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Vol. 28, no. 2

WESSWeb > WESS Newsletter > Spring 2005 > Europe in Bits & Bytes



Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase at NYU http://euterpe.bobst.nyu.edu/mednar/index.php, provides streaming video clips of contemporary performances of medieval narratives. The site is to serve as a teaching tool and provide examples of how medieval narratives, originally intended to be performed, may have been staged for their original audiences.

Published in association with the UK’s Open University, Didaskalia, an English-language electronic resource and journal dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama in performance, is available at http://didaskalia.open.ac.uk/. Focusing on Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music as they are performed today, Didaskalia is edited by a group of scholars, independent researchers, and museum curators in Europe and the U.S. The site includes the full text of the journal, information about conferences, performances, helpful links, and a study area.

On a subject close to the recent WESS conference in Paris, the PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life recently published a 17-page report entitled “An Uncertain Road: Muslims and the Future of Europe” at http://pewforum.org/docs/index.php?DocID=60.

The Warburg Institute at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London provides pdf files of 126 titles in Latin, German, and Italian, from the early 16th Century to the late 19th Century and pertaining to Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at http://www.sas.ac.uk/Warburg/mnemosyne/DigitalCollections.htm. Topics covered include “Festivals; Sources in the history of Astrology;” “Fortune Telling Books;” “Renaissance Platonism;” “Mnemonics;” “Emblem books;” “Encyclopaedias;” “Sources of Italian Art;” “Survival of Classical Art;” and “Christian Iconography.”


The Nederlandse Volksverhalenbank at the Meertens Institute contains over 32,000 folk tales of all genres: fairy tales, sagas, legends, riddles, jokes, so called “aapverhaalen,” and other. The oldest tales stem from the middle ages, but also the most recent, contemporary examples are included. The tales are in Dutch, Friesian, and regional dialects. The database is freely available at http://www.verhalenbank.nl/.

This is not a new site and project, but the Emblem Project Utrecht may not be well known and is well worth a visit at http://emblems.let.uu.nl/emblems/html/index.html. Focusing on Dutch love emblems, the site aims at presenting editions and indexes of about twenty-five emblem books, religious as well as profane. Currently, nine emblem books have been digitized and include full transcription, page facsimiles, and indexes. Links to sources and parallels, as well as translations and annotations are being added.

The first catalog of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Bibliotheca Groningae, founded in 1619, has been reproduced online at http://syllabus.ub.rug.nl/.

Vincent van Gogh's letters, unabridged and annotated, have been placed online at http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/. The site includes letters written by and to the artist between 1872 and 1890. Fully searchable, the database contains "Over 16,000 searchable words, 62 index topics, 1,284 topic citations, and 1,223 artwork citations." Edited by Robert Harrison, the letters are organized by broad topics: “Art,” “Attitude,” “Business,” “Fear,” “Feelings,” “Food-and-drink,” “Health,” “Lifestyle,” “Psychology,” and “Theo,” including sub-topics, such as “influences” under “Art” and “reclusive” under “Lifestyle.”

For those interested in historical and existing Dutch gardens, parks, outside places, cemeteries, and other forms of “green monuments,” the “Tuin database” at Wageningen University http://library.wur.nl/tuin/ provides descriptions of gardens and of their historical development, including technical documents, biographical information on garden architects, and photographs.

The ANP (Dutch Press Agency) historical photograph archive contains an unique collection of news photographs from 1900 to the present. Fully searchable, the archive documents all events of Dutch history, politics, and culture over the past 100 years. While all photographs are under copyright, they may be downloaded and used for educational purposes. The site is available at http://www.anpfotoarchief.nl/home.pp.


The SUNCAT Project has launched a pilot program at http://www.suncat.ac.uk/index.html. Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee and the Research Support Libraries Programme, SUNCAT is intended to serve as a national union catalogue of serials held in research libraries throughout the UK.

