OPenn, launched in May 2015, is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It contains complete sets of high-resolution archival images of material from the collections of the contributing institutions of the University of Pennsylvania, along with machine-readable descriptive and technical metadata.

Through OPenn, users can access some rare books and manuscripts from Penn Libraries. In August 2015 two collections were available: the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Manuscripts (a collection of nearly 300 manuscripts, with a focus on the history of science and the transmission of knowledge), and a series of manuscripts from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the University of Pennsylvania or hosted by Penn (including for example a 16th-century Portolan Atlas and a book of Ciphers made for Pope Calixtus III in the 15th century). More datasets, including manuscripts from Penn’s own holdings and items from other institutions, are planned to be added in the near future.

Manuscripts can be browsed according to collection. Each page can be viewed as tif, low-resolution jpg, or high-definition jpg, and can be downloaded. The material is accompanied by detailed metadata. Images of individual pages can be manipulated to re-create the order in which the pages were written, as opposed to the order in which they were collated for binding.

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Monday, 14 December 2015 - 4:51pm
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