Biblissima Toolkit

The Biblissima toolkit (Baobab) contains a coherent collection of resources, tools, guidelines and tutorials for collecting and producing data about the circulation of texts, the history of libraries and the transmission of knowledge in Europe from the 8th to 18th centuries.

The toolkit is designed for anyone with an interest in this field, from those who are just starting out to full-time researchers, including teachers and professors, as well as librarians, archivists, curators, etc. Anyone working with medieval documents and manuscripts or early printed books may find it useful, although the primary target group is the people who are contributing to the Biblissima data cluster, for example through data entry, cataloguing manuscripts and printed editions, or the transcription, edition or translation of texts.

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  • BaOBab, the Biblissima toolkit, is a catalogue of online resources (tools, guides, tutorials, etc.) on the subjects covered by Biblissima. It provides an access point to the mass of resources available online in these fields by providing a coherent, rational and evolving selection. It is aimed at all audiences, from beginners to experienced researchers, and includes resources developed by Biblissima as part of the project's e-learning component, others that have been recovered and are now maintained by Biblissima, and still others (the vast majority) that are simply referenced in the toolkit with a link to the resource or tool in question. This site is currently under construction.
  • Collatinus is an open source lemmatiser and morphological analyser for Latin texts and is available for Windows, Mac OS and GNU/Linux (Debian). Lemmatise a single word or a whole text in Latin, translate the lemmas using the bundled Latin translation dictionaries, and display the corresponding syllable quantities and inflection. Collatinus is developed by Yves Ouvrard, with the help of Philippe Verkerk, and is available under the GNU GPL licence.
  • Collatinus-web is the online version of Collatinus, and offers nearly all the same features as the desktop version: look up a word in six Latin dictionaries (Gaffiot, Calonghi, Lewis & Short, du Cange, Georges, Valbuena), display the inflection for a lemma, scan a Latin text and display the syllable quantities, lemmatise it (seven target languages) or analyse its morphology.
  • Eulexis is the Ancient Greek counterpart to Collatinus-web, but with somewhat less extensive features. Use it to look up words in Greek dictionaries (Liddel-Scott-Jones, Pape, Bailly), to inflect a lemma and to lemmatise a text.
  • TEI Schemas for Bookbindings : XML-TEI descriptive schemas for bookbindings and their documentation, as used in the BnF's database of digitised bookbindings.
  • XML Editing Tools : XML editing tools and environments (EAD and TEI) to work on ancient documents, developed by the "Pôle Document numérique" of the MRSH at the University of Caen-Normandie. These tools are used for the edition and publication of Thecae, the Collection of inventories of medieval and modern books (8th - 18th century) at the Presses Universitaires de Caen.