Share Family - The Collaborative Approach to Linked Data and Knowledge Sharing
Working together, we can enhance catalogues, improve the visibility of collections and provide a better user experience for patrons.
Libraries, archives and museums hold a vast quantity of data and resources that, until now, have often remained hidden from sight in catalogues and archives. By implementing the BIBFRAME data model and facilitating the interoperability with IFLA LRM and other widely used ontologies, bibliographic information can be transformed into Linked Data, revealing it to a wider audience and encouraging greater engagement with library, archive and museum collections.
Visit the renewed Share Family website at www.share-family.org to discover how to get involved.
Talking Linked Data at ALA
Casalini Libri and AtCult are pleased to announce their participation in two important discussions on the subject of Linked Data as part of the 2023 meeting of the American Library Association in Chicago.
The Share-VDE Workshop, scheduled for the morning of Monday 26th June, will provide an overview of the Share Family and Virtual Discovery Environment, discussing the advantages of a collaborative approach to linked data and knowledge sharing, showcasing recent advancements in infrastructure, interoperability and tools, and presenting progress reports from its working groups, members of the Share Family who play an active and collaborative role in defining the direction of developments through a constant exchange of ideas and principles that benefit the entire Share community.
We are also delighted to participate as contributors at the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Update, due to take place at 1pm (ET) on Monday 26th June. Tiziana Possemato will address the meeting on the benefits of adopting the BIBFRAME-based entity environment from different perspectives, as she discusses Catering for consortia in the BIBFRAME environment: case histories from the Share Family.
PARSIFAL, the new linked data management system and entity discovery platform for bibliographic data
The Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries (URBE) and @CULT announce the release of PARSIFAL, a linked data management system and entity discovery platform designed to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of bibliographic data, increasing the visibility of, and access to, their resources.
PARSIFAL responds to the need identified by the Rectors of the Roman Pontifical Universities to equip their institutions' libraries with a highly innovative search engine, bringing together bibliographic data and authority items from the 17 participating URBE libraries of URBE in a dedicated portal that provides a single point of access to the libraries' vast patrimony of resources: the portal counts 2.8 million records to date, and is updated weekly, allowing users to benefit from a streamlined, efficient, research experience, with results enriched by sources from individual catalogues.
Exciting new entries to the
Torrossa Digital Library
Casalini Libri and Erasmus
Boekhandel are pleased to announce
a series of agreements with some
of Europe's most authoritative and
respected academic publishers, for an
ever more comprehensive coverage
of scholarly publishing from across
The result of a co-ordinated effort and continued
investment in the Torrossa Digital Library, the
new partnerships confirm the further evolution of
the platform, which now offers access to almost
400,000 monographs and over 1000 scholarly
e-journals from more than 450 European
The new entries to the Torrossa Digital Library
bring to the catalogue a wealth of scholarly
material published in Germany, Switzerland,
Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain and beyond.
Torrossa Reader App:
improved, accessible and secure
consultation of digital content
Casalini Libri and EDRLab release
the new Torrossa Reader application,
based on Readium LCP technology,
to facilitate the consultation of texts
in EPUB format available on the
The result of ongoing collaboration between
Casalini Libri and EDRLab, the new app from
Torrossa has been developed using using Readium
technologies, particularly Readium LCP, a simple
but reliable solution for distributing protected
content from EDRLab that supports different
Secure, accessible and easy to use, the app
guarantees efficient content protection for
publishers, while offering enhanced consultation
with personalisable settings for end-users and
responding to the requirement for ebook
accessibility that is part of the EU Accessibility
Directive, coming in force in 2025.
Torrossa platform conforms to international accessibility standards
Following the announcement in 2021 of the collaboration between Casalini Libri and the LIA Foundation for Accessible Italian Books, we are now delighted to report that the Torrossa web platform has been made accessibile, in conformity with internationally recognized requirements for rendering Web content and reading solutions as accessible as possible for people with disabilities.
Torrossa is compatible with the most recent versions of principal browsers and screen readers; in addition, Casalini Libri is also working to implement a new content reader, based on an open-source solution of the Readium LCP, to further facilitate accessible reading for e-content. An additional objective is to make it possible for alternative descriptions of the images in the titles to be read in line with the text, using the screen-reader.
Torrossa Digital Library expands
exponentially with thousands of
European research publications
More than 100 new publishers
joined the platform in 2021,
delivering a 400% increase in
the academic content on offer to
Casalini Libri and Erasmus Boekhandel are
delighted to announce the success of the first
phase of their joint investment to amplify and
strengthen the coverage of publishing from across
Europe in the Torrossa digital library.
