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Vol. 33, no. 2

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Pan-European Resources

The Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe's prosperity and well-being has been released. Read the report in the various official European languages and electronic formats at http://europa.eu. The report is further complemented by the report on "Digital Libraries: recommendations and Challenges for the Future".

The site of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), provides a host of interesting resources on its site at http://www.cerl.org, including:

On May 5th, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) announced that it now contains 5,000 journals, offering close to 400,000 articles, in Open Access.

Though this is not technically a new project, the eBooks on Demand (EOD) or http://books2ebooks.eu/ is a European service worthy of mentioning, as it provides access to millions of books published from 1500 to 1900 in electronic form upon request. The project, co-funded by the EU, comprises 13 European libraries from 8 countries. Learn more about EOD at http://books2ebooks.eu/about.php5. A list of participating libraries is at http://books2ebooks.eu/partner.php5.

Jim C. alerted the WESS-L list of the EU’s Europeana group's "Judaica Europeana" project, which unites 10 institutions to document Jewish culture in Europe. The initial press release is at http://judaica-europeana.eu/news.html#Kickoff. Jim also referred to an interview with Rachel Heuberger, one of the project coordinators, at http://www.fr-online.de/frankfurt_und_hessen/campus/2323808_ueberall-verstreut.html.

As announced by Thea on WESS-SSH, the conference presentations of the Third Conference on European Historical Bibliographies are now freely available online.

French Resources

The "Documentation française" has placed online the report entitled "Schéma numérique des bibliothèques" prepared by Bruno Racine, Director of the BnF, at the request of Frédéderic Mitterand, Minister of Culture and Communication. The report is further completed by that of Marc Tessier, also following the request of Frédéderic Mitterand, at http://www.culture.gouv.fr/mcc/Actualites/A-la-une/Mission-sur-la-numerisation-du-patrimoine-ecrit.

The "Conservatoire numérique, bibliothèque patrimoniale virtuelle du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers," has digitized the journal of popular science La Nature : Revue des sciences et de leurs applications aux arts et à l'industrie for the years 1873 to 1942. According to the site, the journal is essential to the history of science and technology and the dissemination of scientific culture. In addition to numerous digitized monographic, the CNAM further provides access to the following serials:

  • Annales du CNAM (1861-1864, 25 vol.)
  • Bulletin de la Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale (1802-1943, 166 vol.)
  • Cahiers d'histoire du CNAM (1992-1996, 4 vol.)
  • Catalogues de constructeurs (75 vol.)
  • Le Génie industriel (1851-1871, 41 vol.)
  • La Lumière électrique (1879-1894, 89 vol.)
  • Mémoires de la Société des ingénieurs civils (1848-1925, 114 vol.)

The University of Provence, the maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme (MMSH) and TELEMME laboratory in Aix-en-Provence have the pleasure to announce the development of a new international website dedicated to enhancing the value of cartographic documents organised in series – CartoMundi. Read more about CaroMundi at http://cartomed.mmsh.univ-aix.fr/index_EN.html and follow presentations at ESRI and IFLA below:

La Tribune has posted the "Dictionnaire politique d’Internet et du numérique," a collective work coordinated by Christophe Stener and prefaced by Alain Minc, at http://www.latribune.fr/static/pdf/Dictionnaire.pdf.

If you are looking for a French dictionary covering the internet and IT in general, the Dictionnaire de l'informatique et d'internet provides a useful complement to the Grand Dictionnaire Terminologique.

For information about French projects in Grid technology, the following site at Loria.fr provides a brief overview: http://www.loria.fr/equipes/algorille/projects.html.

Loria.fr further lists a number of French IT Research Projects, including READ at http://www.loria.fr/equipes/read/, which specializes in document analysis and text recognition. Among the many programs developed by READ, are systems for bibliographic record retroconversion (click on "Systems" for a list of projects), as well as a TOC recognition program, and more. For those so inclined, the full list of projects at Loria.fr is listed at http://www.loria.fr/research/equipes.

