmentarium fellow, Dr. Katharina Kaska, will speak on "Netzwerke ohne Grenzen und die Grenzen des Netzwerkes in der hochmittelalterlichen Buchproduktion."
When: 12 September 2018
Where: 41. Kölner Mediaevistentagung, Cologne
Macerata Students (re)Publish Munich Fragments
On May 3, 2018, the Laboratorio di Umanesimo Digitale of the Università di Macerata got to experience first-hand Fragmentarium’s approach to interoperability. The students examined the digitizations of early printed works hosted at the Münchener DigitalisierungsZentrum of Fragmentarium Partner, the Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, in particular, looking at the fragments incidentally digitized in the bindings. Using IIIF to import the images into Fragmentarium, the students published a selection of fragments, harnessing the power of interoperability to make a contribution to fragment studies. Their results are now online!
28 May 2018
Australian Scholar Publishes Canberra Fragments
Dr. Rose Faunce of the Australian National University in Canberra has published five fragments from the ANU’s collection. She has accompanied these beautiful digitizations with detailed descriptions, transcriptions, and research into their provenance, tracing four to Otto Ege’s biblioclastic work.
25 May 2018
Gottschalk Antiphonal Comes to Fragmentarium
Lisa Fagin Davis has now published on Fragmentarium her reconstruction of the Gottschalk Antiphonal, the subject of her Ph.D. thesis and of her landmark 2000 study published by Cambridge University Press. See also her discussion of the process, including videos, on her world-renowned Manuscript Road Trip blog.
23 May 2018
Fine Books & Collections Features Fragmentarium
The North American Quarterly, Fine Books and Collections, includes a feature on Fragmentarium in their Spring 2018 issue, available at select Newsstands. For more information, see the magazine's website.
3 April 2018
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.
14 February 2018
At this year's International Medieval Congress, the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT) is organizing a session on the burnt library of Chartres: "From Myth to Memory: The Lost Medieval Libraries of Chartres". In what promises to be a must-see event, Fragmentarium collaborator, Veronika Drescher, will present her theories on how the medieval library of Saint-Père de Chartres came into being in a piece entitled: "Remembering the beginnings of a lost library: The case of Saint-Père-en-Vallée."
When: 2 July 2018, 14:15-15:45
Where: International Medieval Congress, The University of Leeds
LIBeR International Summer School 2018
The University of Cassino, in cooperation with the Abbey of Montecassino, has announced the LIBeR Summer School "Trends in Manuscript Studies. Sources, Issues and Technologies", naming Fragmentarium’s own William Duba to give the introductory conference. The five-day school in Cassino (Frosinone, Italy) will feature daily sessions at the University of Cassino, followed by workshops at the legendary Archive of Montecassino, where students will work with the incomparable treasures there. Pre-registration is now open.
When: 25-29 June 2018
Where: Cassino and Monte Cassino
Fellows and Friends at Kalamazoo
At the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Fragmentarium Fellow, Elizabeth Hebbard, has organized a roundtable entitled "Methods and Tools for Reuniting Manuscript Fragments". Fragmentarium Fellow Elena Iourtaeva will present her Case Study on Boston-Area Fragments, and Lisa Fagin Davis will share her experiences using Fragmentarium in the classroom.
When: 10 May 2018, 19:30-21:00
Where: 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Fetzer 1040.
Fragmentarium and e-codices at Hamburg Manuscript Cataloguing Conference
Fragmentarium director, Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler will give the paper "Describing Fragments as Physical Objects: Working with Fragmentarium" at the conference Manuscript cataloguing in a comparative perspective: state of the art, common challenges, future directions, to be held at the Hamburg Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures. Attendants will also not want to miss the presentation by Dr. Marina Bernasconi, "How digital libraries can influence the description of manuscripts: working with e-codices".
When: 7-10 May 2018
Where: Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg.
Manuscript IDs on the Way to an International Standard
As a follow up to last year's meeting, the director of Fragmentarium, Christoph Flüeler, together with the director of the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, François Bougard, and the director of the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of the Bayerische Staatsbibiliothek, Claudia Fabian, are organizing "Manuscript IDs : pour un Identifiant unique des manuscrits 2". The discussions could result in an official proposal of a standard (tentatively named ISMI for International Standard Manuscript Identifier). For more information, see the public announcement.
