Fragmentarium stars come out in Paris

This year, the IRHT-Paris’ Codicology Seminar Histoire des bibliothèques anciennes has as theme « Fragments et bibliothèques », and Fragmentarium of course is on the program. In the second installment, entitled « Autour du projet Fragmentarium », Fragmentarium fellow Pierre Chambert-Protat will speak on « Éparpillés façon puzzle : Baluze et les fragments de manuscrits lyonnais » (Scattered like a puzzle : Baluze and the fragments of Lyonnais manuscripts ), while Fragmentarium collaborator Veronika Drescher will address the theme : « Faire revivre la bibiliothèque de Saint-Père-en-Vallée : les possibilités et les défis de la fragmentologie numérique ».

When : 8 December 2017, 10:00-13:00

Where : IRHT Paris (40, avenue d’Iéna)

Fragmentarium Fellow addresses Fribourg Crowd

Fragmentarium Fellow Ruth Mullett, researcher working on the Bodleian Case Study, will speak on: "Fragments in Context: cataloguing manuscript fragments in incunabula. A Fragmentarium case-study at the Bodleian Library", in a talk organized by the Medieval Studies Institute of the University of Fribourg.

When: 4 December 2017, 19:15-21:00

Where: MIS 11 (Kinderstube), Rue de l'HĂ´pital 4, 1700 Fribourg, Salle Laure Dupraz (top floor of the building).

Fragmentarium on demand in Erlangen

In connection with the ten-year anniversary of the SCRIPTO Program, the Chair of Medieval and Early-Modern Latin Philology is organizing on November 16 an international conference entitled „Text und Überlieferung im lateinischen Mittelalter“ (Text and Transmission in the Latin Middle Ages). At this event, Fragmentarium collaborator Veronika Drescher will present a paper entitled „Die Fragmente von Saint Père-en-Vallée. Rekonstruktion einer mittelalterlichen Klosterbibliothek,“ (The Fragments of Saint Père-en-Vallée. The Reconstruction of a Medieval Abbey Library) which stems from the research for her Ph.D. thesis.

When: 16 November 2017

Where: Erlangen, Mittellateinische Bibliothek (Kochstrasse 4, Room 3.010)

Fragmentarium on Swiss National Television

Fragmentarium was featured on the (French) Swiss National News Show, "le 1930", shot on the site of our Partner Institution, the Abbey Library of St. Gallen. The Director of the Project, Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler shows off one of St. Gallen's many in-situ fragments, as well as the e-codices digitization lab. Look for guest appearances from Fragmentarium's own Psalterium Gallicanum as well as the Vergilius Sangallensis.


Television: TSR1

Fragmentarium Fellow at the Monasteries in the Digital Humanities Conference

Fragmentarium Fellow Ivana Dobcheva will be presenting the new Austrian Case Study “Modellfall Fragmentendigitalisierung – Die mittelalterlichen Fragmente des Klosters Mondsee” at the Monasteries in the Digital Humanities Conference in Czȩstochowa, Poland. She will giving a paper entitled “Reading monastic history in bookbinding waste: Manuscript fragments from the Benedictine monastery of Mondsee and their new digital home Fragmentarium”.


7 September 2017

Fragmentarium News Round-Up

In conjunction with the launch of the website, Fragmentarium saw extensive coverage in the news. We provide below a selection of some of the coverage:

Newspapers: St Galler Tagblatt (also in: Luzerner Zeitung, Nidwaldner Zeitung, Zuger Zeitung), Freiburger Nachrichten, La Liberté (PDF) (also in: Le Courrier)

Radio: SRF1 , SRF 2 (also on: SRF 4), Radio Fribourg, Radio Freiburg, Couleur 3

Television: RTSUn (Journal)

Online:, computerworld

Blogs: Medieval manuscripts blog (The British Library): Fragmentarium and the burnt Anglo-Saxon fragments

Coverage on Sponsor's Homepages: Stavros Niarchos Foundation

6 September 2017

Fragmentarium Launched

On Friday, 1 September 2017, Fragmentarium officially opened its doors to the public in a ceremony at the St. Gall Abbey Library. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will be publishing online more and more fragments, reconstructions, and studies of fragments.

