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A system for collecting and making accessible on the internet information on historical book resources, linked to a virtual library of digitised documents. The Manuscriptorium service is financed by the National Library of the Czech Republic and managed by AiP Beroun s.r.o.

• Heidelberg University Library.
• The National Library of Romania.
• The National Library of the Republic of Moldova in Kishinev.
• In connection with the exhibition entitled “Codex Gigas – the Devil’s Bible: Secrets of the Largest Book in the World”, the Royal Library in Stockholm has provided the National Library of the Czech Republic with a digital copy.
• The National Library of Turkey in Ankar.

ENRICH: European Networking Resources and Information concerning Cultural Heritage

Towards a European Digital Library of Manuscripts

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ENRICH is a project funded under eContent+ programme. Main aim of the project is to create seamless access to distributed information about manuscripts and rare old printed books in Europe on the Manuscriptorium platform.

Manuscriptorium is the digital library that – at the beginning of ENRICH – contained data of 47 partners from the Czech Republic and abroad. It is the largest digital library of manuscripts in Europe offering access to more than one million digitized pages and a lot of descriptive data.

ENRICH will enhance the Manuscriptorium content through connecting additional digital libraries and taking aboard those who do not have them. To achieve this goal, many existing technologies will be optimized and new ones developed.

ENRICH started on 1 December 2007 and it will last until 30 November 2009. During this time, it should add to Manuscriptorium more than five million digitized pages from direct ENRICH partner institutions and hundreds of thousands of additional pages from other associated partners.

ENRICH stands for European Networking Resources and Information concerning Cultural Heritage.

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On 9 March 2005 the European Parliament and the Council approved the eContentplus Programme, a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable.

The 4-year programme (2005–08), proposed by the European Commission, will have a budget of € 149 million to tackle organisational barriers and promote take up of leading-edge technical solutions to improve accessibility and usability of digital material in a multilingual environment.

The Programme addresses specific market areas where development has been slow: geographic content (as a key constituent of public sector content), educational content, cultural, scientific and scholarly content. The Programme also supports EU-wide co-ordination of collections in libraries, museums and archives and the preservation of digital collections so as to ensure availability of cultural, scholarly and scientific assets for future use.

The programme aims at facilitating access to digital content, its use and exploitation, enhancing quality of content with well-defined metadata, and reinforcing cooperation between digital content stakeholders. It will tackle multilingual and multicultural barriers.

In the area of Digital Libraries, eContentplus will support the creation of the European Digital Library as well as the maximisation of the impact of European research results.

The European Digital Library ( is a common multilingual access point to Europe’s distributed digital cultural heritage, hospitable to all types of cultural material (texts, audiovisual, museum objects, archival records, etc.), targeted at delivering rapidly a critical mass of resources to users.

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