When: 3 May, 14:00 - 18:30
Where: Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - Paris, 40 avenue d'Iéna, Paris.
Fragmentarium returns to Stuttgart
Fragmentarium collaborator, Veronika Drescher, has been invited to participate in the Stuttgarter Mittelalterwerkstatt. She will discuss her thesis and the possibilities Fragmentarium offers for working with burnt medieval manuscripts in her presentation "Rekonstruktion der Bibliothek von Saint-Père de Chartres: die Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen der digital fragmentology".
When: 25 April 2018, 19:15-20:45
Where: Historisches Institut der Universität Stuttgart; Keplerstrasse 17, 1. Stock (M 17.17)
Fragmentarium Team and Fellow at the international Tagung der HandschriftenbearbeiterInnen in Basel
This year, the International Conference of Manuscript Specialists has dedicated an entire session to fragments, and Fragmentarium will be there in force. Project collaborator Veronika Drescher will present "Von der Archivschachtel zu IIIF – Fragmentarium: Internationales Netzwerk für Fragmente". Fragmentarium Fellow Ivana Dobcheva will discuss ideas and conclusions gained while working on two Fragmentarium Case Studies in "Fragmenterschließung im digitalen Zeitalter: Erfahrungen aus dem Leipziger Handschriftenzentrum und der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek". Finally, the Project Director, Christoph Flüeler, will address the theme "Was sind digitale Handschriftenbeschreibungen?". Program
When: 11-13 April 2018
Where: Hotel Bildungszentrum 21, Missionsstrasse 21, Basel
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".
When: 19-21 March 2018
Where: Magdalen College, Oxford
Fragmentarium To Attend the First Francophone Meeting Dedicated to IIIF
Biblissima and The International Image Interopability Framework (IIIF) are organizing an event, "Innover pour redécouvrir le patrimoine écrit", at the stunning new Campus Cordorcet in 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, the developer of the e-codices and Fragmentarium web applications, will present "Quelques applications pratiques de IIIF pour les bibilothèques numériques et au-delà".
When: 15 March 2018, 10:00-17:30
Where: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris-Nord, Auditorium, First Floor
Fragmentarium and e-codices Collaborate on Interoperability Presentation
Fragmentarium and e-codices at "Visual Approaches to Cultural Heritage". Project Managers Maria Widmer (e-codices) and William Duba (Fragmentarium) will present "e-codices and Fragmentarium. Building for and Building upon the Interoperability Paradigm" at the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) Seminar held at the ETH Zurich Library, on March 18. The complete programme and information on (free) registration have been published online.
When: 14 March 2018, 9:00-18:00
Where: ETH Library, Room E 101, Leonhardstrasse 21, Zurich
Bern Mittelalter Zentrum to host Fragmentarium Presentation
Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler, director of Fragmentarium, will give a talk entitled "Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments" as part of the Berner Mittelalter Zentrum's Lecture Cycle on Recycling – Kulturen der Wiederverwendung im Mittelalter.
When: 8 March 2018, 17:15-18:45
Where: Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, Hörsaal 220, Berne
Fragmentarium stars come out in Paris
This year, the IRHT-Paris’ Codicology Seminar Histoire des bibliothèques anciennes has as theme "Fragments et bibliothèques", and Fragmentarium of course is on the program. In the second installment, entitled "Autour du projet Fragmentarium", Fragmentarium fellow Pierre Chambert-Protat will speak on "Éparpillés façon puzzle : Baluze et les fragments de manuscrits lyonnais" (Scattered like a puzzle : Baluze and the fragments of Lyonnais manuscripts), while Fragmentarium collaborator Veronika Drescher will address the theme: "Faire revivre la bibiliothèque de Saint-Père-en-Vallée : les possibilités et les défis de la fragmentologie numérique".
When : 8 December 2017, 10:00-13:00
Where : IRHT Paris (40, avenue d’Iéna)
Fragmentarium Fellow addresses Fribourg Crowd
Fragmentarium Fellow Ruth Mullett, researcher working on the Bodleian Case Study, will speak on: "Fragments in Context: cataloguing manuscript fragments in incunabula. A Fragmentarium case-study at the Bodleian Library", in a talk organized by the Medieval Studies Institute of the University of Fribourg.