The BnF will be launching LABO on June 3 at -- according to the description, LABO will provide an online experimental place dedicated to the new technologies of reading and writing (“Un lieu expérimental dédié aux nouvelles technologies de lecture et d'écriture"). The BnF's much rumored agreement with Google will help in providing further raw material for experimentation.

The "portail de l’IE," a site for economic intelligence and strategic information management, was officially unveiled Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Hotel de Sully in Paris: http://www.portail-ie.fr/. The site aims at creating an environment in which the business world and academia find a place to meet and develop new IT projects and, presumably, profit generating endeavors.

The French independent booksellers portal, 1001libraires.com, will be launched in October 2010, with bibliographic records provided by Electre. Additional information on the project is at available at its official site http://pl2i.org/.

Through our indefatigable Sarah Wenzel and a post by Hannah Johnson on http://publishingperspectives.com/, we are alerted that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform over the summer, with full operation of the system expected by fall. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Reportedly the distributor Epagine is also involved.

The Médiathèque Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Chambéry is pleased to announce the posting on its website of digitized maps and charts of the Savoie at http://cartesbibliotheques.chambery.fr/. The site offers access to over 700 maps, some handwritten, others printed, the oldest being from 1600 by Jacques Fougeu.

From the Gallica blog: Quatre nouvelles bibliothèques partenaires dans Gallica<http://blog.bnf.fr/gallica/?p=1458, posted on April 25, 2010 : Four new digital libraries have recently added their content to Gallica, which is quickly becoming the central French Digital Library, uniting collections from all over the "hexagone." The new libraries that have joined forces with Gallica are the Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse, the Centre de Recherche en Histoires des Sciences et des Techniques Alexandre Koyre (CNRS), the Cinémathèque française, and Pôlib, the digital libraries of the University of Lille 1, Lille 2 and Lille 3. The blog entry provides further descriptions and direct links to the materials in Gallica. The blog entry is noted here, mainly as it confirms that Gallica is now functioning as the central portal or national digital library that includes collections from a growing number of participating French libraries.

A highly informative report on the situation of Open Access in France, which has been forwarded to the WESS List by Dominique, is available at http://openaccess.inist.fr/sites/openaccess/IMG/pdf/Open_Access_in_France_SELLreport_april_2010.pdf.

The "Centre de recherche d'histoire quantitative," backed by the University of Caen and the CNRS, have launched the peer-reviewed Cahiers du CRHQ in Open Access at http://www.crhq.cnrs.fr/cahiers/. The Cahiers du CRHQ aim to achieve rapid dissemination of the current work (workshops, conferences, and seminars) of the "Centre de recherche d'histoire quantitative." The aimed at publication schedule is two issues per year. Currently issues 1 and 2 are available on the site.

The Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon has begun digitizing its collection of local newspapers published between 1830 and 1914 at Presse lyonnaise du XIXe. The collection already includes over 60,000 pages from close to 200 titles. The goal is to digitize the entire collection of the BmL's 230 "small" local newspapers for a total of about 200 000 pages.

In La Lettre d'EchosDoc n°38, we are alerted to the launch of "SavoirSolidaire.net : Le portail des bibliothécaires francophones". The site offers French-speaking librarians with a participatory social networking and news portal.

Via Sarah and the ENSSIB blog, we are alerted to a project at the bibliothèque de Valenciennes to digitize its collection of 75 rare Carolingian manuscripts from the 11th Century, stemming from the "Abbaye de Saint-Amand." For this project, supported by the EU, the bibliothèque de Valenciennes joined forces with the BnF, as well as Belgian, German and Spanish libraries to capture their collections of Carolingian manuscripts. Eventually, all digitized manuscripts will be offered locally, as well as through Europeana.eu.

The French "Portail de la statistique publique française" has been established at the request of the French National Council for Statistical Information (Cnis) to enable the public to have better access to all the statistical information produced by official agencies. These include the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee), statistical departments of ministries, as well as by other public bodies, which, according to their area of expertise, complement and broaden these information with specialized statistics (agriculture, education, industry, tourism…).

The Cat'zArts database, which provides an of graphic works, paintings and manuscripts kept at the "École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts," and which has been online since late 2008, has been enriched with an English language interface, thus providing full bi-lingual access to its information.

