The Bio-Bibliographical Database of Members of the Religious Order Living in the Czech Lands in the Early Modern Age

by Kateřina Bobková-Valentová, The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague and
Hedvika Kuchařová, Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague; The Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Is it possible to find out what a person living at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries did year by year? If this person entered a religious order, then in many cases the answer would be yes.

Cataloguing Card
Cataloguing Card

Once the Bohemian Revolt was defeated in 1621, a large number of male and female religious orders started to flourish in Bohemia and Moravia and this heyday lasted 160 years up to the reign of Joseph II (1780–1790). All of these orders were keeping records of its members, which had — besides purely practical reasons — also its legal and spiritual importance. By entering an order, the man or a woman committed himself/herself to leading a certain type of life and to fulfilling certain duties; life stories of deceased members were passed on within the community as examples of particular abilities and virtues, and the community prayed for its dead members. The Bio-Bibliographical Database of Members of the Religious Order Living in the Czech Lands in the Early Modern Age weiterlesen

Hedvika Kuchařová

Hedvika Kuchařová. © Hedvika Kuchařová
Hedvika Kuchařová. © Hedvika Kuchařová

Hedvika Kuchařová ist im Jahr 1971 geboren.

Sie studierte Bibliothekswesen und Geschichte an der Karlsuniversität in Prag. Seit dem Jahr 1994 arbeitet sie als Bibliothekarin in der Bibliothek des Stiftes Strahov (Prag) mit der Spezialisierung auf alte Drucke.

Ihr Hauptthema ist die kirchliche Geschichte Böhmens in der frühen Neuzeit und die Geschichte des Prämonstratenserordens.

Kateřina Bobková-Valentová

Kateřina Bobková-Valentová. © Kateřina Bobková-Valentová
Kateřina Bobková-Valentová. © Kateřina Bobková-Valentová

Kateřina Bobková-Valentová was born in the year 1971.

She is Research employee of the Department of Early Modern History of the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences and
Deputy of the Head and Secretary of the Department.

Her Professional focus is Czech history of the Early Modern Period with a focus on church history, primarily the history of monastic orders; the history of education and educational institutions, Neo-Latin Studies, the history of school theatre of the Early Modern Period, Digital Humanities.

Challenges in Digitizing Archival World

Community as Opportunity Launches a Study on File Formats

by Tomi Ahoranta, CO:OP Project Manager at the National Archives of Finland,
Reko Etelävuori, Format Study Work Coordinator and
Sami Nousiainen, Author of the study

We have been digitizing documents in National Archives of Finland for almost 15 years and our capturing processes have developed a lot during that time. Our processes have developed; the amount of digital images has grown enormously especially during the last couple of years. Concerning digital images we have been using widely used formats to store and share our documents – such as TIFF (preservation) and JPEG (usage).

At the moment our digital images are basically copies from our analog world but after we put them through character recognizing processes they will “born again” and create completely different platform for the same information. After processing we need to know how, what kind and in which format we save our new manifestation since there seems to be no TIFF (standard) available for this kind of data! Challenges in Digitizing Archival World weiterlesen

Tomi Ahoranta

Tomi Ahoranta. © Tomi Ahoranta
Tomi Ahoranta. © Tomi Ahoranta

Tomi Ahoranta, MA, Development Manager, has graduated from University of Tampere in 2005 majoring Finnish history and minoring general history, political science and international relations.

He has worked at the National Archives of Finland for almost 15 years in information service, recognizability and research and development work.

His favourite thought is that the primary goal of all previous generations of archivists has been getting the information into the archives whereas the primary goal of this generation should be getting it out and into people’s everyday use.

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Reko Etelävuori

Reko Etelävuori. © Reko Etelävuori
Reko Etelävuori. © Reko Etelävuori

Reko Etelävuori, Senior Research Officer – digitization, has been studying Graphic techniques in Helsinki City College and information management in University of Turku.

He has worked in National Archives of Finland in different roles for almost 15 years. In years 2009 and 2010 he acted as a Project Manager for two large scale digitizing projects where almost 10 million documents was scanned.

He has been working a long time with digital images, scanners and cameras, digital workflows and processes, digital preservation, presenting digital images and data storages. He spent the winter 2015 in warm Australia, as he was visiting the National Archives of Australia.

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