  Project Director of Fragmentarium Christoph Flüeler and Stiftsbibliothekar of St. Gall Cornel Dora

Christoph FlĂĽeler, Project Director of Fragmentarium, together with his sister Brigitt FlĂĽeler and Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar of St. Gall at the Launch

Photo: Joon Ki Choi

5 September 2017

Fragments and Fragmentarium at the Ă–sterreichischer Bibliothekartag 2017

Fragmentarium will be participating in the Österreichischer Bibliothekartag 2017, in Linz Austria, from Tuesday September 12  to Friday September 15. On Wednesday 13 in a session dedicated to fragments, Fragmentarium team member Veronika Drescher will be presenting the paper “FRAGMENTARIUM und die digitale Fragmentenforschung”. She will be joined by Fragmentarium fellow Katharina Kaska (Modelfall Fragmentendigitalisierung — Die mittelalterlichen Fragmente des Klosters Mondsee) and friend of Fragmentarium Michaela Scheibl (Die mittelalterlichen Handschriftenfragmente des Chorherrenstiftes Seckau). For more information, see the program.

3 August 2017

The Abbey Library of St. Gall and the Medieval Institute of the University of Fribourg are pleased to invite you cordially to the Opening of


Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments


Friday, 1 September 2017

Stiftskirche, 15.30: Organ Concert (Organist: Norbert Schmuck)

Musiksaal (Klosterhof 6b), 16.30: Greeting: Dr. Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar
Launch of the Web Application
Presentation: MMag. Veronika Drescher, PD Dr. William O. Duba & Prof. Dr. Christoph FlĂĽeler

Apéro riche to follow

R.S.V.P. by 23 August 2017 to or +41 26 300 7397 (Tuesday-Thursday).

3 August 2017

Fragmentarium Second Planning Meeting

Fragmentarium announces that the Second Planning Meeting will be held at St. Gall Abbey, 30 August to 1 September 2017. At the meeting, Fragmentarium Fellows will present the results of their research and will then join a select group of senior researchers and manuscript librarians to help chart the next phase of the Fragmentarium project.


14 April 2017

Fragmentarium Case Study Workshop, Herzog August Bibliothek, WolfenbĂĽttel

From 31 May to 2 June, 2017, Fragmentarium partner, the Herzog August Bibliothek, hosted the 2017 Case Study Workshop, made possible through the support of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation and the Handschriftenzentrum of the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. The Fragmentarium team, met with fellows and supervisors involved in the 2017-2018 Fragmentarium case studies, as well as with other specialists in Fragmentology and the Digital Humanities. After hands-on with the Fragmentarium platform, the workshop featured lively discussions on strategies to describe fragments, especially ones with elements of decoration or musical notation.

Photo: Elena Iourtaeva

Photo: Elena Iourtaeva

The Herzog August Bibliothek’s Director of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Dr. Christian Heitzmann, organized with Fragmentarium fellow Antje Hoffmann a special examination of some of the library’s musical fragments.

The fellows then presented the projects that they will work on in the coming season. Stay tuned for details on those!

Photo: Gerda Huisman

Photo: Gerda Huisman

3 August 2017

Fragmentarium and Manuscript IDs

On 26-27 April, the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes - Paris hosted a Workshop on Manuscript IDs. The goal of the workshop was to compare various national initiatives to assign identifiers to manuscripts and to launch a joint initiative to standardize such methods. Fragmentarium was present and engaged in the workshop. For more information, see the program .

30 April 2017

Fragmentarium Flew into IMC

Fragmentarium's own Veronika Drescher joined Fellows Katharina Kaska, Ruth Mullett and a star-studded cast of Fragmentologists at the 2017 International Medieval Conference in Leeds. On Wednesday, July 5, Kaska organized a double session entitled “Piece by Piece: Medieval Fragments in the Digital Age”, followed by a roundtable, “From Fragments to Fragmentarium”.