In the first year of this investment, the digital
library has expanded fourfold, with a substantial
part of the growth coming from independent
publishers and international groups publishing
in English and French languages, as well as a
significant increase in full-text content from
Italian and Spanish publishers, traditionally at
the core of the library's digital collections.
Share-VDE 2.0 entity-based discovery platform
Casalini Libri and @Cult announce the release of the Share-VDE 2.0 linked data management
system and entity discovery platform, a pioneering and effective environment that uses linked data
to connect and present authoritative data from a growing network of libraries. Share-VDE 2.0 aims
to facilitate the exchange and reuse of bibliographic data, at the same time increasing the visibility
of and enabling wider access to knowledge.
A collaborative effort, initially undertaken as a research & development project, in 2016 Share-VDE
has evolved to become both a real and effective pilot environment influenced by the vision
of the LD4P initiatives for the practical application of Linked Open Data for the LAM domain, and
progressively an authoritative linked data node. By implementing the BIBFRAME data model and
incorporating Share-VDE adaptations, Share-VDE enriches, reconciles, clusterizes and converts
the authority and bibliographic MARC data of participant libraries in a dynamic, discoverable format,
providing a reliable and up-to-date source of data complete with a set of advanced tools and
services that also facilitate interoperability with IFLA LRM.
The explanation of position of Share-VDE is outlined in the Share-VDE Statement.
Online teaching material in the Torrossa Digital Library
Casalini Libri has opened a new
sales and distribution channel for
academic content in e-book format,
making texts available in Torrossa
with the specific aim of supporting
We have always believed in digital innovation as a
complementary format to paper; now, more than
ever, we are convinced that the digital format can
assist in allowing publications to be accessed by
all those who need them to carry out study and
Over forty publishers have already joined the
initiative and more are expected to pledge their
participation during this year.
Valuable, constructive and ongoing collaboration
with institutions in identifying the titles of
greatest interest means that Torrossa is continually
enriched with new content.
Casalini Libri and Fondazione LIA for Accessibility
True to its mission to support the dissemination of culture, Casalini Libri has, through the years, provided increasingly advanced tools to facilitate access to academic research and cultural content for scholars from all over the world. Since the early 2000s its Digital Division and Torrossa platform have offered libraries and institutions the possibility to consult academic texts in the Humanities and Social Sciences in digital format.
In the context of the overall renewal of our technological infrastructure, Casalini Libri has recently embarked on an important collaboration with the LIA Foundation for Accessible Italian Books in order to achieve and ensure full compliancy with the European Accessibility Act when it comes into force in 2025.
Casalini Libri web developers and programmers have already begun specialised training with the LIA team of accessible publishing and assistive technologies in order to adapt the Torrossa platform to conform with accessibility standards by the end of 2021, referring to internationally recognized requirements for rendering Web content and reading solutions as accessible as possible.
Full details are available at the accessible and constantly updated web page www.casalini.it/accessibility.asp
Torrossa Digital Library: wider horizons for extended coverage
Casalini Libri and Erasmus Boekhandel welcome prestigious international publishers to the Torrossa Digital Library, enhancing its catalogue with high quality French and English language digital content.
Well known as an important source for digital publications in the Humanities and Social Science from Italy and the Vatican City, Spain and Portugal, Torrossa now considerably extends its coverage. A result of the recently established collaboration and increasingly fruitful synergy between Casalini Libri and Erasmus Boekhandel, new agreements have been defined with several prominent publishers from France, the Netherlands, the UK, United States and further afield.
Over twenty imprints join more than 300 publishers already hosted on the platform, with in excess of 20,000 e-books added to the catalogue in the first few months of collaboration and yet more to come.
Casalini Libri and @Cult
Casalini Libri joins forces with its historic partner @Cult, a software house based
in Rome and specializing in the design and development of solutions for information
management and knowledge sharing. The union both strengthens and furthers the
Casalini mission to promote the dissemination of culture through increasingly advanced
services to libraries, institutions and publishers.
Aware of the changes required by digital transformation and committed to providing
solutions, @Cult responds perfectly to the operational needs of the new Casalini
- Erasmus - Houtschild group. It is therefore natural that it should become the new
centre for research and development within the company, at the same time guaranteeing
maximum autonomy and enhancing professional skills, to the benefit of all those who
work and collaborate with Casalini Libri.