The University of Leicester has digitized local and trade directories from England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919 at http://www.historicaldirectories.org/. The site includes high quality reproductions of essential tools for research into local and genealogical history. The directories are searchable by name, year, and keywords.

British Fiction, 1800-1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception has been launched at http://www.british-fiction.cf.ac.uk/. Produced by Cardiff University's Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Cardiff University, British Fiction “allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,272 works of fiction written by approximately 900 authors, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, publishing papers, reviews, and subscription lists).” The search interface provides flexibility and records may be searched by keyword, author, title, notes, publisher, and place of publication, with limiters such as gender of the author or titles including reviews, and more. The database may also be browsed by author, title, and publisher.

This is well-known by now, though a major publishing event and therefore briefly mentioned here: The new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) was published by Oxford University Press in late September, 2004. Available both online and in a 60-volume print edition, the DNB describes the lives of over 50,000 people who have made an impression upon British history, society, and culture. Access to the online version is restricted. A review of the DNB is available at Humbul at http://www.humbul.ac.uk/output/full2.php?id=5222.

The Welsh Bible of 1588 has been digitized by the National Library of Wales at www.llgc.org.uk/1588bible. The translation by Bishop William Morgan contains 1,110 pages and is the first complete Welsh-language version of the Bible. The Library, furthermore, has digitized A Bible for Wales by Prys Morgan, which relates the story of Morgan's translation and its significance in the religious and social context of 16th century Wales.

Sarah Sussman and Teresa Vernon inform us that the British Library is digitizing its 19th Century holdings of British newspapers at http://www.bl.uk/collections/britishnewspapers1800to1900.html. Unfortunately, it seems that the site will be restricted, with free access limited to UK institutions.


Dominique Coulombe alerts us that “[t]he Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine offers a tastefully-designed and visually appealing site on the history of medicine that will interest researchers in the sciences as well as in the humanities and social sciences. The site offers access to a catalog of its holdings and recent acquisitions, an image database, a biographical database, online journals, conference proceedings, bibliographies and a few theses. The availability of digitized texts (ancient history, medical specialties and varia) and links to other scholarly online documents makes this site a very valuable resource.”

Dominique Coulombe also oversees a project entitled Paris: Capital of the 19th Century at http://dl.lib.brown.edu/paris/. Initiated by the French Studies and Comparative Literature Departments of Brown University, the site aims at providing students and researchers with “a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture.” Included are pictorial works and texts selected from the collections of the Art Slide Library, the Rockefeller Library and the John Hay Library at Brown University. The site is currently under construction but provides a glimpse of the type of materials, their organization, and delivery mechanism.

The first edition of Balzac’s Comédie humaine (commonly called the Furne edition) is now fully searchable online at http://spleen.uchicago.edu/balzac/. A joint project by the Groupe international de Recherches balzaciennes, the Maison de Balzac, and the ARTFL Project, the “Édition critique en ligne” provides full text access to the critical edition of the Comédie humaine by Furne, Dubochet and Co, Hetzel and Paulin, between June 25, 1842 and November 1848 (16 vols.). Entirely controlled by the author, this is the only edition read by Balzac’s contemporaries. Beyond the full text and flexible search features, the site provides introductions and a critical commentary on each volume in the Comédie humaine, as well as access to illustrations, and bibliographical information of the Furne and other notable editions. Biographical essays on Balzac as well as dossiers on a number of topics are also included. Furthermore, Teresa Vernon reminds us that the Maison de Balzac offers a complete concordance, beyond the Comédie humaine, at http://www.paris.fr/musees/balzac/kiriu/concordance.htm.

Further completing the Encyclopédie Project at ARTFL, the full text of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie has been made available to ARTFL subscribers at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/efts/ARTFL/projects/encyc/supplement/. Edited by Jean-Baptiste-René Robinet and published in Amsterdam between 1776 and 1777, the Supplément to the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert consists of four volumes (3,863 pages) containing 7,279 Main Headwords and 1,632 Sub-Headwords.

