Libri scottici on e-codices and Fragmentarium

The e-Codices project started in 2005, as collaboration between the Abbey Library of St Gall and the University of Fribourg, and included in the following years all the main libraries of Switzerland. The goal of the project is to provide free access to all medieval and to some selected early modern manuscripts of Switzerland via a virtual library. In June 2018, the site hosts 2048 items form 84 different libraries or collections.

On the website, e-codices offers complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts, made in the two digitization centres, in St Gall and in Cologne. Each digitized manuscript receives a short description translated into the four languages of the e-codices website (German, French, Italian and English). These minimal metadata are completed with scholarly manuscript descriptions, which can be more than one (standard and additional descriptions), converted into XML format compatible with the TEI-P5 standard. The metadata generated are interoperable with other digitalisation projects, meta-search engines and other portals, which guarantee long-term availability. E-codices has already published online more than 40 Insular items (cf. list below). Some of them were published for the first time with a new scientific description thanks to a sub-project “Codices Fuldenses Helvetiae”.

Beside e-Codices, a second project, Fragmentarium, a digital library specialized for medieval fragment research and a web application has been developed since 2015 in Fribourg. Its main aim is to build an environment to upload, describe, transcribe and assemble medieval fragments online. Like e-codices, Fragmentarium consists of images with metadata and provides an IIIF-manifest for every document. To date, three Insular fragments are online – one from Basel University Library ( and two from Leipzig University Library ( + ).

Brigitte Roux, e-Codices (June 2018)

Schaffhausen Adomnan (detail)

Schaffhausen Stadtbibliothek, Gen. 1, fol. 1r (detail), Adomnan, Vita Columbae (688x713)

Insular manuscripts online on e-codices

Insular manuscripts not online yet

  • Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 1: 3a + b
  • Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 2 (2x)
  • Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, O IV 7
  • Bern, Burgerbibliothek, A 756/76
  • Luzern, Staatsarchiv, PA 1034
  • Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Min 25a
  • St. Gallen, Stifstbibliothek, cod. 1399a
  • Zürich, Staastarchiv, A G 19 (4x)
  • Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Z XIV 30

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