A new e-codices experience!


Yesterday we showed you how the Utrecht Library is brilliantly promoting a manuscript of great importance in the Netherlands. Today we are bringing your attention to how Switzerland is skillfully managing the digitization of all its collections on e-codices.

You are probably aware of e-codices already:

e-codices offers free online access to medieval and early modern manuscripts from public and church-owned collections as well as from numerous private collections.

It currently allows access to 1189 digitized manuscripts (many more being added soon!) and it has always had a pleasing interface to go with it.

The new e-codices interface, with Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 3

The new e-codices

Recently e-codices has updated this interface with what we believe to be even a better one: a clean page with all the information one would wish from a digitized manuscript (TEI-P5 metadata), along with a large preview image of the book, is presented to the user; all on a responsive design that adapts to tablets, phones and desktop monitors.

There is a new viewer based on OpenSeadragon and SharedCanvas is being used to unite dispersed manuscripts.

A new side bar is also in place, which can be shown or hidden, and it displays the metadata and basic information about each manuscript.

To finish up: Search has been improved even further, and there have been improvements also on the back-end of things.

An example of the exquisite details you can explore, thanks to the great quality of the digitized manuscripts on e-codices. (St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek / Cod. Sang. 53)

I can’t but urge you all to go and visit (and enjoy) this beautiful site. It is done with a lot of love and passion, and it really shines through

You can obviously access all the libraries from e-codices via the DMMapp.

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. Rh. 167
Giulio Menna
Giulio is an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is also system librarian at Leiden University Library. Founder and developer of Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project; lover of medieval manuscripts and of all things digital.
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