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Humanitats a la xarxa: món medieval - Humanities on the web: the medieval world

Humanities on the web: medieval world

Edited By Lourdes Soriano, Helen Rovira, Marion Coderch and Gloria Sabaté

En aquest llibre es dóna a conèixer l’estat actual de les investigacions més avançades en el camp de les Humanitats, presentant alguns dels projectes capdavanters que estan duent a terme historiadors i filòlegs de prestigi internacional a Europa i als Estats Units. Aquests projectes tenen a veure amb corpora de textos antics (literaris o lingüístics), repertoris mètrics, bases de dades sobre manuscrits, impresos, referents iconogràfics, digitalitzacions de fons antics o catàlegs de grans institucions de recerca, etc. El volum mostra els darrers progressos en el procés de divulgació dels resultats de la recerca a través d’Internet.
This book reveals the current state of advanced research in the field of Humanities, introducing some of the leading projects being carried out in Europe and in the Unites States by historians and philologists. These research projects have to do with corpora of medieval Romance texts (literary or linguistic), metric indexes, databases on manuscripts, printed copies, iconographic sources, digitalisations of old collections or catalogues in the main research institutions. This volume shows the last advances in the dissemination of research outcomes through the Internet.
This volume contains contributions in English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian and French.
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Heritage collections at the net: the contribution of the Biblioteca de Catalunya: Eugènia Serra

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Heritage collections at the net: the contribution of the Biblioteca de Catalunya

Eugènia SERRA

Biblioteca de Catalunya

1.Introduction

The last ten or fifteen years libraries have changed in an extraordinary way. Now that traditional barriers of time and space have already fallen, libraries have become services opened twenty-four hours by day, seven days per week.

Today, thanks to technology, it is much easier cooperation among institutions, universities and other agents of knowledge and culture, as well as waking up curiosity of new users and getting interest of new public and private partners. Internet is a world full of opportunities for heritage institutions. Internet and the IT (information technologies) have provided efficient tools to create union catalogs, individual and collective digital repositories, as well as portals of digital content to disseminate the cultural heritage and new tailored virtual services according to individual interests of users.

Since the beginning of this century the Biblioteca de Catalunya1 has paid special attention to understanding the new digital context and to finding out current and futures needs of society; it has progressively adapted procedures, techniques and priorities to face the changes and challenges of this new scenario. ← 285 | 286 →

2.The digitization: a big step forward

Digitization has represented a great quality leap for libraries. Until its generalization, libraries were subject to analogical restrictions; most of their collections were almost unknown to the general public and it was expensive...

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