Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project

Prayer book (siddur), Italian rite, 1469. Yo'el ben Shim'on Feibush (scribe), Summary: The core aim of the six-year Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project is to provide free online access to Hebrew manuscripts from the British Library’s collection, through manuscript conservation and imaging, catalogue creation and online presentation. The outputs are detailed and searchable catalogue records and fully digitised manuscripts. This project also included a digital scholarship component, aiming to encourage and facilitate research and new work using the new digital collection. 

Type of Project: The documents come from a single collection of manuscripts in the British Library.

Countries Involved: 2

Website: https://www.bl.uk/hebrew-manuscripts

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Description

The core aim of the six-year Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project is to provide free online access to Hebrew manuscripts from the British Library’s collection, through manuscript conservation and imaging, catalogue creation and online presentation.

The manuscripts cover the whole range of Hebrew written material, including biblical and liturgical works, philiosphy, poetry and legal documents, and come from the whole of the Jewish diaspora, including Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, India and China.

The outputs are detailed and searchable catalogue records and fully digitised manuscripts. This project also included a digital scholarship component, aiming to encourage and facilitate research and new work using the new digital collection. 

Partners

  • British Library, United Kingdom
  • National Library of Israel, Israel

Duration

  • 5 years (2014-2018)

Access to Data and Documents

Materials are available for non-commercial reuse for free.

Metadata is available for consultation on an online catalogue, and available for reuse for free.

Volumetry

2760 documents, 530 000 pages

PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Digital preservation, digital unification

Last update: 24 July 2019