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A Keresztény Magvető az Erdélyi Digitális Adattárban
The Christian Sower in the Transylvanian Digital Database

Author(s): Enikő Bitay
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Erdélyi Unitárius Egyház
Keywords: digital library; online library; institutional repositories; digital periodical; DSpace

Summary/Abstract: The Transylvanian Museum Society – in collaboration with the Transylvanian Unitarian Church and the National Széchényi Library – has digitalized one of the most important and the longest living periodicals of Hungarian civilization, the 150-year-old Christian Sower, which is still published today. As a result of the project nearly 40,000 pages have become available for researchers. The first part of the paper introduces the Transylvanian Digital Database, where the issues of the Christian Sower can be found. In addition, it defines the mission of the Transylvanian Museum Society, which is much more than a historically determined program – namely the conservation and processing of the museum’s materials; the Museum is also committed to providing information in the most up-to-date format. The collections of the Society as well as the systems of their digitalized versions are also shown and the reader can become familiar with the many ways to search the database. One of the chapters shows the scientific-historical rarities of the Society, which are also parts of the digital collections. The second part recounts the significance of the original and the digitalized versions of the Christian Sower. It describes the working process of digitalization, the digital system of the periodical and the many-folded possibilities of research. This summary is the written and edited version of a lecture read in Budapest on 17 May 2012. The Christian Sower digital periodical is available online at:

  • Issue Year: 118/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 149-169
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Hungarian