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Long-Term Research Programmes

Creation of a Virtual Research Environment for Access to and Preservation of Digital Documents
Project duration: 2004–2010
Project leader: Adolf Knoll
Financial Support: Ministry of Culture of the CR
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The final year of the resolution of the research programme was capped particularly by the release of the final version of the Manuscriptorium digital library based on the international test operation of its Beta version. The Manuscriptorium became an internationally important sub-aggregator of the EUROPEANA European portal / digital library. At the same time, the entire system of the Manuscriptorium was optimised, which increased the user’s convenience in work with it. In terms of the objectives of this research programme, a truly international virtual research environment hence emerged. The advantage of this solution is the seamless aggregation of data, which in this extent has no parallel in the world: it is the cooperation with various systems of digital libraries and remote repositories on a European scale. Almost one hundred institutions from twenty-one countries share their data in this way in the Manuscriptorium; more than 255,000 entries and 40,120 fully digitised documents, in parallel with that 10,000 full texts, of which ca 470 Czech, are accessible. Work with onthologies and with independent thesauruses was verified in pilot operation. The user has significant opportunities to personalise his/her environment available: the creation of his/her own collections and documents across digital libraries and depositories.

Building Mutually Compatible Information Systems for Access to Heterogeneous Information Resources under the Umbrella of the Uniform Information Gateway (UIG)
Project duration: 2004–2010
Project leader: Bohdana Stoklasová
Financial Support: Ministry of Culture of the CR
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The originally very wide thematic scope of the research programme was narrowed in 2010 to the area currently most important for the development of the NL CR: building digital deposit libraries and web archiving. In the area of building digital deposit libraries, the employment of the pilot system for the assignment, administration and identification of digital documents – the URN:NBN Resolver – is very important. It is the starting point for further development, whose objective is a URN:NBN national system for diverse institutions. Significant progress was achieved in the areas of the specification of functional requirements of the national digital repository and the system for the long-term preservation of digital documents. The most important result in the area of web archiving is the final employment of the SRU/SRW interface for searching in a full-text index and its integration with the meta-search portals.

Research and Development of New Methods in the Preservation and Conservation of Rare Library Collections
Project duration: 2005–2011
Project leader: Jiří Vnouček (until April 2005), Magda Součková (April–December 2005), Jerzy Stankiewicz (2006 – May 2010), Jan Novotný (June 2010 – 2011)
Financial Support: Ministry of Culture of the CR

In the areas of the research and development of preventive measures leading to the preservation of the library collections, the issue of the improvement of the properties of the containers for the preservation of written monuments was being resolved in 2010. Boxes made from three types of covering materials were tested in a special CTS room in terms of the penetration of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. The degree of the deceleration effects of the atmosphere with reduced oxygen content on the degradation of cellulose materials was tested within the task of the deposition of books and documents in covers of special plastic foil without air access. A special device was created for the artificial aging of paper samples according to ISO 5630/3. In the thematic part defined by determining the level of the damage of written monuments and the research and development of conservation methods leading to their preservation, the emphasis was placed on the methodology of the documentation of the state of the damage of the collections in the conservational surveys. Within this task, photographic materials from the former Negatives Archive of the Reprographic Services Department of the State Library of the CSR were treated and deposited in the archiving system. The documentation of rare exemplars is used for an exact comparison of the physical state of the exemplars from various time periods. For the recording of data on the administration of historical exemplars, for the description of the physical state of the exemplars and of the photographic documentation, an XML scheme was created according to the TEI P5 metadata standard, and a proposal of the implementation of the database application into the system environment of the NL CR was treated. During the research of watermarks, a method of their use in the dating of the earliest Bohemian printed books was verified. Like in the previous years, the applied research methods within the task of the conservation of rare illuminated manuscripts relied on an instrumental analysis of the colour layers; on selected manuscripts, also the method of image analysis using the diagnostic software from Lucia Forensic was utilised. Collagen-fibre historical materials treated by conservation agents underwent a process of artificial aging in the CS testing room with a dosing system of gases and were subsequently tested.

Oct 02, 2012
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