This leads me to remind everyone that a translation project of the Encyclopédie is under way at the University of Michigan at http://www.hti.umich.edu/d/did/; readers are encouraged to contribute.

Since August 2003, the number of full text journals offered by the Éditions SEDES at http://www.editions-sedes.com/ has grown to include titles by Armand Colin and Larousse. Contained in the database are seventeen journals, among which Littérature; Langages; Langue française; Romantisme; Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales; Annales de géographie; Communication & langages; Histoire économie et société; L'information géographique. Access is restricted to subscribers, but table of contents and abstracts (when available) are open to all.

For Molière aficionados, “Le tout Molière” at http://www.toutmoliere.net/index.html is intended for a large audience. Developed by Gabriel Conesa, professor at the Université de Reims-Champagne Ardenne, and the late Robert Garapon, professor at the Sorbonne, the site aims at addressing the needs of high school students, theater amateurs, and scholars alike. It provides access to the full text (though not searchable) of Molière’s works, a chronology providing an overview of the author’s life by year, a bibliography, iconography, and a useful dictionary, as well as a number of links, including to <http://www.site-moliere.com/index.html – another site providing a number of helpful resources, such as a concordance and further biographical information.

The University of Liverpool is placing online selected critical editions and translations of French texts at http://www.liv.ac.uk/sml/los/. The aim of the series is to establish a resource bank of critical editions and translations of French texts and to focus on either “unedited or otherwise unobtainable material, or material which for scholarly reasons requires an up-todate edition.” Currently eight texts are included and offered as pdf, either in the original or in translation, or with parallel translation into English. Examples are Gustave Flaubert’s Mémoires d'un fou, Jehan Renart’s Le Lai de l'Ombre, and Quinault’s L'Amant indiscret.

Via Sarah Sussman and Teresa Vernon we are informed of the Bibliotheque nationale’s plans to digitize French newspapers from 1789 to 1944 over the next five years and to include them in Gallica. The first titles to be digitized are: Le Figaro, Le Temps, La Croix and L'Humanite. Eighteen titles are scheduled to follow: Le Journal des Débats, Le Constitutionnel, La Presse, Le Siècle, Le Petit Journal, Le Petit Parisien, Le Matin, Ouest-Eclair, L'Action française, L'Aurore, Le Gaulois, La Lanterne, L'Intransigeant, La Justice, L'Univers, Le Rappel, Gil Blas, and L'Echo de Paris. The project is announced and summarized at http://www.bnf.fr/pages/presse/dossiers/num_presse.pdf.

By way of Nathalie Fargier, a former intern at Yale University Library (illustrating once more the usefulness of such exchanges), and via Jeffry Larson, we are alerted to a national digitization project of French academic journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences, entitled PERSEE: www.persee.fr. Supported by the Ministère de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, l'université Lumière Lyon 2, and a company called Aliacom, PERSEE is posed to become the French JSTOR (the comparison made only to illustrate the importance of this new site to North American readers), by providing full text access in pdf format to hundreds of prestigious journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Unlike JSTOR, however, PERSEE is free of charge. The first phase of the project includes seven pilot journals:

  • Les Annales
  • Bibliothèque de l’école des chartes
  • L’Homme
  • Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps
  • Revue économique
  • Revue de l’art
  • Revue française de science politique

The web site is available in both French and English and the search engine permits simple and advanced searches on the documents and their associated metadata (the search history may also be accessed). Journals may be browsed alphabetically or by subject and for those who register (it is recommended), PERSEE provides free personal web space in which users can save their searches and documents they have consulted. As with its North American counterpart, PERSEE aims at including the complete runs of journals, though current dates of coverage vary; there also is a moving wall for the most recent issues (between three and five years, depending on the journal). The site furthermore includes a news section with latest developments, as well as usage statistics, and a summary of newly added articles.