When: 4 December 2017, 19:15-21:00
Where: MIS 11 (Kinderstube), Rue de l'Hôpital 4, 1700 Fribourg, Salle Laure Dupraz (top floor of the building)
Fragmentarium on demand in Erlangen
In connection with the ten-year anniversary of the SCRIPTO Program, the Chair of Medieval and Early-Modern Latin Philology is organizing on November 16 an international conference entitled "Text und Überlieferung im lateinischen Mittelalter" (Text and Transmission in the Latin Middle Ages). At this event, Fragmentarium collaborator Veronika Drescher will present a paper entitled "Die Fragmente von Saint Père-en-Vallée. Rekonstruktion einer mittelalterlichen Klosterbibliothek", (The Fragments of Saint Père-en-Vallée. The Reconstruction of a Medieval Abbey Library) which stems from the research for her Ph.D. thesis.
When: 16 November 2017
Where: Erlangen, Mittellateinische Bibliothek (Kochstrasse 4, Room 3.010)
Fragmentarium on Swiss National Television
Fragmentarium was featured on the (French) Swiss National News Show, "le 1930", shot on the site of our Partner Institution, the Abbey Library of St. Gallen. The Director of the Project, Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler shows off one of St. Gallen's many in-situ fragments, as well as the e-codices digitization lab. Look for guest appearances from Fragmentarium's own Psalterium Gallicanum as well as the Vergilius Sangallensis.
Fragmentarium Fellow at the Monasteries in the Digital Humanities Conference
Fragmentarium Fellow Ivana Dobcheva will be presenting the new Austrian Case Study "Modellfall Fragmentendigitalisierung – Die mittelalterlichen Fragmente des Klosters Mondsee" at the Monasteries in the Digital Humanities Conference in Czȩstochowa, Poland. She will giving a paper entitled "Reading monastic history in bookbinding waste: Manuscript fragments from the Benedictine monastery of Mondsee and their new digital home Fragmentarium".
7 September 2017
Fragmentarium News Round-Up
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:
Radio: SRF1 , SRF 2 (also on: SRF 4), Radio Fribourg, Radio Freiburg, Couleur 3
Television: RTSUn (Journal)
Blogs: Medieval manuscripts blog (The British Library): Fragmentarium and the burnt Anglo-Saxon fragments
6 September 2017
On Friday, 1 September 2017, Fragmentarium officially opened its doors to the public in a ceremony at the St. Gall Abbey Library. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will be publishing online more and more fragments, reconstructions, and studies of fragments.
Christoph Flüeler, Project Director of Fragmentarium, together with his sister Brigitt Flüeler and Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar of St. Gall at the Launch
Photo: Joon Ki Choi
5 September 2017
Fragments and Fragmentarium at the Österreichischer Bibliothekartag 2017
Fragmentarium will be participating in the Österreichischer Bibliothekartag 2017, in Linz Austria, from Tuesday September 12 to Friday September 15. On Wednesday 13 in a session dedicated to fragments, Fragmentarium team member Veronika Drescher will be presenting the paper “FRAGMENTARIUM und die digitale Fragmentenforschung”. She will be joined by Fragmentarium fellow Katharina Kaska (Modelfall Fragmentendigitalisierung — Die mittelalterlichen Fragmente des Klosters Mondsee) and friend of Fragmentarium Michaela Scheibl (Die mittelalterlichen Handschriftenfragmente des Chorherrenstiftes Seckau). For more information, see the program.
3 August 2017
The Abbey Library of St. Gall and the Medieval Institute of the University of Fribourg are pleased to invite you cordially to the Opening of
Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments
Friday, 1 September 2017
Stiftskirche, 15.30: Organ Concert (Organist: Norbert Schmuck)
Musiksaal (Klosterhof 6b), 16.30: Greeting: Dr. Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar
Launch of the Web Application
Presentation: MMag. Veronika Drescher, PD Dr. William O. Duba & Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler
Apéro riche to follow
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3 August 2017
Fragmentarium Second Planning Meeting
Fragmentarium announces that the Second Planning Meeting will be held at St. Gall Abbey, 30 August to 1 September 2017. At the meeting, Fragmentarium Fellows will present the results of their research and will then join a select group of senior researchers and manuscript librarians to help chart the next phase of the Fragmentarium project.
