Friday, November 14, 2008

roman de la rose digital library

Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France have announced that the Roman de la Rose Digital Library available at The goal is to bring together digital surrogates of all the approximately 270 extant manuscript copies of the Roman de la Rose. By the end of 2009 they expect to have 150 versions included in the resource. There is an associated blog available at

I am particularly interested in the pageturner and image browser that they used -- the FSI Viewer, a Flash-based tool. It seems to work with TIF, JPG, FPX, and PDF (but not JPEG2000?), and converts files to multi-resolution TIFs. It's a very intuitive interface.

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