Of particular interest for institutions with strong Breton collections is "Les champs libres", a project by the Bibliothèque de Rennes and the Musée de Bretagne. "Les champs libres" currently provides access to over 50,000 digitized objects and texts pertaining to the history, literature, and culture of the Bretagne.

Local historians might be interested in the online offerings of the "Archives départementales de la Vendée".

L'enssib and the ABF have placed online 20 years of the Bulletin d'informations de l'AB.

The bibliothèque municipale of Senlis has completed its project to place online the Afforty manuscript. The 9,142 images of 18,284 pages have all been checked and collated at http://www.bmsenlis.com/sitebmsenlis/afy/album. A summary of the project is available at the BM Senlis.

The Dictionnaire Octave Mirbeau has come online at http://mirbeau.asso.fr/dictionnaire/.

Italian Resources

Following a forwarded BBC announcement by James to WESS-L, Google is to digitize ancient Italian books at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF) and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (BNCR). The news flash affirms that the Italian government has signed a deal with Google to digitize up to one million books published before 1868, including works by Dante, Machiavelli and Galileo. For an Italian perspective, read the following article in the Corriere fiorentino.

PLEIADI, the "Portale per la Letteratura scientifica Elettronica Italiana su Archivi aperti e Depositi Istituzionali," aims at building a national Italian platform that offers centralized access to the scholarly literature archived in Italian OA repositories.

From WESS' Indexes and Guides to Western European Periodicals: The Emeroteca Italiana provides access to select issues from a large number of Italian newspapers and serials from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Included are select issues from the following periodicals:

  • Il Corriere della Sera
  • Il Giornale d’Italia
  • La Domenica del Corriere
  • La Tribuna
  • Il Piccolo-Giornale d’Italia
  • La Repubblica

and more... Following the information on the site, visitors may request digital reproductions of entire issues.

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana is planning to complete its project to digitize the 3,900 manuscripts belonging to the Plutei collection by December 2010: http://teca.bmlonline.it/TecaRicerca/index_ENG.html. The Plutei collection is one of the world's bibliographic treasures, containing the earliest manuscripts of Virgil's works, stemming from the 5th Century, as well as original manuscripts by Petrarch and Boccaccio.

The digital newspaper archive of the Dr. Friedrich Teßmann Library offers the possibility to skim and scan digitized newspapers and periodicals published in the Alpine area: http://dza.tessmann.it/

The digitization of the rare manuscripts and incunabula of the “Fondo Antico” at the Biblioteca del Sacro Convento is under way at http://www.sisf-assisi.it/digitalizzazione.htm. In addition to providing access to over 700 manuscripts, the project will lead to the digitization of thousands of incunabula and rare books from the 16th Century.

The CIRSFID is an interdepartmental centre of the University of Bologna that specializes in the history and philosophy of law and in legal informatics. The CIRSFID launched the "Irnerio project" at http://irnerio.cirsfid.unibo.it/ with the objective of digitizing and classifying the vast collection of legal and theologico-philosophical codices making up the rare-books collection of the Reale Collegio di Spagna in Bologna.

Spanish Resources

Following an announcement by Marisol Ramos, the collection of Spanish periodicals and newspapers from the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center are now available online at http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/collections/spanwomen.htm. The collection, which was acquired in the early 1970s by the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Connecticut, reflects the complex history of Spain through periodicals and newspapers for most of the 19th century. Of great interest and research value is the wide selection of women magazines written by men to appeal to a female elite audience. Among other things, the collection includes "short historical stories, poems, good advice for both men and women about the proper behavior of ladies at any age, beautiful colored and engraved images with the latest news of Paris fashion, music sheets of polkas and other music specifically composed for the magazines, and patterns for needlework to name only a few."

Through Sarah Wenzel and http://publishingperspectives.com/, we are alerted that Spain’s big three publishers will be launching their e-book platform under the name of Libranda, which will offer the biggest selection of e-books in Spanish and Catalán in the world. It seems, however, that Libranda will act as a digital distributor with no direct-to-consumer sales, which sounds as if libraries will be prevented from ordering e-books directly from Libranda.

