Biblissima: the Observatory for the Written Cultural Heritage of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

The author, who oversees the Biblissima programme, introduces the observatory, whose seven-year programme was launched in October 2012 with a budget of seven million euros as part of the EQUIPEX research programme. The project has a twofold aim: a significant improvement in the availability of primary and secondary data relating to the history and transmission of medieval and renaissance written material and the development of the Biblissima observatory. The observatory will be an online resource offering clear, structured access to a vast corpus of material and innovative tools helping students and researchers to make best use of the data available.