The first “Diplomata” of the Monumenta Germaniae Historiae (Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters) are now available in page image format at the Monumenta Germaniae Historiae Digital (dMGH) at http://www.dmgh.de/. A joint project of the Monumenta Germaniae Historiae and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, funded by the DFG, the “dMGH” aims at providing complete full text and page image access to its vast corpus of critical editions of medieval texts in three stages: first, the “Diplomata,” “Epistolae” and “Antiquitates” (2004-2006); second, the “Scriptores” in folio and the “Leges” (2006-2008); and third, the “Antiquitates” and all remaining “Scriptores” (2008-2010). There will be a moving wall for issues from last five years.

Provided by the Schweizerische Landesbibliothek, the Bibliographie der Schweizergeschichte (BSG), has migrated to the web at http://topaz.snl.ch/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=biblio. Published since 1913, the bibliography includes references to Swiss and foreign publications pertaining to Swiss history, from the earliest time to the present. Areas covered are local and cantonal history, political, church, legal, and economic history, as well as social, cultural, and scientific history.

Similar to the BSG, is the Österreichische Historische Bibliographie (ÖHB) at http://www.uni-klu.ac.at/oehb/. Covering Austrian history, the ÖHB is, however, limited to Austrian publications since 1945.

A website entitled "The Poetry of Galsan Tschinag" with English translations prepared by Dick Hacken is now available at http://webpub.byu.net/rdh7/tschinag. Tschinag is a Tuvan-Mongolian shaman who writes in German and whose themes reflect the wide expanses of Central Asia. Included on the website are introductory essays about Tschinag and his poetry, along with a link to the 1999 address he give at the Poetry International Conference in Rotterdam. The individual anthologies of poetry have all been written in the past ten years: "All the Paths Around Your Yurt" (1995); "You Will Always Remain Untamable" (1996); "Cloud Dogs" (1998); "Oracle Stones as Red as the Sun" (1999); and "The Stone Man at Ak-Hem" (2002).

Dick Hacken also alerts us to "German History in Documents and Images" web project by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. at http://ghi-dc.org. The project aims at providing original historical materials documenting German history from the beginning of the early modern period (1500) to the present. It has been added to EuroDocs http://library.byu.edu/estu/eurodocs/ and will include images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations. At present, only the 1815-1866, 1961-1989, and 1989-present segments of the project are populated with documents, but more materials will be added until the project's completion in 2007.

Reinhart Sonnenburg reminds us that he maintains a listing of major German (Swiss, Austrian) digitization projects on the German Studies Web, under “Digital Projects” at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wess/wessdig.html. He is in the process of building a similar page for the German North American Resources Project at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~grp/. The first page includes information about electronic dissertations from German-speaking countries.

The Weltchronik der Handschrift Cod. 472 from the Oberösterreichische Landesbibliothek in Linz, also known as the Christherre-Chronik, has been digitized as a high quality online facsimile at http://www.landesbibliothek.at/AltesBuch/Start.htm. Following the editors, this manuscript from the late 14th Century provides important insight into the history of middle high German “Vers-Weltchroniken” by providing a first archetype for the work that is generally considered the apex of the genre, Heinrich von München.

John Rutledge alerts us to the unfortunate cancellation of funding for the Austrian Dissertations Database at http://www.arcs.ac.at/DissDB/welcome. Having provided bibliographic access to Austrian dissertations, comprehensively from 1990 on and more sporadically to pre-1990 dissertations, the database is no longer maintained up to date due to the withdrawal of support by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The database remains searchable for now; in addition to bibliographic references, it provides summaries in German and, when applicable, in English, as well as the holding institution.

Das Vergänglichkeitsbuch des Wilhelm Werner von Zimmern. Eine Bilderhandschrift der Frühen Neuzeit (Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod. Donaueschingen A III 54) is now available online at http://www.ds.unizh.ch/kiening/vergaenglichkeitsbuch/ in both page image and full text (though not searchable).