Our no less indefatigable Adan Griego, via El Pais, alerted WESS-ROM readers that the correspondence of Benito Pérez Galdós has been digitized at http://www.lascartasdeperezgaldos.es.

Also via Adan, but this time by the way of Spain's daily ABC, are alerted that Spain's Biblioteca Nacional is to make available its musical archives online. (In the hope that the more recent austerity measures will not delay or cancel the project.)

The site http://www.koomic.com/ will provide a digital platform for comics and graphic novels from Spain. Not yet functional, the site will soon become available. Additional information can be read on another site that may be of interest to Spanish-speaking Wessies: http://www.lectoreselectronicos.com/.

Also via Adan--who should take over this column (at least the Spanish part of it)--we learned that the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde presented this spring a new portal destined to provide centralized access to the many Spanish digital libraries, archives, and museums that offer online resources. Clearly, as with the recent launch of the German Digital Library, the project is intended to provide centralized access to the many federal and local cultural institutions and their many digital resources in order to feed these into Europeana.eu. The Spanish Hispania portal currently already provides access to the contents of over 120 digital libraries, archives,and museums, as well as public and private scholarly institutions, with over 1.2 million files. In total, the site reports that there are 440 ongoing digitization projects in Spain, whose output ought to be captured by Hispania.

The "Archivos Personales y de Entidades" database is now available at the Biblioteca Nacional at http://www.bne.es/es/Catalogos/ArchivosPersonales/index.html. The database provides access to the personal and professional papers of prominent Spanish figures and "entities."

Portuguese Resources

The digital library "Portuguese Culture" has come online at http://purl.pt/. Quoting the site, "Portuguese Culture is a special Digital Library Project undertaken by the National Library of Portugal with the financial support of the Luso-American Development Foundation." The project aims at "promoting the internationalization of Portuguese culture by making freely available on the Internet English translations of works by Portuguese authors and other works in English that deal with Portugal and aspects of the Portuguese culture. Starting in 2009, the Project is developed as a special collection of the National Library of Portugal Digital Library planned to evolve gradually over a period of three years. The Portuguese Culture Collection will encompass a variety of materials from the holdings of the National Library of Portugal (manuscripts, printed texts, iconography, cartography, etc.) covering not only works of historical interest that are in the public domain but also more recent content for which a copyright license could be granted." As with other national European Digital Libraries, materials digitized for "Portuguese Culture" will be included in Europeana.eu.

A post by Claude on the Iberian Studies in SALALM's new blog and message to the WESS-ROM list alerts us to the "Portugal 1910-2010" exhibit at Berkeley and the Portuguese Historical Museum in San José. The exhibit is also available online on the Townsend Humanities Lab web site which includes a bibliography of the materials on display and that were consulted in preparation for the exhibit.

Claude also alerted us to the new availability of the Vocabulário Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa (VOLP) online at http://www.infopedia.pt/vocabulario/.

German Resources

The "Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek" project website was launched at http://www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de/index.htm. Federal, state and local governments as well as various cultural and scientific institutions will be feeding into this German Digital Library, which is planned to come online in 2011 and which itself will feed resources into the European Digital Library, Europeana.eu. According to the project site, the name "German Digital Library" is to be regarded as a temporary working title only.

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has launched the "E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Archiv" at http://eta.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/. The archive includes first and later editions, including many rare and artistic prints, letters, music manuscripts and drawings of E.T.A. Hoffmann. The site further provides access to numerous scholarly papers on the author's life and work, as well as images of original illustrations.

Following an announcement on the Vascoda blog, Vascoda -- which was designed and launched to be one of the main German internet-portals for scientific and scholarly information -- will curtail its activity due to lack of funding. Read the netbib weblog for additional information and comments.

The "Gesellschaft für Comicforschung" has a new home on the web at http://www.comicgesellschaft.de/. The site includes an interesting list of German online resources pertaining to graphic novels.

