Over the past ten years, e-codices has published about 15% of Swiss medieval manuscripts in digital form; this is a total of 1,500 manuscripts, about 1,300 from the medieval period. For more than 350 manuscripts, new scientific descriptions were prepared in collaboration with curators and a large scientific community. Christoph Flüeler, founder and director of e-codices, states: “What matters most to us has never been the sheer number of manuscripts or how often each digital manuscript is consulted, although these numbers really are impressive. Much more important to us is meeting the demands of research and kindling new demand, using technology to strike out in new directions, and changing how manuscripts are regarded. For us, the diligence that goes into a critical edition of a text also remains the model for the edition of a digital manuscript”. Flüeler explained this as follows in a recent article: “A digital manuscript edition should, like a critical text edition, follow documented scholarly research criteria and not produce a plain, unexamined reproduction of the material object […] <it should> create some added value […] <and> should obviously provide a reliable foundation for current research of the original manuscript” (see Flüeler, “Digital manuscripts as critical edition.” - http://schoenberginstitute.org/2015/06/30/digital-manuscripts-as-critical-edition).
Our map with our partner libraries – 57 Swiss institutions are collaborating with e-codices
“The Digital Libraries Heat Map is, possibly, the most fascinating of our maps: it shows where the digitization of medieval manuscripts is being done most effectively, and which are the areas in the world that are lagging behind.” DMMmaps - http://digitizedmedievalmanuscripts.org/maps