12 July 2017

Fragmentarium at Cambridge

Fragmentarium fellows Ruth Mullett and Katharina Kaska joined Program Manager William Duba as round-table participants in the context of the symposium, “Layers of Parchment, Layers of Time: Reconstructing Manuscripts 800 - 1600”, held at Pembroke College, Cambridge, 23 June 2017.

30 June 2017


Houghton Fellowship Announced

The Houghton Library of Manuscript Studies has announced that it is accepting applications from Harvard University graduate students for a 2017-2018 Graduate Student Fellowship, in partnership with Fragmentarium. The deadline for Applications is April 15, 2017.

25 March 2017


Schoenberg Fellowship Announced

The Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies has announced that it is accepting applications from graduate students attending universities in the greater Philadelphia area for its 2017-2018 Graduate Student Research Fellowship, which it is offering in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and Fragmentarium. The deadline for Applications is April 1, 2017. For more information, see the official announcement.

10 March 2017

International Conference

Wolfenbüttel, May 31 - June 02, 2017 – The second international Fragmentarium conference will take place at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.

7 October 2016

Paris, October 20, 2016 – Presentation at the CERL Annual Seminar 2016: Manuscripts: innovation and cooperation: Christoph Flüeler and Veronika Drescher: “Mettre à l’épreuve l’interopérabilité: Fragmentarium – Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments”.

Workshop Programme

7 October 2016

Project Manager

Dr. William O. Duba is Project Manager of Fragmentarium since October 1, 2016.

7 October 2016

Videos of „Le Temps“

Les manuscrits suisses #1: Les Morales de Job entre Engelberg et Cleveland:

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Les manuscrits suisses #3: Le livre en mille morceaux:

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7 October, 2016

Veronika Drescher is working as a guest researcher at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) in Paris until end of June 2017.

7 October, 2016

Conference Report

The international conference „Ex parte enim cognoscimus – Current State of Research on Medieval Fragments“ took place from June 6-8, 2016, at the University of Fribourg. In the course of these three days, manuscript scholars met with IT and photography experts to discuss ongoing work on the Fragmentarium platform with special focus on topics such as „Description Criteria for Medieval Fragments,“ „Metadata“ and „Photographic Reproduction.“ The program opened on Monday with an introduction to the web application followed by hands-on training, it continued the next day with a more general overview of topics relevant to digital fragmentology, and it concluded with a presentation of the six case studies that will be carried out in the next twelve months. The conference has been supported by SNSF, SAHS and the University of Fribourg.

Group photograph of the conference participants at dinner

Group photograph of the conference participants at dinner.

October 7th, 2016

Fragmentarium in the News

Fragmentarium has been attracting interest not only among international experts, but outside the relatively small group of digital fragmentologists. Several Swiss newspapers are reporting on the project and its web application:

October 7th, 2016

Three new case studies have started

Since May 2016, three new case studies have been launched:

  • Describing book decorations in an online database – Fragments of Illuminated Manuscripts at the Austrian National Library Mag. Dr. Katharina Kaska, M.A. und Mag. Friedrich Simader, Ă–sterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien – Betreuer: Dr. Andreas Fingernagel, Ă–sterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien.
  • Psalms and Psalters in the Manuscript Fragments at the Abbey Library of St. Gall – Prof. MarĂ­a Adelaida AndrĂ©s Sanz - SNF-International Short Visit - Universität Salamanca) – Betreuer: Dr. Cornel Dora, Stiftsbibliothekar von St. Gallen).
  • Cataloguing and Digitization of Manuscript Fragments of the University Library of Leipzig – Ivana Dobcheva M.A. - unterstĂĽtzt von der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung – Betreuer: Dr. Christoph Mackert, Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig).

More information is provided in the “Case Studies” section.