The "Biographie-Portal" or “Biographical Portal” is a cooperative project of the Bavarian State Library, the Historical Committee at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Foundation Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. As such, it would qualify as a Pan-European project, but the focus is decidedly on German-language biographical resources and it is, therefore, listed here. In sum, the "Biographie-Portal" provides a common search interface to the following well-known resources:

  • Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) [Universal German Biography]
  • Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) [New German Biography]
  • Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950 (ÖBL) [Austrian Dictionary of Biography 1815–1950]
  • Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (HLS) [Historical Dictionary of Switzerland]

In addition to this unified portal to biographical resources, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has completed capturing the full text of the Allgemeinen Deutschen Biographie (ADB) / Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). Biographic entries on over 46,000 personalities are now searchable in full text through the site.

The "Informationsmittel (IFB) : digitales Rezensionsorgan für Bibliothek und Wissenschaft" changed its format in 2009. Previously published twice a year, the IFB has now migrated to an online portal that will be continuously updated at http://ifb.bsz-bw.de/ifb2/. In addition to the ongoing posts, the site includes the complete back issues of the IFB, from Jahrgang 1, 1993 through Jahrgang 17, 2009.

Via Jim Campbell, we are alerted to the Free University of Berlin's database of the expropriated art works included in the 1937 "Entartete Kunst" exhibition. Following Jim, the database is "searchable, there are thumbnails and basic information about each work. A click takes you to fuller information and a click on the thumbnail on that page takes you to a larger image."

The Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur Online (KLGonline) has migrated to Munzinger Online. The latter also provides access to the following databases:

  • Film (Kritiken aus dem film-dienst)
  • Brockhaus (Die Enzyklopädie)
  • Duden (Das große Wörterbuch und das Fremdwörterbuch)
  • KLfG (Kristisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur)
  • KDG (Komponisten der Gegenwart
  • Länder (Internationales Handbuch - Länder aktuell)

The "Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung" provides access to a number of highly informative reports on the social situation, migration, and other pertinent issues, as well as several references works in Political Sciences, including the following titles, on its website at http://www.bpb.de/wissen/:

  • Politiklexikon
  • Handwörterbuch Politik
  • Duden Wirtschaft. Grundlagen und aktuelle Daten der Ökonomie.
  • Islam. Geschichte, Alltag und Kultur in 400 Artikeln.
  • Fischer Weltalmanach
  • Duden Recht A-Z

The portal Jüdische-Presse.de provides unified access to historical Jewish newspapers published in Germany and which have been digitized by the Jüdische Allgemeine and the two DFG-sponsored projects "Deutsch-jüdische Presse" and "Exilpresse."

Via Sarah and resourceshelf.com, we are notified that several Cologne-based libraries and the Library Centre of Rhineland-Palatinate (LBZ), in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz), are the first German libraries to adopt the idea of Open Access for bibliographic data by publishing their catalog data for free public use. The University and Public Library of Cologne (USB), the Library of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the University Library of the University of Applied Science of Cologne and the LBZ are taking the lead by releasing their data, while the Public Library of Cologne has announced to follow suit shortly.

Also via Sarah and resourceshelf.com, we learn that Springer and the DFG signed a national license for Springer eBooks and that this corresponds to the "largest eBook deal ever signed in Germany." Quoting the announcement: "The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a national license for all English-language chemistry, materials science and medicine titles of the copyright years 2005 – 2008. Concretely, this means that all researchers, students and staff at all publicly funded universities, technical colleges and research institutions will have access to the content included in the deal. The agreement was made possible by support from the German Research Foundation (DFG)." [Source:Springer Science+Business Media.]

The following was already announced on German-E by Jim C., but it's worth a second note: the Bierdeckeldatenbank. I clearly failed in my mission to announce significant development in the electronic realm from Europe by not having included the database in this column earlier. Thank you, Jim, for correcting this! As I browse through the 4,596 Bierdeckel--all hailing from one (comparatively) small region in Germany, Unterfranken--I wonder who ever claimed that Belgium had a greater variety of beers than Germany? To be continued...

