Past events


Conference - Promoting access to manuscript content/Rendre accessibles les ressources manuscrites

Tue, 29/05/2012 - 12:00
Thu, 31/05/2012 - 16:00
May 29-31, 2012 Paris.

To register for the conference, go to the registration form

You can find a list of hotels near the Bibliothèque national de France here

Conference Program.

Tuesday May 29

12.00 -13.30 Arrival of participants
13.30 – 14.00 Welcoming speeches

Area Reports

Chair:  Jutta Weber

14.00 - 16.15  State of national manuscript / archival material catalogues, preservation strategies, digitisation strategies:

South Europe, Valentina Longo

Eastern Europe, Elisaveta Musakova
In the survey several East European countries are represented in regard with the cataloguing of manuscript collections, cataloguing standards or recommendations and the recent projects aiming at digital access to manuscripts. Assuming that neither their manuscript collections nor processing of them has been sufficiently put into focus in a larger European context, the stress is laid on the practices and activities in the national libraries in the following Balkan countries - Bulgaria, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Rumania, Croatia and Albania. Some specifics of the classification and management of modern manuscripts holdings are given attention and also, the still low level of awareness in what concerns the born digital manuscripts.    

 Francophonia, Michèle Sacquin

English speaking countries, Scot McKendrick

German speaking countries, Jutta Weber

Scandinavia, Ivan Boserup

Benelux, Ann Kelders

16.15 – 16. 30 Coffee break.

The content of manuscripts, promoted today and in future

Chair: Elisaveta Musakova

16.30  – 17.00 Cataloguing standards, results of the survey (Anna Gudayol)
17.00 – 17.30 “Born-digital manuscripts”: Report about ongoing projects in Europe (Ivan Boserup)

18.00 – 19.30 Visit of a BnF exhibition (excluding Miniatures flamandes) or the “Labo” or “Réserve des Imprimés” (Rare books department)

19.30 Welcoming cocktail (Foyer du Petit Auditorium)


Wednesday, May 30

Advertising manuscript content. – Dealing with legal problems

9.00 – 13.00

Chair:  Jutta Weber

Of the 4 workshops 2 workshops will be held simultaneously, so that you are invited to decide which 2 workshops (1 and 3, 1 and 4, or 2 and 3, 2 and 4) you would like to attend. Aftera short introduction to the workshops and having secured that both (1 and 2) are choosen by approximately the same number of participants the groups will separate and present their results before the next two workshops (3 and 4) will start.

Introduction Workshops 1 and 2: Jutta Weber

Promotion and outreach often come to their limits, when legal issues are concerned. We offer two workshops during which the attendees will have the opportunity in the first workshop to discuss their special activities in promoting access to manuscripts and personal archives while in the second workshop the problems which are caused by legal restrictions or even legally provided rights shall be the focus of the discussions.

9.30 – 10.45
Workshop 1: Promotion and outreach (including Isabelle le Masne de Chermont, BnF /Gennaro Toscano, Institut national du Patrimoine on the “Conférences du Patrimoine”).

Workshop 2. Legal issues (Barbara Roth, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Genève).

10.45-11.00 Coffee break.

Introduction Workshops 3 and 4. André Bouwman

11.00 -12.15  
Workshop 3: Catalogus catalogorum:Descriptions of manuscripts in printed catalogues(Gerda Huisman, Groningen University Library).

The workshop will give the opportunity to talk about the status of non electronic catalogues of manuscripts, their history and how they are integrated in the electronic information systems of libraries and archives. There will be examples of regulations and attendees are very much invited to present their own solutions and discuss these. Please bring handouts along if available. An open discussion of the question how to act with this very important information today and how to find a way to present this together in future is very much appreciated. 

Workshop 4: Digitisation standards (Torsten Schassan, Wolfenbüttel).


14.30 – 15.00 Presentation of the results of the workshops.

15.00 – 16.00 Discussion.

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break.

New contexts for manuscript contents

Chair: Ivan Boserup
16.30 - 17.00 “From medieval manuscripts to the Proust papers, digitizing and advertising manuscripts with Gallica” (Guillaume Fau, BnF).

17.00 – 17.30  The EU funded project “DM2E” (Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana) (Stefan Gradmann, Humboldt University Berlin).
Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) is a name of our three-year project started 1st of February 2012 and co-funded by the EC. The project is led by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and involves 11 partners from 8 cuntries  with a triple objective:

- Providing substantial amounts of digitised manuscripts' representations together with rich context data to Europeana;
- Enabling such EDM based representations to be built automatically from different source environments (varying from simple, CSV structured textual data up to complex database backends of existing library automation solutions) as well as their automated contextualisation;
- Do a large scale experiment regarding the reuse of the RDF-based EDM data and their context together with the original digitised objects in a specialised prototype platform involving digital humanities communities.
The main outcomes of DM2E will be data, a data migration and EDM production toolchain and a substantial contribution to the ontological modeling digital humanities methodologies

17.30 – 18.00 "L'interface Manuscrits du Catalogue collectif de France: bilan et perspectives" = "The Manuscripts interface of the French union catalog: result and prospect" (Jerôme Sirdey, BnF)

18.30 – 19.45  Visit to « Miniatures flamandes ».

20.00  Conference Dinner (Belvédère)


Thursday May 31

Research, teaching and curating: New technologies for display of manuscript contents

Chair: Michèle Sacquin
9.15 -10.00 “Nachlass Friedrich Nicolai online” and the “Bentham Project”: editions based on crowd sourcing technologies (Rainer Falk, Theodor Fontane-Archiv, Potsdam andTim Causer, University College London).
10.00 - 10.30 “Shared Canvas: a data model for digital manuscripts interoperability developed in cooperation with Stanford University” (Mathieu Bonicel, BnF).
10 .30 – 11.00  “Circulation of Knowledge” (Charles van den Heuvel, head of the Huygens Institute in The Hague).

11.00 -11.30 Coffee break.

11.30-12.00 Farewell speeches (Isabelle le Masne de Chermont, Jutta Weber).

12.00-12.30 Board meeting.


14.00 - 16.00 Visits: Site Richelieu or Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal or Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra.


Tue, 29/05/2012 - 12:00 - Thu, 31/05/2012 - 16:00
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