Greek Manuscripts in Sweden
- Host: Uppsala University Library
- Other institutions involved: Funded by the Central Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).
- URL: http://www.manuscripta.se
- Main language: Multilingual
General description: The aim of the project is to publish
an online catalogue of all the Greek manuscripts in Swedish
libraries and archives. This will also entail a full
digitization of the manuscripts, some 36 000 pages in total.
Libraries that will contribute material to the database
include Gothenburg University Library (4 MSS), Linköping
Diocesan Library (28), Lund University Library (5), The
National Gallery, Stockholm (1), The Royal Library, Stockholm
(5), The Skokloster Castle Library (3), and Uppsala
University Library (74), in all 120 manuscripts.
The Greek manuscripts, in the form of bound parchment and paper volumes, include a rich and diverse collection of texts from antiquity and the Byzantine period. They originate mainly from the Byzantine cultural area from the tenth century onwards, but some are Renaissance or early modern manuscripts from Western Europe. The existing nineteenth-century catalogue is outdated and in many cases incorrect. Furthermore it does not cover all manuscripts. It is therefore essential to create a new catalogue according to modern principles, including detailed codicological descriptions. Combined with a comprehensive digitization of the manuscripts this will facilitate and encourage new research on the material among Swedish and international scholars.
The manuscript descriptions are
encoded in TEI P5 using a customised ODD schema which, to a
certain extent, was influenced by the ENRICH schema
(http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ENRICH). However, some
modifications have been necessary, which means that our
schema and the ENRICH schema are not completely compatible.
Our schema also provides cataloguing guidelines with
examples, and documentation of the elements and attributes
used. In order to eliminate inconsistencies in the encoding,
we enforce strict limits regarding the attributes and their
values. We also make use of Schematron rules to check that
the content is valid in certain elements. The manuscript
descriptions are structured around the notion of
codicological units: the intellectual content, physical
description, and history, where applicable, of each unit is
described in separate <msPart> elements, whereas
information common to all units, e.g. the binding,
provenance, and bibliography, is described outside the
<msPart> elements, directly under the <msDesc>
element. In each manuscript description the items will be
linked to specific folios of the digitized manuscripts using
the @facs attribute in the <locus> element. This will
enable image retrieval from the image server.
The Uppsala University Library digital repository, ALVIN, will host the TEI-files, schema, style sheets, and images of the digitized manuscripts. The images will be stored both in the original TIFF-format, and in the JPEG2000-format for display on the web. The JPEG2000 images will be saved in a multi-resolution tiled pyramidal format to enable fast zooming and panning capabilities in the image viewer.
The manuscript descriptions are published continuously on the project web site as the project advances (http://www.manuscripta.se). The web interface for the catalogue is built with the eXist-db open source software (http://exist-db.org) which provides powerful search and browsing capabilities for the catalogue. To facilitate user-friendly orientation, the images are displayed adjacent to the manuscript description in the interface.
Related resources: The TEI-files, schema, style sheets, and source code for the eXist-db interface are also stored in the project GitHub repository (https://github.com/manuscripta).
Section for Manuscripts and Music
751 20 Uppsala
Telephone: +46 18 471 3995