October 7th, 2016

Fribourg, September 5–7, 2016 – Participation at the SNSF-Postgraduate courses (University of Fribourg): Rituels et mises en scène au Moyen Âge Cérémonies, symboles, liturgies, rythmes, dramatisations, débats – Rituale und Inszenierungen im Mittelalter. Zeremonien, Symbolisierungen, Liturgien, Rhythmen, Dramatisierungen, Debatten. Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) takes part in the programme: “Makulatur und Forschungsobjekt. Die Handschriftenfagmente der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen”

October 7th, 2016


St. Gall, July 8, 2016 – SCRIPTO Summer School St. Gall: Medieval Writing Culture (V to XV c.). Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) gives a presentation of and a workshop on Fragmentarium.

October 7th, 2016

International conference

Fribourg, June 6-8, 2016 – Ex parte enim cognoscimus – Current State of Research on Medieval Fragments, from June 6th to 8th at the University of Fribourg. 

March 8th, 2016

Stuttgart, May 25, 2016 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) at the University of Stuttgart as part of the Stuttgarter Mittelalterwerkstatt: “Fragmentarium – Laboratorium zur digitalen Fragmentforschung “ (Keplerstrasse 17, Raum 17.81; 7.15-8.45 pm).

March 8th, 2016

Call for application: Project manager of Fragmentarium (60-80%)

The candidate must be a specialist in at least one of the following fields: palaeography, codicology, textual criticism, digital humanities. He or she will have an excellent professional network, be able to lead a team of collaborators and will take part in the fundraising. The project is located at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Starting date: May 1st, 2016, or date to be settled.
Deadline for application: March 31st, 2016

March 8th, 2016

Zeno Karl Schindler/Fragmentarium Fellowship 2016

Pierre Chambert Protat, Paris, Campus Condorcet, is our second Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation/Fragmentarium Fellow this year. His Case study is dealing with the dispersed library of Florus of Lyon. Title: Rendre la bibliothèque de Florus de Lyon à son intégrité (Restore the library of Florus of Lyon to its wholeness).

Call for application: Fellowship Abbey Library of Saint Gallen

We invite postdoctoral candidates to apply for a Fragmentarium fellowship. The theme of the research – which will be carried out between June 2016 and June 2017 – will be the biblical fragments preserved at the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gall. Applications should be submitted by February 28th, 2016.

Call for applications: Fellowship for Fragmentarium Case study at the University Library Leipzig

We invite postdoctoral candidates to apply for a Fragmentarium fellowship. The theme of the research – which will be carried out between June 2016 and June 2017 – will be the medieval fragments preserved at the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. Applications should be submitted by February 21st, 2016.

Graz, February 26, 2016 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) at the conference "Vernetzte Welten - Digitales Kulturerbe als öffentliches Gut" (6. Tagung „Digitale Bibliothek“).

The University Library of Leipzig receives a grant from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation to support the collaboration with Fragmentarium

The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation funds two case studies, the first at the Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, the second at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, as well as a workshop in 2017.

Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation/Fragmentarium Fellowship 2016

Ruth Mullett, Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Cornell University, has been nominated as a fellow of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation. Her project, which has been conceived as a case study, will result in a digital catalogue of the in-situ medieval manuscript fragments of the Bodleian Library’s incunabula bindings.

Siena, December 10, 2015 – Participation of Marina Bernasconi Reusser (e-codices) at the Tavola rotonda “Per un confronto su prospettive di trattamento delle informazioni, elaborazioni e messa in rete di siti per la catalogazione partecipata di frammenti di codici” coordinated by Paolo Eleuteri at the International Conference “Frammenti di un discorso storico”, at the University of Siena, December 9-12, 2015. (Programme)

Fribourg, December 7, 2015 – Project presentation by Veronika Drescher and Martin Wünsche (Fragmentarium) at the Mediävistisches Colloquium at the University of Fribourg

Fragmentarium is mentioned a second time in The New York Times (December 3, 2015): Yale Buys Collection of Scattered Medieval Pages.

Philadelphia, November 14, 2015 – 8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, at the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, November 12-14, 2015 - Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Fragmentarium – A Worldwide Network to Bring Medieval Manuscript Fragments Online: the Technical and Institutional Challenges. (On Youtube).