The very important Handschriftencensus is growing increasingly complete at www.handschriftencensus.de/. The The Handschriftencensus provides an inventory of the manuscript transmission of German mediaeval texts. As of March 2009, it contains information concerning the transmission of more than 5,000 works from more than 20,000 manuscripts preserved in more than 1,200 libraries and archives.

The "Codex Falkensteinensis" or "Falkensteiner Codex" is being digitized by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and offered through the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online (BLO) at http://www.bayerische-landesbibliothek-online.de/codexfalkensteinensisen. According to the site, the "'Codex Falkensteinensis' belongs to the source category of 'Traditionsbücher.' Within this category of 'Traditionsbücher,' the codex assumes a special position, since it is the only surviving 'Traditionsbuch' of a family of the temporal nobility of the high middle ages, whereas the other 'Traditionsbücher' exclusively belonged to clerical seigniories." BLO further provides access to the "Freising Manuscripts" ('Traditionsbücher,' cartularies, urbaria and accounting books) at http://www.bayerische-landesbibliothek-online.de/freisingertraditionenen, which "document property ownership and transactions of goods, but also the transfer of persons to the ecclesiastical institutions (so-called liber censualium)."

The active "Münchner Digitalisierungszentrum" (MDZ) further continues to digitize rare manuscripts and to make these available through its site at http://www.muenchener-digitalisierungszentrum.de/. One of the latest additions has been "Das Ehrenbuch der Fugger," Augsburg, ca. 1545-1548 [BSB Cgm 9460], with additions [BSB-Hss Cgm 9460]. Those interest in regular updates about newly digitized manuscripts and other objects, may subscribe to the MDZ's RSS feeds at http://www.digitale-sammlungen.de/index.html?c=rss&l=de.

The Bibliotheksmagazin: Mitteilungen aus den Staatsbibliotheken in Berlin und München further announced that it completed the digitization of the five-volume set of Franz Freiherr von Eckgher, Fürstbischofs von Freising, Alphabetische Sammlung zur Genealogie des bayrischen Adels ( [S.l.] 1695 ), completing the Eckher von Kapfing und Liechteneck, Johann Franz: Collections and literature on the genealogy of the Bavarian nobility.

The Projekt Deutsches Textarchiv (DTA) and the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW) are cooperating on digitizing a multidisciplinary set of core German texts from the period around 1650 to 1900. Once completed, the project will provide researchers with a linguistically annotated, textual corpus of core German texts (not to use the much maligned term "canon") on the Internet. The project is described at http://www.deutschestextarchiv.de/ and receives the support of the DFG.

Austrian Resources

Austrian Literature Online (ALO), now includes over 13,000 digitized titles and participates in the European digitization on demand, http://books2ebooks.eu/, service, which provides access to thousands of titles held at participating European libraries. More about the http://books2ebooks.eu/ service is in the Pan-European section of this column.

The Innsbrucker Zeitungsarchivs (IZA), at the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, has launched Literaturkritik.at. Literaturkritik.at includes:

  • Essays on literary criticism in the amount of about 5-10 pages.
  • Announcements of new publications and book reviews.
  • Information on internships and job vacancies in the field of literary criticism.
  • Information on conferences and other events, as well as websites pertaining to literary criticism.

Swiss Resources

The portal www.e-rara.ch is now available online. The site currently contains more 800 titles printed between the 16th and 19th centuries. Users may browse through the different collections or the entire corpus of titles digitized in color and available as free PDFs. E-rara.ch aimst at digitizing several thousand titles, which will be fed into E-lib.ch, the Swiss Electronic library.

E-lib.ch, the Swiss Electronic library lists a number of interesting projects on its site, including:

  • Infoclio, the digital platform for the Swiss historical sciences.
  • The Kartenportal.CH, which aims virtual library for maps and geodata with meta-information for geodata offerings and a central map search at http://www.kartenportal.ch/.
  • Swissbib, the Metacatalog of Swiss university libraries and the Swiss National Library at www.swissbib.ch.
  • Information on the long term digitization project E-Depot.

