This is the website for an AHRC-funded project to digitise both sides of more than 11,000 paper and parchment fragments from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. These are available online (in the Library’s catalogue, linked to from here) together with their catalogue descriptions. The John Rylands University Library’s collection of these fragments, which are mainly very small, includes: religious texts; literary material relating to grammar; philosophy; medicine; astrology; astronomy; letters; bills; notebooks. The project forms part of the Library’s contribution to international efforts to produce a union catalogue of all Genizah fragments worldwide and will enable scholars to identify fragments and easily compare them with collections held elsewhere.
Slovo: Towards a Digital Library of South Slavic Manuscripts is the website of an international project which aims to: increase cooperation between academic institutions studying medieval Slavic monastic culture; develop a website on Balkan literary heritage; create internationally agreed standards for the electronic publishing, description and encoding of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Pages on individual monasteries offer all or some of the following: an overview of monastery history; a description of manuscript collections and art treasures; a description of digitization efforts; links to manuscript descriptions; related links; bibliography; links to online articles or PDF files. Within the guidelines section is: an article on storing, publishing and researching Slavic manuscripts with computer technology, based on the work of the Repertorium Intitiative and the Slovo project; a ‘how to’ encode Slavic manuscripts within Text Encoding Initiative guidelines; and further documents on character set standardization, XML and advanced encoding resources which will be of interest specifically for those involved in the electronic publishing of medieval manuscripts. The links to current manuscript projects under ‘initiatives’ are of particular interest. This site will be of great use for researchers in the field of palaeoslavistics, and of significant interest to those researching medieval Slavic monastic culture.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project to “document, consolidate, catalogue and make accessible” the rare Tibetan and Mongolian books (centred on those acquired by the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903–4) in the University Library Cambridge, the British Library and the Bodleian. As well as conservation and cataloguing of these collections (little exploited since being removed from Tibet) a key aim of the project is to allow the virtual reconstruction of incomplete texts and series and reunite works across the three institutions with companion pieces in Tibet. With the Mongolian collections, a catalogue of blockprints and manuscripts at the British Library has been created, which will form the basis of a Union Catalogue of Mongolian Resources. The website describes the project in some detail and links to the Catalogue of Tibetan Manuscripts and Blockprints.