Thursday, February 17, 2022

OPES: Oslo Papyri Electronic System

 [First posted in AWOL 14 November 2016, updated (new URLs) 17 February 2022)

 OPES: Oslo Papyri Electronic System

At the end of 2000, steps were taken to initiate a digitalization project of the Oslo Papyrus Collection. The project was named OPES (Oslo Papyri Electronic System) and its aims were first 1) to make all the published papyri (around 280 out of a total of 2272) available, catalogued and imaged, on the www, then 2) to catalogue and image the rest of the papyri, making the catalogue available on the web and keeping the images in a separate database that users may access on demand. Due to the international character of papyrological study and research, English was chosen as the language of the project. At that time the project benefited greatly from the collaboration with the APIS project, whose the late project director Traianos Gagos generously let us use the Michigan FileMaker Pro template for cataloguing and registration of data. This collaboration has now evolved in the partnership with the international database where the documentary papyri from can be browsed and searched together with those of the other participating collections.

Between 2015 and 2020 pictures were taken of all the published and unpublished papyri in the collection and a set of diapositives taken in the 70's has also been digitized, togethere with the the collection´s inventory list made by the late professor Leiv Amundsen. This material will be gradually made available through the OPES website.


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