Digitization and libraries, the future of the past: conference in Rome

ROME – Between 2012 and 2017 the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) joined efforts in a landmark digitization project with the aim of opening up their repositories of ancient texts. More than 1.5 million pages from their remarkable collections have been made freely available online to researchers and to the general public. The initiative was made possible by a £2 million award from The Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky, who is committed to democratizing access to information, sees the increase of digital access to these two library collections — among the greatest in the world — as a significant step in sharing intellectual resources on a global scale.

To mark the end of the project, a ground-breaking conference on digitization and libraries is being held in Rome on 30 May 2018. The venue is the Conference Centre at the Augustinian Patristic Institute, which is situated just off St Peter’s Square. In the context of the Polonsky project this free conference will look at the future of digitized collections and their funding, with prominent speakers from different libraries and funding bodies across Europe.

The conference will be in English, with simultaneous translation into Italian.

Conference programme

9.15-9.30am
Welcome from Msgr. Cesare Pasini, Prefect, Vatican Apostolic Library

9.30-10.15am
Opening plenary: From Mabillon to Munich Digital: access, technology and scholarship
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

10.15-10.45am
Coffee

10.45am-12.05pm
Session one: Oxford, the Vatican and the Polonsky Project
Speakers:

  • Timothy Janz, Director, Printed Books Dept, Vatican Apostolic Library
  • Paola Manoni, Responsible for the Coordination of IT Services, Vatican Apostolic Library
  • César Merchan-Hamann, Hebraica and Judaica Curator, Bodleian Libraries
  • Emma Stanford, Digital Curator, Bodleian Libraries

12.05-12.25pm
Questions

12.25-1.30pm
Lunch

1.30-2.30pm
Session two: The future of digital libraries
Speakers will include:

  • Dr Kristian Jensen, Head of Arts and Humanities, British Library
  • Jill Cousins, Director, Hunt Museum, Limerick
  • Dr Cristina Dondi, University of Oxford

2.30-3pm
Questions

3-3.30pm
Tea break

3.30-4.15pm
Roundtable discussion: funding digitization

  • Marc Polonsky, The Polonsky Foundation
  • Charles Henry, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Maja Kominko, Arcadia Foundation

4.15-4.30pm
Closing remarks

  • Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Libraries and Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana are grateful to Antonio and Patricia Bonchristiano for their generous support of this conference.

 

DATE AND TIME

Wed 30 May 2018

09:15 – 16:30 CEST

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LOCATION

Conference Centre, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum

25 Via Paolo VI

00193 Roma

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New Earthquake Strikes Umbria, Italy: Church of San Benedetto da Norcia Collapses [GALLERY]

© Perceval Archeostoria – Minima Medievalia. All rights reserved.

A  powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake striked central Italy on Sunday morning,  the strongest tremor to hit the country since 1980. Numerous buildings have collapsed, among them the ancient basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia, Umbria.

Only a few days ago another devastating tremor completely destroyed the medieval church of San Salvatore di Campi di Norcia [PHOTOS AND ARTICLE HERE].

The current monastery was physically located above the 5th century ruins of the house of St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica, and has been the location of monastic communities since the tenth century AD.

The façade, the side portal and the lower bell tower dated from the late 14th century, and is the only part of the church that survived collapse. In 1570 a portico (Portico delle Misure) was added to the right side, by will of the commune and the ecclesiastical authorities, to act as covered cereals market, this also collapsed. On the side, near the transept, was a spur with a niche housing a Madonna with Child from a local, late-Gothic painter.

The basilica had a Latin cross plan, with a single nave. The apse and the internal dome at the transept dated from the 18th century reconstruction only the 14th-century triumphal arch, restored in the 1950s, remained from the original Gothic nave.

Below are some dramatic images of the church as it was before the quake and now, after collapse. (further updates coming up)

Foto: Norcia.net , Twitter et alii.

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