Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fragmentarium: Digital Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments

The Fragmentarium website seems like a great idea and one that could be useful for Biblical manuscripts as well. (Note Tommy’s post from a few years ago.)
Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.

On her blog, Lisa Fagin Davis gives more detail:
The recently-launched Fragmentarium project (based in Fribourg) combines IIIF with a powerful mySQL database to allow for the cataloguing of individual fragments and leaves and the virtual reconstruction of parent manuscripts in a shared canvas workspace. Brought to you by the incredible team behind e-codices, Fragmentarium uses a flexible and well-designed data model that is fragment-centric and follows international standards of authority and data modeling. It is the culmination of decades of development on the technical side and of metadata design on the scholarly side. Several institutions are already working on Fragmentarium case studies, uploading images (if they don’t already have IIIF purls), cataloguing them, and creating virtual reconstructions.
Besides the obvious examples of Codex Sinaiticus and P46, what examples come to mind that could use this in NT studies? 


  1. At the risk of being a one-trick pony, I am obligated to mention that there is a purple manuscript of the Gospels currently spread across 8 or 9 locations that we know of.

  2. P Egerton 2 and P Köln 255.

    GA 81 in BM, London and in in the Alexandrian Patriarchate.
    The colophon with the date, BM 57r, belongs to the end of the Patriarchate part? And if so, was it Tischendorf who replaced this leaf?