05 SEPTEMBER 2017 / Launch of the Digital Research Laboratory Fragmentarium, with the SNF’s support

From August 30th to September 1st, the Medieval Institute of the University of Fribourg hosted the second planning meeting and exploratory workshops for the launch of Fragmentarium, a digital research laboratory of a scholarly network, which enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to upload medieval manuscript fragments and to describe, transcribe and assemble them.

The goal of the event was to identify various strategies for realizing Fragmentarium’s potential and to discuss concrete collaborations to foster the growth in this field by bringing together representatives from sixteen leading European and North American manuscript libraries such us the Bibliothèque national de France, the British Library, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the Center for History and Palaeography – National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, the Penn Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the University Libraries from Harvard, Stanford and Yale among others. 

The Fragmentarium is the foundation for the creation of inventories and for the cataloguing of medieval manuscript fragments, but also for setting up an institutional scholarly network to serve as the basis for various research projects. Through this project, the scholars will have the opportunity to access, study, compare and connect fragments kept in institutions around the world. 

The Fragmentarium project is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, among others.