Via www.netbib.de we are alerted to http://www.buchfisch.de/, a web site focusing on providing access to books produced by smaller publishers. Without guarantee that the site will hold its promises, it may be worth a visit.

Also announced on www.netbib.de, the Berliner Adressbuch (1799-1943), formerly restricted to subscribers, is now freely available online at http://adressbuch.zlb.de/. The directory provides access by name, street, as well as businesses, and public authorities. Also included are associations and societies; places of interest; public transportation connections and fares; theater, concert and other auditoriums with seating plans and prices; business advertisements and real estate offers.

An online version of the Deutschen Rechtswörterbuchs (DRW) has been made available at http://www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~cd2/drw/frameset.htm. Funded by the DFG, the DRW comprises several databases: the “Wörterbuch,” “Quellenverzeichnis,” “Digitalisate-Verzeichnis,” and “Textarchiv.” The dictionary and the “Textarchiv” may be searched in full text, the others by basic bibliographic information; the “Digitalisate” contains over 500 works in .pdf format. New titles are regularly digitized and added to the appropriate databases.

Linwood DeLong provides us with this detailed review of Hans Georg Lehmann, ed. D-DOK: Deutschland-Dokumentation 1945-2004: Politk Recht, Wirtschaft und Soziales. Bonn: Dietz, 2004 [DVD + Booklet] ISBN 3-8012-0342-5 49,80 €.

