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Fragmentarium Phase II will create an Open Digital Library for the study of medieval manuscript fragments worldwide.

Lay summary
Manuscript fragments constitute one of the largest sources of written information about the Middle Ages, and yet, they have not received systematic attention from researchers. Found in the bindings of old books, stored in boxes, and even sold on the international art market, fragments can be found in large numbers all over the world. A discipline dedicated to these cultural artefacts, Fragmentology, would provide the framework for scholars to build upon our understanding of history and make new and exciting discoveries.

Fragmentarium Phase II aims to establish the discipline of Fragmentology by sponsoring, coordinating and collaborating with numerous international research projects, developing the guidelines and materials necessary for scientific research, and transforming the Fragmentarium platform into an open research laboratory.

The Laboratory (https://fragmentarium.ms) will be gradually transformed into an Open Research Library, and make accessible to a large number of collections, archives, and museums for research and teaching. Fragment research will be strengthened not only by research fellowships with individual scholars, but also by partnerships with an increasing number of multi-year fragment projects. In addition, Fragmentarium will organize and participate in events aimed at forming researchers and developing research, including workshops, digital humanities (DH) laboratories, seminars, cataloguing courses, as well as a graduate course. The results will be scholarly and perduring: in addition to dozens of articles and the first-ever comprehensive handbook on the field of fragmentology, the project will publish electronically at least ten thousand manuscript fragments – images and scholarly descriptions – on a consolidated Open Science platform adhering to the FAIR Data Principles. Already the focal point for international research on fragments, Fragmentarium will at the end of the project play a major role in medieval manuscript studies in the digital age; after the completion of the project, it will continue to serve as a hub of publication and research for the next generation of scholarship.