Concluding conference of the DFG project "Description and digitization of precious book covers as independent works of art"

1 and 2 March 2018
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Ottonian goldwork binding of the evangeliary of Henry II | © BSB/ Clm 4452#Einband

Tibetan book cover (upper cover), 18th century | © BSB/ Cod.tibet. 116

About the conference

A symposium will take place on 1 and 2 March 2018 at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on the occasion of the conclusion of the project "Description and digitization of precious book covers as independent works of art" supported by the German Research Foundation. The goal of the DFG project is the development of a description standard for precious book covers, which constitute plastic objects of art and assume an exceptional position between the text-oriented collections of the libraries and the object-oriented historical art collections.

DFG project "Description and digitization of precious book covers as independent works of art"

Since October 2014 a corpus of around 60 Western goldwork bindings of the Middle Ages and the modern era and around 100 Tibetan book covers from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been used as a basis for developing modular standards for describing these independent objects of art. In an accompanying, camera-based workflow, the objects are digitized and made publicly accessible on the Internet including the results of the analysis. A number of select objects from the two bodies are additionally thoroughly analysed by the Institute for Conservation and Restoration (IBR) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek applying material-scientific and art-technological methods.

Now the results of the three parts of the project (Western goldwork bindings, Tibetan book covers and material-scientific and art-technological analyses) will be presented and discussed with international experts. The symposium scheduled for one and a half days will focus on the following topics:

  • Discussion of the description and presentation model
  • Re-usability for own projects/ purposes
  • Establishment of ties to other research-relevant information
  • Networking with the services of other collection-conserving institutions (museums and libraries)
  • Language of the description: Thesauri and ontologies
  • Ideas and perspectives

Accordingly, the symposium will focus on discussing the results of the standardisation project from the perspective of the various communities with respect to the scholarly and scientific benefit and the possibilities of further use.

Overview of conference information

Date 1 and 2 March 2018
Venue Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal  (1st floor)
Programme Download of the conference programme  (PDF, 76 KB)
Registration Registration form
Registration deadline: extended until 26 February 2018
The number of participants is limited. The maximum number of participants is 85.
Costs No participation fee will be charged.
The costs for accommodation, the joint conference dinner and further catering have to be absorbed by the conference participants.

Speakers are kindly asked to advance their travel and accommodation costs and have them reimbursed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek subsequently. (Further information will be included in your conference folder.)
Hotels Rooms have been reserved for the conference participants in the following hotel near the venue. Please contact the hotel directly for booking by 12 January 2018 at the latest (keyword "Prachteinbände").

Leonardo Hotel Boutique Munich
Amalienstr. 25
80333 Munich
Phone  +49 89 620397-79

Room quota (available up to 12 January 2018):
01 March – 02 March 2018: 30 single rooms for one person each
02 March – 03 March 2018: 10 single rooms for one person each

€ 99.00 per night & per single room or
€ 109.00 per night & per double room

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