Biblissima + Partnership Projects

Closing Date: 28/02/2022

Funding is available to support joint actions of research, documentation, digitisation and promotion relating to historical collections of manuscripts, ancient printed documents or other textual items in France.

Biblissima federates and structures a set of digital corpora of scientific data on the history of the circulation of texts in the West, from the Middle Ages to the end of the Ancien Régime. Biblissima is supported by the public institution Campus Condorcet. Biblissima is an observatory of the written heritage of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance that focuses on documents written in the main languages ​​of medieval and Renaissance Europe (Arabic, French, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Syriac etc). It aims to contribute to a better understanding of the circulation of texts, the future of libraries and the transmission of knowledge on Europe from the eighth to the eighteenth century.

Biblissima+ enables organisations that are not part of its founding teams to benefit from its resources for joint actions of research, documentation, digitisation and promotion relating to historical collections of manuscripts, ancient printed documents or other textual items. These actions must associate at least one conservation establishment and one higher education and/or research establishment.

The objectives of this call for expressions manifestation of interest are:

  • To improve knowledge of the history of ancient written cultures and their transmission.
  • The supply of online corpus of manuscripts or ancient printed records on any platform and in any ancient languages.
  • The virtual reconstruction of ancient collections, to the IIIF standard.
  • The creation of scientific descriptions for the artefacts concerned by the research themes of EquipEx+.
  • The identification of ancient provenances and the constitution of provenance databases within the cluster of Biblissima+ data.
  • The supply of textual corpora relating to the themes developed by Biblissima+, according to the TEI, MEI, EpiDoc etc standards.

Actions that are likely to be funded are as follows:

  • Interoperable digitisation (IIIF) and the online uploading of items with ancient texts (manuscripts, ancient printed documents, inscriptions, seals and coins etc) that are disseminated in several different conservation facilities.
  • Inventory, cataloguing and detailed indexing in an open and interoperable format of heritage documents relating to ancient collections.
  • Digitisation or conversion into interoperable formats of catalogues or inventories relating to ancient libraries.
  • Collecting, processing and scientific structuring of data relating to the ancient provenances of documents in libraries.
  • Encoding, structuring and electronic editing of texts (TEI, MEI, EpiDoc, etc).
  • Improving Biblissima+ repositories.
  • Developing new open-source tools in connection with the seven Biblissima+ clusters.
Funding body Biblissima
Maximum value Discretionary
Reference ID S23350
Category Arts and Humanities
Fund or call Fund