14 April 2017
Fragmentarium Case Study Workshop, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel
From 31 May to 2 June, 2017, Fragmentarium partner, the Herzog August Bibliothek, hosted the 2017 Case Study Workshop, made possible through the support of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation and the Handschriftenzentrum of the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. The Fragmentarium team, met with fellows and supervisors involved in the 2017-2018 Fragmentarium case studies, as well as with other specialists in Fragmentology and the Digital Humanities. After hands-on with the Fragmentarium platform, the workshop featured lively discussions on strategies to describe fragments, especially ones with elements of decoration or musical notation.
Photo: Elena Iourtaeva
The Herzog August Bibliothek’s Director of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Dr. Christian Heitzmann, organized with Fragmentarium fellow Antje Hoffmann a special examination of some of the library’s musical fragments.
The fellows then presented the projects that they will work on in the coming season. Stay tuned for details on those!
Photo: Gerda Huisman
3 August 2017
Fragmentarium and Manuscript IDs
On 26-27 April, the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - Paris hosted a Workshop on Manuscript IDs. The goal of the workshop was to compare various national initiatives to assign identifiers to manuscripts and to launch a joint initiative to standardize such methods. Fragmentarium was present and engaged in the workshop. For more information, see the program .
30 April 2017
Fragmentarium Flew into IMC
Fragmentarium's own Veronika Drescher joined Fellows Katharina Kaska, Ruth Mullett and a star-studded cast of Fragmentologists at the 2017 International Medieval Conference in Leeds. On Wednesday, July 5, Kaska organized a double session entitled “Piece by Piece: Medieval Fragments in the Digital Age”, followed by a roundtable, “From Fragments to Fragmentarium”.
12 July 2017
Fragmentarium at Cambridge
Fragmentarium fellows Ruth Mullett and Katharina Kaska joined Program Manager William Duba as round-table participants in the context of the symposium, “Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts 800 - 1600”, held at Pembroke College, Cambridge, 23 June 2017.
30 June 2017
Houghton Fellowship Announced
The Houghton Library of Manuscript Studies has announced that it is accepting applications from Harvard University graduate students for a 2017-2018 Graduate Student Fellowship, in partnership with Fragmentarium. The deadline for Applications is April 15, 2017.
25 March 2017
Schoenberg Fellowship Announced
The Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies has announced that it is accepting applications from graduate students attending universities in the greater Philadelphia area for its 2017-2018 Graduate Student Research Fellowship, which it is offering in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and Fragmentarium. The deadline for Applications is April 1, 2017. For more information, see the official announcement.
10 March 2017
Wolfenbüttel, May 31 - June 02, 2017 – The second international Fragmentarium conference will take place at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.
7 October 2016
Paris, October 20, 2016 – Presentation at the CERL Annual Seminar 2016: Manuscripts: innovation and cooperation: Christoph Flüeler and Veronika Drescher: “Mettre à l’épreuve l’interopérabilité: Fragmentarium – Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments”.
7 October 2016
Dr. William O. Duba is Project Manager of Fragmentarium since October 1, 2016.
7 October 2016
Videos of „Le Temps“
Les manuscrits suisses #1: Les Morales de Job entre Engelberg et Cleveland:
Les manuscrits suisses #3: Le livre en mille morceaux:
7 October, 2016
Veronika Drescher is working as a guest researcher at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) in Paris until end of June 2017.
7 October, 2016
The international conference „Ex parte enim cognoscimus – Current State of Research on Medieval Fragments“ took place from June 6-8, 2016, at the University of Fribourg. In the course of these three days, manuscript scholars met with IT and photography experts to discuss ongoing work on the Fragmentarium platform with special focus on topics such as „Description Criteria for Medieval Fragments,“ „Metadata“ and „Photographic Reproduction.“ The program opened on Monday with an introduction to the web application followed by hands-on training, it continued the next day with a more general overview of topics relevant to digital fragmentology, and it concluded with a presentation of the six case studies that will be carried out in the next twelve months. The conference has been supported by SNSF, SAHS and the University of Fribourg.
