History of a book project. “Patrimonio culturale, ingegno e tecnologia: dall’energia muscolare all’energia atomica verso l’energia pulita e rinnovabile” in the CNR IRCrES books

Grazia Biorci


In this paper the first report of a cultural enhancement project regarding the ancient and specialized book patrimony kept in the Library of the CNR IRCrES Institute of Genoa. The collection consists of more than two hundred ancient volumes about technical and scientific subjects, a portion of which, about twenty, deals with issues related to mechanics and to energy sources applicable to it. The project involves digitization and systematization in an interactive repository of the ancient volumes, which can be freely read and downloaded from the net by everyone. Thanks to the multimedia technologies, the project entails the implementation of an interactive and user friendly software for reusing the digitized pages. Among the reuse options, it has been implemented a search-way for theme inquiries, for keywords enquiries; besides, animations of the machines drawn within the texts there have been implemented to show and exemplify their mechanics and functionality. The occasion was due to an announcement of the Compagnia di San Paolo, which has funded digitization, the incrementation of the DigiBESS portal and the implementation of the software for the multimedia station.


Digital Humanities; interactive repository

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Cavagna 2017 = Anna Giulia Cavagna, Editoriale. Storia del libro: riflessioni, temi e problemi, «Bibliothecae.it», 6 (2017), 2, p. 1-16.

Crombie 1970 = Alistar Cameron Crombie, Da S. Agostino a Galileo. Storia della scienza dal V al XVII Secolo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1970 (ed. or.: Augustine to Galileo, 1959).

Mumford 2005 = Lewis Mumford, Tecnica e cultura, introduzione di Salvatore Veca; traduzione di Ettore Gentilli Milano, il saggiatore, 2005 (ed. or.: Technics and Civilization, 1934).

Cortellazzo - Zolli 1979-1988 = Mario Cortellazzo - Paolo Zolli, Dizionario Etimologico Della Lingua Italiana, Bologna, Zanichelli, 1979-1988.

DOI: 10.6092/issn.2283-9364/8457


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