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Research projects

The Biblioteca Nacional de España has numerous links with research groups from universities and other Spanish research organisations. Developed, especially in recent years, in the field of Digital Humanities, the Library’s participation in these projects usually consists of providing digitised materials, organising conferences and professional meetings, applying the results as the “use case” of the project, and disseminating the progress made.

Call for proposals to digitise BNE holdings for research and cooperation projects

With a view to improving our response to these demands, and the quality and depth of our digitised collections, the BNE is calling the academic groups and researchers who require the BNE to digitise holdings to send us their proposals.

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Almahisto: Repositorio de Historiografía Española, 1700-1939 (UC3M)

The collaboration between the Biblioteca Nacional de España and the Carlos III University, formalised through an agreement from 2012, focuses on the research project “El Almacén de la Historia. Repositorio de historiografía española (1700-1939)” (“The History Store. Repository of Spanish historiography (1700-1939)”) (ALMAHISTO). The main objective of this project is to design, develop and store an institutional repository on Historiography which stores all the documents necessary for undertaking historiographic research in the period starting from the accession of the Bourbons to the Spanish throne (1700) to the end of the Civil War (1939).

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BIESES: Bibliography of Spanish woman writers

This database, which is open to all researchers, is a result of the need to complete, collect and systematise the information sources available to us for the study of women's writing. The objective of BIESES is to answer some fundamental questions about Spanish women writers before the 19th century: How many were there in total? Who were they? What was their social or biographical profile? Where did they live? How much did they write? What types of works did they write? Where were they published? Who read them? It was also necessary to know who had studied and published them today in order to have all the information on the subject and ensure high-quality research.

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Centro de Estudios Europa Hipánica

Collaboration agreement signed in 2016 between the Biblioteca Nacional de España and the Centro de Estudios Europa Hipánica (Europe Hispanic Studies Centre) for the completion of a musicological research project, concert, recording and production of a record on “Pedro Ruimonte, music in the Court of Archdukes Albert and Isabel Clara Eugenia at the beginning of the 17th Century”.

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Wine culture (Vivanco Foundation)

This is a space that the Biblioteca Nacional de España, in collaboration with the Vivanco Foundation for Wine Culture, dedicates to the presence of wine in its collections. The project involves a bibliographic-iconographic study on the culture and history of wine, intended to locate, study, digitise and disseminate the documentation present in various BNE collections, especially in the graphic arts holdings, related to the culture of wine. These collections include: engravings, drawings, ephemeral prints (postcards, calendars, picture cards, business cards, drinks labels, etc.), restaurant records, posters, and ex-libris..

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Dialogyca BDDH: Biblioteca Digital de Diálogo Hispánico (UCM)

Collaborations between the Biblioteca Nacional de España and the Late-Medieval and Renaissance Hispanic Prose Study Group (IUMP, UCM) led to an agreement, signed in 2013 (updated in 2019), involving the Dialogyca BDDH project (Digital Library of Hispanic Dialogue). The project aims to gradually offer the corpus of all the literary dialogues written in the different languages of Spain, including Romance, Hispano-Hebrew and Hispano-Moorish languages. 

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Discantus More Hispano

This is a collaboration agreement signed in 2017 between the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Discantus More Hispano for the documentary analysis and contextual and audiovisual study of the collections of Roberto Pla, Alberto Blancafort, the Editorial Música Moderna publisher, and the Francisco Asenjo Barbieri bequest.

EDI-RED: Ibero-American editors and publishers website (19th-21st centuries)

The website aims to trace a map of literary publishing in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician, as well as in Portuguese, from 1800 to the present, either on paper or in digital format and in any geographical space. The project focuses on the figure and work of editors, publishers, collections and literary advisors, from nineteenth-century craft companies to the large groups that currently dominate the global Spanish publishing industry..

