STCN: What do you think?

Date: Thursday 28 March

Time: 13.00

Location: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague


Chair: Marian Lefferts, Consortium of European Research Libraries

13.00: Coffee/tea

13.30: Introduction to the seminar by Marieke van Delft, KB The Hague

13.35-14.20: Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, University of St. Andrews – The Bookshop of the World. Searching for markets in the Dutch Golden Age

Without the book trade, the miracle of the Dutch Republic is scarcely conceivable; and without the window books provide into the soul of this society, we would hardly be able to fathom this most remarkable contribution to European civilisation. The Bookshop of the World is an attempt to capture this teeming, literate, complex society through the evidence of its printed works. Today we will set out some of the research approaches we have adopted, and explain how that has directed us to new interpretative strategies and fresh conclusions.

14.20-14.30: Questions

14.30-15.00: Els Stronks, Utrecht University – Golden Agents. the STCN as part of research into the Dutch creative industries

Through the Golden Agents project, we aim to get a better understanding of eruptions of creativity witnessed in the Dutch. The Dutch book industry is of great importance to this project. The STCN is a data set that clearly does not allow us to uncover the quantity of the Dutch book industry, for it focuses on quality. How does this focus help or hinder our research?

15.00-15.30: Coffee/tea

15.30-16.00: Steven van Impe, Hendrik Conscience Library, Antwerp – Sister Act. What the STCV learned from the STCN, and what the STCN can learn from the STCV

The STCV started in 2000, 25 years after STCN. The model STCV uses is based on STCN, but STCV expanded the description model on the basis of ‘lessons learned’ and the progressive insight of the STCN. For example, STCV includes broadsheets, an important product of the printing press in early modern times. How could the STCN implement these adaptations without sacrificing reliability?

16.00-16.30: Alicia Montoya and Rindert Jagersma, Nijmegen University – Reconstructing the eighteenth-century Dutch bookscape. From STCN to MEDIATE and beyond

Aggregating data from different sources, both from the production and the reception end of books, allows us to accurately assess the role of print culture in the eighteenth-century Dutch Republic. How does comparing data from the STCN and MEDIATE databases shed new light on trends during this period?

16.30-17.00: Discussion on the STCN, chaired by Marian Lefferts

17.00: Drinks

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