Brief History

Since 2005 e-codices has been digitizing manuscripts from all regions of Switzerland. During the first two years of the project, as a result of a joint pilot project with the Abbey Library of St. Gall, 130 manuscripts from the Abbey Library were published online on the CESG (Codices electronici Sangalleses) website. Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, e-lib – Swiss electronic library, and other funding sources, e-codices has been able to expand to include manuscripts from all over Switzerland. As the “Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland” e-codices offers free online access to medieval and early modern manuscripts from public and church-owned collections as well as from numerous private collections. With the support of the Rectors Conference of Swiss Universities e-codices has also been integrated into a national program for the establishment of digital infrastructure. e-codices works cooperatively worldwide with several hundred specialists who are performing research on Swiss manuscripts, and we operate two digitization centers: the St. Galler Digitalisierungszentrum and the Centre de numérisation de Genève in Cologny.

e-codices is an initiative of Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler, Professor for Manuscript Studies and Medieval Latin and a member of the Medieval Institute at the University of Fribourg.

Year Project Manuscripts Libraries Sponsors (Selection)
2003 Pre-project          
2004            
2005 Pilot Project – CESG (Digital Abbey Library of Saint Gall)     62 1  
2006 e-codices Pre-project     139 6  
2007       235 13  
2008 e-codices     363 16 Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2008-2012) Support from e-lib – Swiss electronic library (2008-2012)  
2009       570 24      
2010       721 30     Stavros Niarchos Foundation 2010
2011       864 35     Stavros Niarchos Foundation 2011-2012
2012       961 42    
2013       1054 44

Support in the framework of the SUK P-2 Program "Wissenschaftliche Information: Zugang, Verarbeitung und Speicherung" (Scientific Information: Access, Processing and Storage) of the Rectors Conference of Swiss Universities (2013-2016) 

 

2014   Creation of the Competence Center for Swiss Manuscripts and Digital Manuscript Research   1233 51
2015    

Fragmentarium (Digital Laboratory for Fragment Research)

 

 

 

 

 

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 e-codices: Support in the framework of the SUK P-2 Program "Wissenschaftliche Information: Zugang, Verarbeitung und Speicherung" (Scientific Information: Access, Processing and Storage) of the Rectors Conference of Swiss Universities (2013-2016)

 

 

 

 

Fragmentarium:

1. Swiss National Science Foundation

2. Stavros Niarchos Foundation

3. Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation
2016            
2017            
            Total Grant Funding: 6.9 Million SFr.