The Zürcher Bibliographie is searchable online, as part of the offering of NEBIS, the "Network of Libraries and Information Centers in Switzerland." The Zürcher Bibliographie is a bibliography on the history, literature, and folklore of the city and the canton of Zurich. It is published annually and provides information on publications, articles and newspaper articles, which have a substantive reference to the city and canton of Zurich. Seminar, licentiate and diploma theses from the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich are not considered. Subsequent editions of works already in the database are included only if they contain new information; periodicals are listed in the year of initial appearance. Unpublished materials and grey literature are selected on the basis of scope, content and meaning.

RIECH, the "Répertoire d'imprimeurs et éditeurs suisses actifs avant 1800" (Directory of Swiss printers and publishers active before 1800) is now available online at http://dbserv1-bcu.unil.ch/riech/intro.php.

The GLN 15-16 is a comprehensive retrospective bibliography of all books printed in Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchatel in the fifteenth and sixteenth century: http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/bge/gln/.

Swissbib, the metacatalog of the Swiss university libraries and the Swiss national library, which aims at providing "a simple, fast and comprehensive gateway to scientifc information in Switzerland," was launched in beta at http://www.swissbib.ch/.

Scandinavian Resources

The HENRIK DATABASE of books and their owners in Finland up to 1809 is available at http://dbgw.finlit.fi/henrik/henrik_database.htm. Following the description on its site, the database "contains information about books and their owners in Helsinki and Oulu up to and including 1809. This information has been retrieved from estate inventory deeds and auction protocols. When conducting searches, information about books and their owners can be combined."

The ARTO: Reference Database of Finnish Articles is now freely available online on the site of the National Library of Finland. ARTO is bibliographical datbase, or index, to articles published in Finnish scholarly journals. ARTO indexes several hundred Finnish journals, mostly from the early 1990s to the present.

BeNeLux Resources

The Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen has launched the database Kunera of late medieval badges and ampullae at http://www.kunera.nl/. The database offers access to over 15,000 images of badges and ampullae of religious and profane subjects. The badges and ampullae played a major part in the dissemination of imagery from the late twelfth century to the middle of the sixteenth century. The dissemination of these pilgrims’ souvenirs further provide a perception of travel routes. The sites of production and where the objects were found are mapped out online, thus permitting to visualize the dissemination of the objects and the travel routes.

The site Bibliopolis from the KB aims at collecting the electronic national history of the printed book in the Netherlands at http://www.bibliopolis.nl/. Bibliopolis offers the researcher integrated access to various information sources:

  • A survey of the history of the printed book in the Netherlands, in 158 parts written by 40 leading book historians;
  • An image database containing highlights of the Dutch art of printing, portraits of printers and publishers, typefaces, printer's devices, watermarks etc.;
  • Reference sources on biographical data, bibliographical databases, information on book auctions, guide to book-historical websites and to special collections in Dutch research libraries;
  • Access to secondary literature in full text;
  • A retrospective bibliography with cross-references to online catalogues in the Netheralnds and abroad.

English Resources

Following a news release quoted in American Libraries, Oxford University Press launches Oxford Bibliographies Online. Read more at http://www.oup.com/.

William Hale, from the Rare Books Department at Cambridge University, announced the following project to re-catalogue its incunabula online. The project, which has been running for several months now, includes a blog which contains posts which highlight the items cataloged, such as "A book from Parrhasius's library", "Cicero re-ordered", which identifies the 1471 Venice edition of "De finibus bonorum et malorum" as the editio princeps of that text, and an appeal for help in identifying some painted arms in a copy of Pomponius Mela's "De chorographia". For further details of the project see:


The blog can be found at:


and the catalog can be searched at:


This spring, ProQuest announced the launch of EEBO Interactions: A social network for Early English Books Online at http://eebo-interactions.chadwyck.com.

January 2010 saw the successful launch at Edinburgh Napier University of Edinburgh City of Print, a multimedia website offering a wealth of print and publishing related material held in the collections of the City of Edinburgh Museums.

Please continue to submit notifications and/or reviews for inclusion in the upcoming issue of Europe in Bits & Bytes, as well as any comments to Sebastian Hierl.

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