Fribourg, October 27, 2015 – Programme Meeting SUK P-2: Get Together – Kurs auf eine Service-Drehscheibe für wissenschaftliche Information, Keynote presentation of Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Was ist ein etablierter Service-Provider?

Montheron, October 10, 2015 – Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, 10-years anniversary celebration, Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium)/ Sylviane Messerli (Fragmentarium): Fragmentarium - Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments.

Saint-Omer, August 25, 2015 – BIBLISSIMA summer school: Reconstituting a Medieval Library Today, the Example of Saint-Bertin. Veronika Drescher (Fragmentarium) takes part in the summer school and gives a short presentation of Fragmentarium: Fragmentarium. Laboratory for Digital Research on Medieval Fragments.

Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, May 14-17, 2015 - 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Session 114: All Medieval Manuscripts Online: Strategic Plans in Europe. Sponsor: e-codices: Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland; Organizer: Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) and Ramona Fritschi (e-codices);

President: Christoph FlĂĽeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium), with the following presentations:

  1. Challenges in the Systematic Digitization of All Medieval Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France by Matthieu Bonicel, Bibliothèque nationale de Franc
  2. The Pilot Phase for the Digitization of Medieval Manuscripts in German Collections: An Interim Report by Carolin Schreiber, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  3. Greek Manuscripts at the British Library: Reflections on an Almost-Complete Digitization Project by Cillian O’Hogan, British Library
  4. Fragmentarium: A Scholarly Network That Enables Libraries, Collectors, Researchers, and Students to Upload Medieval Manuscript Fragments and to Describe, Transcribe, and Assemble Them Online by Sylviane Messerli, University of Fribourg/e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

Session 316: Textual and Manuscript Studies in Online Environments “Digital Manuscripts as Source Text and Edition” by Christoph Flüeler (published by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies blog).

Session 46: Digital Humanities Resources for the Study of Central Europe in the Middle Ages (A Round Table) with the participation of Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium)

April 23, 2015 – The Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation approves a grant.

April 4, 2014 – Fragmentarium is mentioned in The New York Times.

October 16, 2014 – The Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation approves a challenge grant.

Copenhagen, October 9-11, 2014 – Consortium of European Research Libraries, 6th International Conference of the Manuscript Librarians Expert Group. Digital and Traditional Manuscripts: Challenges of a Great Migration. Ramona Fritschi (e-codices): Fragmentarium. A Project of an International Research Environment for Medieval Manuscript Fragments.

September 27, 2014 – the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides financial support to the Fragmentarium project.

Saint Louis (Missouri), June 18, 2014 – Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) takes part in the round-table session Digital Repositories for Medieval Studies. Challenges and Opportunities at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis (Missouri), June 16-17, 2014 – Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium) takes part in the “Dismembered Manuscripts Planning Meeting”.

Copenhagen, April 2-4, 2014 – 15th seminar on the care and conservation of manuscripts at the University of Copenhagen, Christoph Flüeler (e-codices/Fragmentarium): Restoration and digitization - a complementary approach.

Planning Meeting. Fragmentarium

Cologny (Geneva), January 30 – February 1, 2014

A total of twelve representatives of libraries and universities from Europe as well as from the United States took part in the meeting. The goal was to learn about the current state of fragment research and cataloging standards, as well as to lay the foundations for systematic research on medieval fragments. The meeting was sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Martin Bodmer Foundation. Participants: Matthieu Bonicel (Bibliothèque nationale de France and Biblissima), Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America), Andreas Fingernagel (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek), John Haeger (Stanford University Libraries), Timothy Janz (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana), Christoph Mackert (Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig), Scot McKendrick (The British Library), Marco Palma (Università degli Studi di Cassino), Nigel Palmer (St Edmund Hall, Oxford University), Agamemnon Tselikas (Center for History and Palaeography of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation), William Stoneman (Harvard University).

Budapest, October 17-19, 2013 – First public presentation of the project by Ramona Fritschi (e-codices): Fragmentarium – An International Research Environment for Medieval Manuscript Fragments at COST Action IS1005 - Medioevo Europeo – Medieval Studies and Technological Resources - 3rd Management Committee meeting.