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Gennadius Librarian attends training at Oxford

Irini Solomonidi

The 15cBOOKTRADE project  is an evidence based assessment and visualization of the distribution, sale, and reception of books in the Renaissance. The project is based at the University of Oxford, backed by CERL (Consortium of European Research Libaries) and is related to the Bodleian Library, the British Library and the Biblioteca Marciana.

Irini Solomonidi had the opportunity to be trained together with members of European and American Libraries and scholars in the use of four digital tools and two databases. The first one Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI),, is an international database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Gennadius Library contributes with 68 editions in 76 copies and is the hosting institution in Greece. 
The second database Text-inc, continues the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, and is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.

The team also visited the special collections of the Madgalen College, the Trinity College and Weston Library (Bodleian Library).

The training has been carried out by Cristina Dondi (PI), Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Matilde Malaspina, Birgit Mikus, Sabrina Minuzzi and  Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni. 

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