Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (Beta version)

The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (Beta version)
The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, a project of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, aggregates observations of premodern manuscripts drawn from over 12,000 auction and sales catalogues, inventories, catalogues from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of these books from around the world.
Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New SDBM has been redeveloped to allow you--the members of our user community-- to contribute data, including your own personal observations of a manuscript or group of manuscripts, and to engage with other users to facilitate research and conversations about both the history of manuscript transmission and the data gathered in the process of recording this history.
Other new features:
  • New Data Model (read more)
  • Enhanced provenance data
  • Ability to manage your contributions, track your search history, and bookmark, tag, and download search results
  • Email or download search results or export the entire contents of the SDBM for your own use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.
  • A developing VIAF-based Name Authority for persons associated with manuscript production and trade
To contribute data or comment on existing data, log in here. New to the SDBM? Sign up here to get started.
Or simply start searching now. Here are the four ways to search:
  • Quick keyword search: Enter term or terms in the Search Database box above.
  • Category (facet) search: Start with the faceted Browse lists to the left and narrow your search further with facets.
  • Advanced search: Search multiple fields and numeric ranges.
  • Use a combination of all three
This beta version of the New SDBM was made publicly available on August 1, 2016. It allows you to use and test the new functionality in a live environment while we continue to work on new features and design that will enhance the user experience and community engagement. We anticipate a final launch in Spring 2017.

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