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Precious Royal Manuscripts Make Online Debut

Rare documents can be examined in detail and compared

Illuminated manuscripts once owned by Carolingian Emperors, French King Charles V and the Aragonese kings of Naples are now available in stunning detail online, thanks to an exciting virtual exhibition: Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Final Conference of the Europeana Regia Project

Europeana Regia: A Digital Library of Royal Manuscripts
Review and Future Prospects of a European Collaborative Project

Thursday, 31st May 2012 from 2pm to 6pm
Colbert Auditorium – 2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris

Since 2010, the Europeana Regia project has drawn together three royal collections of European manuscripts, which have been digitised, described and made accessible both to researchers and the general public.

Europeana Regia presented at the "Ateliers du livre", Bibliothèque nationale de France

The project's website is currently presented at the workshop "Modernity of the Medieval Book", on Thurdsay March 29th in the Petit auditorium at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.









Carolingian Manuscripts Digitized for Europeana Regia in Reims, Amiens and Valenciennes

Throughout the second half of 2011, 131 Carolingian manuscripts were digitized in Reims, Amiens and Valenciennes in cooperation with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), as part of the Europeana Regia project.

This operation was made possible through the active participation of the three public libraries and the commitment of the three departments at the BnF which were involved: the Departments of Manuscripts, of Preservation and of Cooperation.

This is a novel experience in two respects:

Europeana Regia at eChallenges 2011

The annual eChallenges conference, held in Florence this year, opened yesterday and runs through Friday (26-28 October 2011). The Europeana Regia project will be presented this afternoon during a session on Digital Libraries and Cultural Heritage.

The presentation can be viewed below.

Results of a study on users’ expectations for the Europeana Regia website

The article, published in the latest edition of the Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France, outlines the scope and results of the study on users’ requirements and expectations with regards to the Europeana Regia website. Conducted in several stages from May to November 2010, the study focussed on three groups of potential users – researchers, secondary school teachers and the general public – to determine what use they might make of this digitised content and what specific needs and expectations they might have when consulting it.

Europeana Regia Presented at Two International Conferences

In March, Europeana Regia was presented in Paris at the international seminar “The Message of the Old Book in the New Environment”, organized by the Finnish Research Library Association and the Institut Finlandais en France during the 2011 Paris Book Fair (18-19 March 2011). Following a general overview of the project, this presentation focused mainly on the development of the Europeana Regia website, where it will be possible to consult the manuscripts in the context of their historical collections through a multilingual interface.

First Carolingian Manuscript Now Online (BnF)

The Sacrementary of Drogon (Paris BNF MSS Latin 9428, 9th century, between 845 and 855) can now be consulted online in Gallica:

Conference: Treasures of Written Heritage

4th May at the Institut National du Partimoine (Paris)

As part of the series of conferences, Treasures of Written Heritage: Manuscripts of the BnF under the Magnifying Glass, the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (Inp) and the National Library of France (BnF) present a conference on Frederick III of Aragon’s Book of Hours, a Franco-Italian masterpiece illuminated in Touraine.

Symposium: Digitisation of Written Heritage

30 and 31 March at the Institut National du Patrimoine (Paris)

Alongside the launch of programmes for the mass digitisation of printed books and the press, the digitisation of manuscripts and written archives is increasingly becoming a major issue in policies for the promotion of written heritage.

Limited at first to small projects or focussing on the “treasures” of the institutions where they are housed, today the scope of digitisation projects is expanding, often taking the form of collaborative projects on a national and international scale.