Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lecture by Bettina Wagner on Munich Incunabula on Second Life

Reposted from SHARP-L:

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to a presentation which I will hold in the virtual "island" of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Second Life (the "Insel der Information") on 25 November 2008.

Best wishes,
Bettina Wagner


Presentation at "Insel der Information", November 25th, 2008:
Bettina Wagner (SL: Bettina Ethaniel):
Incunable digitization at Munich: From the Gutenberg Bible to mass digitization

We would like to invite you to the SIM of the Bavarian State Library for a talk with the title "Incunable digitization at Munich: From the Gutenberg Bible to mass digitization".
The presentation will be held on 25/Nov/08, at 6pm CET, 9:00 AM SLT by Dr. Bettina Wagner in English and follows up a symposium organized by the Humanities Media Interface Project, Keio University, Tokyo, on 22 November in London, UK.
The talk will demonstrate how the Munich Gutenberg Bible is presented online and how users can search for descriptive information in the electronic catalogue, thus placing the Bible in various contexts, e.g. of 15th-century Bible production, of incunable illumination or of provenance. In addition, access points for printed illustrations in incunabula will be shown.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich holds the world*s largest collection of incunabula, which currently amounts to c. 20.000 copies of c. 9700 editions. The Munich copy of the Gutenberg Bible is one of the most important treasures of the library. In cooperation with the HUMI team, the Bible was digitized in October 2005 and was made accessible freely on the internet.
In Munich, digitization of incunables and online access to the catalogue descriptions have proceeded in close parallel. The first digitization project started already in 1998 and focussed on illustrated incunabula; a project for the digitization of broadsides followed in 2000. At the same time, the printed incunable catalogue was converted into a database and made accessible online in 2004. The catalogue database serves as central access point to incunables and integrates all digital images as well as additional metadata generated in such projects. In 2008, a project for the complete digitization of the collection was begun, and eventually, as a complete electronic facsimile will be generated for every 15th-century edition now held in Munich. The results are not only made accessible through the incunable catalogue database, but also through the Bavarian union catalogue and the ISTC and GW databases.


Dr. Bettina Wagner
Abteilung fuer Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstr. 16
D-80539 Muenchen
Tel. +89 / 28638-2982
Fax. +89 / 28638-12982 oder 2266
postbox: D-80328 Muenchen

Inkunabelkatalog der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (BSB-Ink) online:

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