OPES The project

At the end of 2000 steps were taken to initiate a digitalization project of the Oslo papyrus collection.
The project was named OPES (Oslo Papyri Electronic System) and its aims were first 1) to make
all the published papyri (around 280 out of a total of 2272) available, catalogued and imaged, on
the www, then 2) to catalogue and image the rest of the papyri, making the catalogue available
on the web and keeping the images in a separate database that users may access on demand. Due to
the international character of papyrological study and research, English was chosen as the language
of the project. The project has benefited greatly from the collaboration with the APIS project, whose
the late project director Traianos Gagos generously let us use the Michigan FileMaker Pro template for
cataloguing and registration of data.
A further aim is to scan and make accessible the collection´s inventory list made by the late professor
Leiv Amundsen. So far only a few have been scanned and a password is required to access them.

The staff

Federico Aurora: Classicist and librarian, keeper of the Papyrus collection of the University of Oslo Library,
housed in the Library of Arts and Social Sciences.

Gunn Haaland: Classicist and librarian, curator emerita

Andrea Gasparini: Chief engineer at Digital services at University of Oslo Library.

Anastasia Maravela has contributed greatly to the interpretation and translation of the papyri

Technical solutions

The supporting database is FileMaker Pro. For the moment we use the web-server incorporated in FileMaker
to present the collection on the web. The template we use is developed at the Library of the University
of Michigan. That was important for the cataloging work. All webpages, and search facilitis are created
by the University of Oslo Library.
The scanning procedure is made in a proper environment, with a Scando digital scanner from Kaiser. As a part
of the OPES project, the Library decided to join the APIS project organized in the United States of America.

The aim is to export information about the Oslo Papyri to the database situated at University of Colombia(NY) Library.
To achive this goal we have cooperated closly with the staff at the Library of the University of Michigan.

Registration and catalog

All registration is done on the basis of the Michigan FM Pro template, which makes room for all the normal
cataloguing data necessary for the retrieval of a document: author, title, origin, date, subject headings.
We also give a physical description of the document, provide a translation and register personal and
geographical names mentioned, as well as information of publication and bibliographical references
concerning each item. The data are as far as possible in keeping with standards set by the APIS project.