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Studies on the Kyrios digital collection with the Museum I+D+C (UCM)

Collaboration agreement between the UCM and the BNE for the inventory, technical inspection, viewing, description (cataloguing), classification and packaging of the different documents that make up the Kyrios Collection, with the aim of appropriately conserving them and ensuring they are available for subsequent consultation, which could, at a later stage, be digitised for internal or external use, once their authorship has been identified and the heritage permits of the respective holders have been obtained.

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LINHD: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (UNED)

LINHD is a research centre for Digital Humanities of the UNED which serves as a framework for innovation, research, advice and training for researchers and projects in Spanish. The aim of the lab is to respond to the growing needs imposed by the new modes of transferring knowledge. In this respect, it offers solutions for the development of research projects and infrastructure, both individually and occasionally for researchers and teachers who have an interest in being trained in Digital Humanities, and for companies, institutions and organisations which need or want to adapt to the new changes and trends in technology applicable to humanities.

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Mnemosine, Biblioteca Digital de "La otra Edad de Plata"

Mnemosine, Biblioteca Digital de La otra Edad de Plata (Mnemosine, Digital Library of “The Other Silver Age”), brings together a repertoire of texts and authors that have remained in the shadow of the great literary figures of the first third of the 20th century. The objective of the library is to serve as a laboratory where data can be cross-checked, texts can be annotated, digital tools can be implemented, annotated texts can be shared, and new keys areas of research and cultural reading can be assessed. Mnemosine also provides links to digitised texts and data on authors and works that belong to the rare and forgotten repertoire (1868-1939). The Mnemosine records have been sourced from metadata imported by Clavy from the Hispanic Digital Library and HathiTrust, with the support of the UCM Library.

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Ovidius Pictus: Ovidian Digital Library

Global project for creating a great website dedicated to the illustrated work of Ovid, which contains data and images on all copies of the editions printed between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries found in all Spanish libraries.

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Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technology Group (UPV)

The Biblioteca Nacional de España collaborates with the Pattern Recognition and Human Language Technology Group (PRHLT) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia to develop manuscript text transcription technologies.

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PROLOPE: research group on Lope de Vega (UAB)

The main objective of the PROLOPE Group, founded in 1989 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​is to produce critical editions of the entire theatrical works of Lope de Vega. The preserved plays of Lope –one of the greatest and most prolific playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age and the history of Spanish literature– are estimated to comprise more than three hundred securely attributed comedies, in addition to those whose authorship has not been confirmed. The Biblioteca Nacional de España also collaborates with PROLOPE in other areas, including a project for the online publication of the work Women and Servants.

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Player piano rolls digitisation project

Player piano rolls digitisation project by the Biblioteca Nacional de España, with the support of Telefónica, and in partnership with the Department of Art and Musicology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, addressing very diverse aspects: digitisation, software engineering, restoration of the original supports, digital preservation and musicology.

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eLITE-CM project: Electronic Literary Edition (UCM)

The eLITE-CM project is aimed at developing the field of electronic literary edition by creating synergies between academics, libraries, technology mediation centres and companies in the sector. The main objectives include, on the one hand, the development of prototypes for action in the enrichment of digitised texts disseminated in libraries, and on the other hand, the development of digital editing tools which allow for an increased level of interactivity in newly created texts. The Biblioteca Nacional de España participates as an associated group through the Hispanic Digital Library.

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Manos Project (Manos Teatrales)

Manos (Hands) is a collaborative project which analyses and disseminates information on the manuscripts of Spanish classical theatre from the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries preserved in various European and American collections. The project, formerly called Manos Teatrales (Theatrical Hands), is directed by Margaret R. Greer (Duke) and Alejandro García-Reidy (Syracuse), and collaborates with the DICAT Group from the University of Valencia and PROLOPE from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The Biblioteca Nacional de España formalised its collaboration in an agreement signed with the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2015.

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The BNE collaborated with the PUBLIDOC-UCM Research Group of the Faculty of Documentation Sciences in 2015 with the aim of studying proposals and practical solutions in order to address the declaration of Orphan Works in Spain.

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