October 7th, 2016
Fragmentarium in the News
Fragmentarium has been attracting interest not only among international experts, but outside the relatively small group of digital fragmentologists. Several Swiss newspapers are reporting on the project and its web application:
October 7th, 2016
Three new case studies have started
Since May 2016, three new case studies have been launched:
- Describing book decorations in an online database – Fragments of Illuminated Manuscripts at the Austrian National Library Mag. Dr. Katharina Kaska, M.A. und Mag. Friedrich Simader, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien – Betreuer: Dr. Andreas Fingernagel, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien.
- Psalms and Psalters in the Manuscript Fragments at the Abbey Library of St. Gall – Prof. María Adelaida Andrés Sanz - SNF-International Short Visit - Universität Salamanca) – Betreuer: Dr. Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar von St. Gallen).
- Cataloguing and Digitization of Manuscript Fragments of the University Library of Leipzig – Ivana Dobcheva M.A. - unterstützt von der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung – Betreuer: Dr. Christoph Mackert, Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig).
More information is provided in the “Case Studies” section.
October 7th, 2016
Fribourg, September 5–7, 2016 – Participation at the SNSF-Postgraduate courses (University of Fribourg): Rituels et mises en scène au Moyen Âge Cérémonies, symboles, liturgies, rythmes, dramatisations, débats – Rituale und Inszenierungen im Mittelalter. Zeremonien, Symbolisierungen, Liturgien, Rhythmen, Dramatisierungen, Debatten. Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) takes part in the programme: “Makulatur und Forschungsobjekt. Die Handschriftenfagmente der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen”
October 7th, 2016
St. Gall, July 8, 2016 – SCRIPTO Summer School St. Gall: Medieval Writing Culture (V to XV c.). Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) gives a presentation of and a workshop on Fragmentarium.
October 7th, 2016
Fribourg, June 6-8, 2016 – Ex parte enim cognoscimus – Current State of Research on Medieval Fragments, from June 6th to 8th at the University of Fribourg.
March 8th, 2016
Stuttgart, May 25, 2016 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) at the University of Stuttgart as part of the Stuttgarter Mittelalterwerkstatt: “Fragmentarium – Laboratorium zur digitalen Fragmentforschung “ (Keplerstrasse 17, Raum 17.81; 7.15-8.45 pm).
March 8th, 2016
Call for application: Project manager of Fragmentarium (60-80%)
The candidate must be a specialist in at least one of the following fields: palaeography, codicology, textual criticism, digital humanities. He or she will have an excellent professional network, be able to lead a team of collaborators and will take part in the fundraising. The project is located at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Starting date: May 1st, 2016, or date to be settled.
Deadline for application: March 31st, 2016
March 8th, 2016
Zeno Karl Schindler/Fragmentarium Fellowship 2016
Pierre Chambert Protat, Paris, Campus Condorcet, is our second Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation/Fragmentarium Fellow this year. His Case study is dealing with the dispersed library of Florus of Lyon. Title: Rendre la bibliothèque de Florus de Lyon à son intégrité (Restore the library of Florus of Lyon to its wholeness).
Call for application: Fellowship Abbey Library of Saint Gallen
We invite postdoctoral candidates to apply for a Fragmentarium fellowship. The theme of the research – which will be carried out between June 2016 and June 2017 – will be the biblical fragments preserved at the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gall. Applications should be submitted by February 28th, 2016.
Call for applications: Fellowship for Fragmentarium Case study at the University Library Leipzig
We invite postdoctoral candidates to apply for a Fragmentarium fellowship. The theme of the research – which will be carried out between June 2016 and June 2017 – will be the medieval fragments preserved at the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. Applications should be submitted by February 21st, 2016.
Graz, February 26, 2016 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) at the conference "Vernetzte Welten - Digitales Kulturerbe als öffentliches Gut" (6. Tagung „Digitale Bibliothek“).
The University Library of Leipzig receives a grant from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation to support the collaboration with Fragmentarium
The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation funds two case studies, the first at the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, the second at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, as well as a workshop in 2017.
Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation/Fragmentarium Fellowship 2016
Ruth Mullett, Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Cornell University, has been nominated as a fellow of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation. Her project, which has been conceived as a case study, will result in a digital catalogue of the in-situ medieval manuscript fragments of the Bodleian Library’s incunabula bindings.