“This excellent DVD, which was produced with assistance from the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, offers the user more than 100,000 documents pertaining to German history, politics, law and culture. […] A brief introduction to this product can be found on the D-Dok website: www.d-dok.de. Three types of searches are possible: "Suche", "Expertensuche, and "Jahresübersicht". In the "Suche" and "Expertensuche" the search screen offers several options. The first is a "Koeffizient", which is selected from a drop-down menu. Only one "Koeffizient" per search is possible. The "Koeffizienten" are a mixture of geographic designations (e.g. Osten / Osteuropa / östliche Hemisphäre), political entities (e.g. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Deutschland / Berlin als Besatzungsgebiet 1945-1949), document types (e.g. Ton-Dokument, Foto- / Bild-Dokument) and language designations (englischsprachiges Dokument, türkischsprachiges Dokument, französichsprachiges Dokument). The "Jahresübersicht" is simply a listing of documents by year. Only one year can be selected in this search function and no other limits can be applied to this type of search. The "Koeffizient" is not a mandatory field. The user can also choose to go straight to the "Suchbegriffe". In the simple search ("Suche") up to four terms can be entered. In the "Expertensuche" there is no limit to the number of concepts, and Boolean operators can also be used. They must be entered in English and in all capitals (AND, OR and NOT). A truncation symbol (*) can be used in the "Suchbegriffe" field in both "Suche" and "Expertensuche" and it is invaluable in dealing with the complexities of German inflections: (kalte Krieg = 84 entries; kalter Krieg = 71; kalten Krieg = 212; kalten Krieges = 484; kalt* Krieg = 587; kalt* Krieg* = 786). Searches can be limited by year using the "Zeitraum" function. The user can enter a beginning date and a stop date. It is possible to conduct a search using only the "Zeitraum" function to identify all of the documents within a span of years, or within one year. It is possible to enter the same year in both the "von" and "bis" fields. If only one date is entered, the system automatically assumes this to be a search that is limited to one year. There does not appear to be any "clear, ""new search" or "löschen" function. To remove an existing "Koeffizient" one must move the drop-down menu to the top, where the first "Koeffizient" is left blank. To perform a new search one must delete all information from the "Suchbegriffe" of any previous search. The software requires the use of German diacritics. An entry pertaining to "Ministerpräsident Chruschtschow" will not be retrieved if "Ministerprasident" or "Ministerpraesident" is entered. There does not appear to be any name authority file and searchers must become accustomed to German spellings for names that have significantly different spellings in German than in English. (A search under "Khrushchev" retrieves three documents.) The search results are presented in a brief form (one line) and are ranked in order by relevancy, although the relevancy ranking is somewhat perplexing. The document pertaining to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that retrieved the highest relevancy ranking (100%) contained only one reference to this newspaper in a footnote. The software searches the database very rapidly (even when several thousand hits are retrieved), and the .pdf documents also display promptly. There are small symbols to indicate .pdf documents, audio documents, or photographs. The documents that are retrieved are not digitized copies of the originals. Rather they are documents (or excerpts of documents) that have been re-typed and presented as .pdf files. Many documents are only one or two pages long, but some are as long as 300 pages. Bibliographic information concerning the source of each document appears at the end. In the case of photographs, these are scanned in and identifying information is provided below the photograph. There are 407 audio documents (“Ton-Dokumente”). They cover the time period from the 1950s to 2004 and are very clear, or at least as clear as one could expect in the case of documents from the 1950s. There are over 200 audio documents for the period 1945-1955, the earliest of which is an excerpt of Hitler's last speech given over the radio. The coverage of political, social, economic and legal topics is impressive. There are almost 1500 documents with the "Koeffizient" that pertains to the German Democratic Republic (DDR), over 2400 pertaining to the Federal Republic of Germany, and over 2600 that pertain to the USA. The majority of the documents appear to be government documents, and the largest number of hits is retrieved on searches pertaining to political, legal or historical issues. Nevertheless, it is possible to retrieve a modest number of hits when searching for the names of major German newspapers or news magazines (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung = 34; Frankfurter Rundschau = 16; Neues Deutschland = 484), for cultural institutions (“Goethe Institut” = 47; “Inter Nationes” = 6), for social topics (“Gastarbeiter” = 55; “Umsiedler” = 51; “Ausländer” = 479) and even a few hits for some leading German scholars such as Dahrendorf (2), Marcuse (2) or Adorno (13). The coverage of German literature is not uniformly strong, but there are exceptions where a writer had some degree of political prominence: (“Gruppe 47” = 1; “Wolf Biermann” = 9; “Heinrich Böll” = 19; “Johannes Bobrowski” = 1; “Friedrich Dürrenmatt” = 7; “Max Frisch” = 8; “Günter Grass” = 17; “Christa Wolf” = 16). Searches for political leaders retrieve many hits (“Ulbricht” = 418; “Honecker” = 707; “Willy Brandt” = 317) and political advisors or members of cabinet also yield a significant number of hits (“Walter Scheel” = 128; “Genscher”= 388; “Willi Stoph” = 177; “Wilhelm Pieck” = 115). Economic topics also receive strong coverage (“Bundesbank” = 306; “Währungsreform” = 143; “Wirtschaftswunder” = 74) and educational topics are quite well covered (“Abitur” = 96; “BaföG” = 67; “DAAD” = 22; “Hochschulrahmengesetz” = 48; “Humboldt Stiftung” = 37; “Numerus Clausus” = 31). The only disappointment in the search software is that the search screen only fills approximately 3/4 of the screen on the computer, and there does not appear to be any way to expand it beyond this level. The documents that are retrieved, on the other hand, fill the screen properly. This reviewer would like to thank the publisher for promptly providing a review copy of this DVD. This is a very attractively priced product that contains thousands of documents that would not otherwise be readily available in North America and that are easily searchable using a well-designed search interface. While there are limitations that arise from the source of the documents (they are primarily speeches, legal documents, documents from political parties, or documents from government departments), there is a very broad coverage of material about Germany, its neighbors and its allies from 1945 - 2004.”


The complete edition of L. G. Blanc’s Vocabolario Dantesco (Leipzig, 1852) is now available in page image format athttp://www.dante-on-the-net.dk/BLANCORDB/alfabet.htm.

2004 marked the 700th anniversary of the birth of Petrarch. To celebrate the event, the University of Munich placed online a series of interdisciplinary contributions by scholars at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität at http://www.phil-hum-ren.uni-muenchen.de/SekLit/P2004A/. The lectures were given during the summer semester between April 27 and July 13 and are addressed to the broad public. The site went live in September of 2004; it includes a link to numerous other sites celebrating Petrarch’s life and work.

Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has been digitized by CMU at http://posner.library.cmu.edu/Posner/books/book.cgi?call=853_C71HY. It is available in both searchable full text and page images at CMU’s Posner Collection.

The Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence provides access to a large digital collection in the History of Science at http://www.imss.fi.it/biblio/index.html#diglib. Next to an extremely rich collection of archival and printed resources, the site provides access to the Galilean Digital Library, the Italian Bibliography for the History of Science, and the International Galilean Bibliography, among other. An important resource for the History of Science.


The art library at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon holds a large number of digital treasures, from manuscripts and early imprints to architecture, art, photographs, and more, at http://www1.gulbenkian.pt/Coleccoes/ColecDigitalizadas.asp.


Helsinki University and the National Library of Finland provide a good overview over Finnish digital projects at http://www.lib.helsinki.fi/english/services/databases.htm. Beyond links to various collections at Helsinki University Library and national union catalogues, the site provides access to online publications from the University of Helsinki, as well as to the Finnish Historical Newspaper Library 1771-1890, and a welcome gateway in English to Finnish Research Libraries http://www.lib.helsinki.fi/tilke/search2.html.


Jeffry Larson informs us that “The Centro Ramón Pioñeiro, which depends on the Xunta de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, is devoted to the study of Gallegan philology. Its web site[htp://www.cirp.es www.cirp.es] gives access to various textual and bibliographical databases, as well as gateways to other resources in Iberian linguistics; these are being added to the Iberian WESSWeb page.”

It is, of course, nothing new, that the Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/index.shtml provides access to an ever-growing amount of digital materials from the Spanish language world. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, Cervantes Virtual has created a portal athttp://www.cervantesvirtual.com/IVCentenario/. The site contains numerous helpful links and a large number of facsimile editions of Don Quixote, including in translation, as well as the full text of critical contributions. Two recently added sections provide information about “Cervantes en la Argentina” and “Estudios críticos” (with an essay by Mario Vargas Llosa).

Via Humbul and Sarah Wenzel, we are informed of the Advisory council on Latin American and Iberian Information Resources (ACLAIIR) at http://www.aclaiir.org.uk/. ACLAIIR is based in the UK and aims at providing a centralized web presence for Latin American and Iberian studies in libraries of all kinds; providing information on libraries’ holdings in the Council’s fields of interest; acting as a forum for discussion between librarians and users of Latin American and Iberian materials; and examining possibilities of cooperation between libraries and individuals or bodies concerned with such materials. The site includes information about the Council’s activities, related email discussion lists, forthcoming events of relevance to Latin American and Iberian Studies, and issues of the Council’s newsletter. The types of information included are book reviews, reports of research projects, lists of selected relevant online resources, and institutional partners, such as SALALM, but also the UK’s French, Italian, and German Studies Library Groups.

Also submitted by Sarah Wenzel is Noticias teatrales http://noticiasteatrales.galeon.com/, a large Web site devoted to contemporary Spanish theatre. Following Humbul’s description, the site provides up-to-date information about performances, new publications, and theatre practitioners from Spain and, to a lesser extent, Latin America. The site includes a discussion forum and links to related publications, including online magazines and critical studies. The full-text of a small selection of plays, written in recent years, is also available.

The University of Cadiz has placed seventeen of its journals, mostly in the Humanities and Social Sciences, online athttp://biblioteca.uca.es/ucadoc/elysa.asp. They may be accessed through the Library’s catalog, which provides article level access and links to the pdf format, but are not searchable in full text. Some of the titles includes are Al-Andalus Magreb; Estudios de historia y arqueología medievales; Estudios de lengua y literatura francesas; Excerpta Philologica; and Francofonía; among others.

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of Europe in Bits & Bytes, as well as any comments to Sebastian Hierl.

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