Alberti Magni e-corpus

„The aim of the Alberti Magni e-corpus project is to support research on Albert the Great by providing scholars the possibility: 1) to download image files of Albert’s works that can be found in editions no longer covered by copyright laws; 2) more importantly, to search 60 of those works electronically, using a Boolean search engine which gives access to a corpus of approximately 19,000 pages in print or 8.6 million words.“

World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature now available on the Internet Archive

„The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA) announced today that they are making a large corpus of Buddhist literature available via the Internet Archive. This collection represents the most complete record of the words of the Buddha available in any language, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, teachings and works such as medicine, history, and philosophy.“ Internet Archive Blogs

Cambridge Shahnama Project

„This site brings you a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic ‚Book of Kings‘, completed by the poet Firdausi in AD 1010, together with a display of the miniature paintings in each one. There are currently about 1500 manuscripts and single pages recorded, 18,000 records of paintings, and 12,000 images from all over the world, now accessible with a few clicks of a mouse.“


European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

„I would like to announce that the European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project is now live at,,, and

The EJLPP is the largest census of books owned by European Jesuit institutions prior to the suppression. It includes both texts currently held in libraries and information from pre-1773 inventories, and is an ongoing project. The sources include manuscript inventories from Belgium and Italy; on-line library catalogues in the US and throughout Europe; and on-site research at the Folger, Beinecke (Yale University), Princeton University, Brown University, and Georgetown University Libraries. Funds for portions of the project have been provided by Yale, Princeton, and Georgia Southern Universities. I have posted some photos on the web page, but the majority are at the Flickr photostream, which is curated by my graduate assistant, MA candidate Rudy Bond. I have also posted Excel spreadsheets with the data. Please visit us there!

We are always happy to take more data, too. If you have any leads on books with European Jesuit provenance (colleges, professed houses, houses of probation) prior to the suppression of the Society of Jesus, please share them with me.

Thanks to all, and have a good weekend.

Kathleen M. Comerford
Professor of History, Georgia Southern University
Associate Editor, Journal of Jesuit Studies
President, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, 2018″


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US: National Screening Room

„The Library of Congress announced today that it has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website. Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully downloadable. Permissions were granted for the inclusion of copyrighted motion pictures, which are only available as streaming files.“

Internet Archive: Images of Afghanistan 1987-1994

„The Afghan Media Resource Center (AMRC) was founded in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1987, by a team of media trainers working under contract to Boston University. The goal of the project was to assist Afghans to produce and distribute accurate and reliable accounts of the Afghan war to news agencies and television networks throughout the world.“

„The Afghan Media Resource Center collection includes audio, video and photographic footage, content and culturally unique materials on Afghanistan.“

Google and research data: #DontLeaveItToGoogle

„Peter Kraker on Google Dataset Discovery, the open science movement, and his #DontLeaveItToGoogle campaign. […]

Where do you see the problem in search engine for data run by Google?

I fear that Dataset Search will go the way of Google Scholar. When Google Scholar came about 15 years ago, it was a ground-breaking literature search engine. The scientific literature, however, has doubled in the meantime, and Google has not made enough investment to keep up with this growth. As a result, Google Scholar is of very limited use today and does a bad job at helping researchers to find relevant papers for their information needs. Now, this lack of innovation would not be a problem, if other tools could build on top of Google Scholar. But unfortunately they can’t, because the Google Scholar index is not reusable. Innovators in this market have to first build their own index, which is not helped by the fact that Google has many special arrangements with content providers that the rest of the world does not have.

And we are all poorer for it – discovery is in many ways the departure point of research, and the results of this step decide whether research is reused or duplicated, whether new collaborations are formed or these opportunities are missed. Discovery is therefore important for efficiency, effectiveness and quality of research. Now I do fear that the same could happen for datasets, if we do not put an open alternative out there.“

Colleen Fitzpatrick – The „Unknown Child“ of the Titanic

„Of the 328 bodies recovered by the salvage operation of the SS Titanic, just one was that of a child. His identity was unknown for nearly a century until 2002, when Dr. Alan Ruffman and Dr. Ryan Parr announced that they had identified the remains of the “Unknown Child”. But was this identification correct?

Hear how we resolved the controversy so that the Unknown Child of the Titanic was unknown no longer.

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is the author of three best-selling books in genealogy, and has been recognised for her innovative forensic science approach to genealogical research.

Recorded: 20 April 2015 at Auckland Libraries“

Colleen Fitzpatrick – Adoption searches

„This talk will give you insight into adoption searches – how to use explicit and implicit information in conjunction with DNA to locate someone even if don’t know his or her name.

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is the author of three best-selling books in genealogy, and has been recognised for her innovative forensic science approach to genealogical research.

Recorded: 20 April 2015 at Auckland Libraries“

Early Modern celebrations and legal iconography (Otto Vervaart)

„The Early Modern Festival Books Database has been created in 2011 at Oxford as an updated and expanded version of Festivals and Ceremonies. A Bibliography of Works Relating to Court, Civic and Religious Festivals in Europe 1500-1800 […]. For me it is a fairly obvious matter to establish whether you can easily find all relevant digitized copies of a particular collection. However, the advanced search mode of the online bibliography with fourteen search fields does not contain a field for collection. The Victoria and Albert Museum has no longer information on its Piot Collection, neither does the website of the National Art Library housed in the V & A. The BnF offers a good introduction to the Collection Auiguste Rondel of the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal. The Herzog August Bibliothek has a subdomain for Festkultur Online with 314 digitized books which can be searched thematically with Iconclass. At the website of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek I could not find a page about its festival books“.

Forging Islamic science

Twitter by Nir Shafir

See also
Lori Jones and Richard Nevell: Plagued by Doubt and Viral Misinformation: The Need for Evidence-based Use of Historical Disease Images (2016). Author’s accepted manuscript at

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Colleen Fitzpatrick – CSI meets Roots

„Forensic genealogy has established itself as the modern approach to family research. Reference materials such as photographs, databases, and DNA can provide much more information than you ever dreamed. But are you really using your genealogical materials to your best advantage? The goal of this talk is to spark your imagination to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries.

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is the author of three best-selling books in genealogy, and has been recognised for her innovative forensic science approach to genealogical research.

Recorded: 20 April 2015 at Auckland Libraries“