Siena, December 10, 2015 – Participation of Marina Bernasconi Reusser (e-codices) at the Tavola rotonda “Per un confronto su prospettive di trattamento delle informazioni, elaborazioni e messa in rete di siti per la catalogazione partecipata di frammenti di codici” coordinated by Paolo Eleuteri at the International Conference “Frammenti di un discorso storico”, at the University of Siena, December 9-12, 2015. (Programme)
Fribourg, December 7, 2015 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher and Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) at the Mediävistisches Colloquium at the University of Fribourg
Fragmentarium is mentioned a second time in The New York Times (December 3, 2015): Yale Buys Collection of Scattered Medieval Pages.
Philadelphia, November 14, 2015 – "Picking Up the Pieces" - 8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, at the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, November 12-14, 2015 - Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Fragmentarium – A Worldwide Network to Bring Medieval Manuscript Fragments Online: the Technical and Institutional Challenges. (On Youtube).
Fribourg, October 27, 2015 – Programme Meeting SUK P-2: Get Together – Kurs auf eine Service-Drehscheibe für wissenschaftliche Information, Keynote presentation of Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Was ist ein etablierter Service-Provider?
Montheron, October 10, 2015 – Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, 10-years anniversary celebration, Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium)/ Sylviane Messerli (Fragmentarium): Fragmentarium - Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments.
Saint-Omer, August 25, 2015 – BIBLISSIMA summer school: Reconstituting a Medieval Library Today, the Example of Saint-Bertin. Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) takes part in the summer school and gives a short presentation of Fragmentarium: Fragmentarium. Laboratory for Digital Research on Medieval Fragments.
Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, May 14-17, 2015 - 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Session 114: All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe. Sponsor: e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland; Organizer: Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) and Ramona Fritschi (e-codices);
President: Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium), with the following presentations:
- Challenges in the Systematic Digitization of All Medieval Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France by Matthieu Bonicel, Bibliothèque nationale de Franc
- 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 Online by Sylviane Messerli, University of Fribourg/e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
Session 316: Textual and Manuscript Studies in Online Environments “Digital Manuscripts as Source Text and Edition” by Christoph Flüeler (published by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies blog).
Session 46: Digital Humanities Resources for the Study of Central Europe in the Middle Ages (A Round Table) with the participation of Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium)
April 23, 2015 – The Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation approves a grant.
April 4, 2014 – Fragmentarium is mentioned in The New York Times.
Copenhagen, October 9-11, 2014 – Consortium of European Research Libraries, 6th International Conference of the Manuscript Librarians Expert Group. Digital and Traditional Manuscripts: Challenges of a Great Migration. Ramona Fritschi (e-codices): Fragmentarium. A Project of an International Research Environment for Medieval Manuscript Fragments.
September 27, 2014 – the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides financial support to the Fragmentarium project.
Saint Louis (Missouri), June 18, 2014 – Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) takes part in the round-table session Digital Repositories for Medieval Studies. Challenges and Opportunities at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University.
Saint Louis (Missouri), June 16-17, 2014 – Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) takes part in the “Dismembered Manuscripts Planning Meeting”.
Copenhagen, April 2-4, 2014 – 15th seminar on the care and conservation of manuscripts at the University of Copenhagen, Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Restoration and digitization - a complementary approach.
Planning Meeting. Fragmentarium
Cologny (Geneva), January 30 – February 1, 2014
A total of twelve representatives of libraries and universities from Europe as well as from the United States took part in the meeting. The goal was to learn about the current state of fragment research and cataloging standards, as well as to lay the foundations for systematic research on medieval fragments. The meeting was sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Martin Bodmer Foundation. Participants: Matthieu Bonicel (Bibliothèque nationale de France and Biblissima), Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America), Andreas Fingernagel (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek), John Haeger (Stanford University Libraries), Timothy Janz (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana), Christoph Mackert (Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig), Scot McKendrick (The British Library), Marco Palma (Università degli Studi di Cassino), Nigel Palmer (St Edmund Hall, Oxford University), Agamemnon Tselikas (Center for History and Palaeography of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation), William Stoneman (Harvard University).
Budapest, October 17-19, 2013 – First public presentation of the project by Ramona Fritschi (e-codices): Fragmentarium – An International Research Environment for Medieval Manuscript Fragments at COST Action IS1005 - Medioevo Europeo – Medieval Studies and Technological Resources - 3rd Management Committee meeting.