Collaborative research, under the direction of Professor Jane Everson, has established a comprehensive database on the Italian Academies 1525-1700. This significant public resource now forms one of the British Library’s (BL) series of Themed Collections; specialised catalogues developed to enhance public access to the BL’s collections. The project revealed some interesting parallels with the use of modern-day social media in the way the Academies communicated. In addition, the software model developed by the research team has also influenced the revision of other BL catalogues.
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