Access.torrossa.com: Our new Digital Library now online
Torrossa Digital Library receives
a newly restyled and enhanced
interface as part of an ongoing
investment in technological
innovation and improving user
experience.The new look and improved digital library aims to
provide the best possible tools and user experience
to all our collaborators, customers and library
Casalini Libri, Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel, Houtschild Internationale Boekhandel
As we all continue to deal with this particularly challenging situation, we would like to share a moment of positivity with some exciting news. Casalini Libri has acquired, along with Mr. Dirk Raes, the Dutch based companies Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel (with offices in Amsterdam and Paris) and Houtschild Internationale Boekhandel.
Penn Libraries Partners with Casalini Libri, @Cult to Develop Linked-Data Discovery Interface
In tandem with Casalini Libri and @Cult, the Penn Libraries is developing an experimental system based on the Share-Virtual Discovery Environment (Share-VDE) project which will be available in mid 2020.
Available soon on Torrossa: Biblioteca dell'«Archivum Romanicum»
Thanks to the latest chapter in Leo S. Olschki's ongoing digitization project, the complete collections of the long-established and respected monographic series Biblioteca dell'«Archivum Romanicum» will soon be available in electronic format in the Torrossa Digital Library.
Award of the Laurea magistrale ad honorem to Michele Casalini
It is with both enormous pride and great pleasure that our CEO, Michele Casalini, has accepted from the University of Florence an honorary degree celebrating his dedication and contribution to the field of Library and Information Science.
Advancements to our Torrossa Digital Library and Bookstore
True to our mission of investing in technological innovation to provide the best possible services to libraries and publishers, we have recently begun a significant undertaking to upgrade and improve access to the electronic resources available on Torrossa. A renewed and reystyled platform, in turn, allows us to further enhance the range of content available in our digital library and bookstore.
Torrossa Digital Library: autumn update
We are pleased to announce new publications by the prestigious publishers Carocci, Leo S.Olschki, Franco Angeli, Fabrizio Serra and Iberoamericana.
Casalini Libri Linked Data services
As one of the major bibliographic agencies for data regarding European publications, Casalini Libri is particularly interested in Linked Data and the opportunities that this method of publishing structured data provides for widening the dissemination and increasing the discoverability of bibliographic data.In recent years we have been an active participant in discussions on Linked Data, metadata standards and BIBFRAME both in the US and Europe.
Law content on Torrossa
Specialist e-books and e-journals from prestigious Italian and Spanish publishers.
Olschki e-journals - La Parola del Passato now available on Torrossa
The complete archive of La Parola del Passato journal, from 1946 to 2014, is now available on Torrossa thanks to the latest digitisation effort by Leo S. Olschki publishing house.
Torrossa Digital Library: Spring update
The Torrossa platform provides visibility, distribution support and technology to academic publishers, while simplifying purchasing, licensing and access for institutions.
Fiesole Collection Development Retreat 2018
The theme for this edition, the 20th in the series, is "Serving Learning and Scholarship". The 2018 Fiesole Retreat will once again examine new technologies and service models, as well as issues in collection development and librarianship.
Torrossa Digital Library: Autumn update
New collections are now available from Olschki, including all 2016 titles, and a new set of 150 titles from Iberoamericana. We are also pleased to announce that we have signed new agreements with several publishers such as: CPL - Centro Primo Levi; Inschibboleth edizioni; Edizioni Epoké; Passigli Editori; Silex ediciones.
Casalini Libri is an ISNI Registration Agency
On March 1, 2017 Casalini Libri became an ISNI Registration Agency, with the scope to contribute data to the central ISNI database, provide ISNI related services to organisations and users in the information chain, as well as to support data enrichment and procedures for the reconciliation of entities.
Shibboleth now available on Torrossa Platform
We are pleased to announce that Shibboleth is now available on the Torrossa platform, widening the range of access options to the platform for libraries and their users.
EURIG annual meeting 2017
The annual meeting of EURIG 2017 in Florence and Fiesole will examine current demands in the application of RDA and possible challenges for the future.
Leo S. Olschki on Torrossa - Titles published in 2016
The Leo S. Olschki publishing house has now released the electronic editions of a further 52 monographs, published during 2016. These titles join essential sources of material for researchers of Literature, Art, History, Classical Studies, Music and Bibliography already present on the Torrossa platform, encompassing the publisher's entire catalogue from 2000 to 2016.
Torrossa Spring Update 2017
Some of the most prominent and historical Italian publishers will become available on Torrossa in the next few months, including Adelphi, Baldini e Castoldi, Bollati Boringhieri, Bompiani, Donzelli, Gangemi, Garzanti, Giuffré, Laterza, Marsilio, Ponte alle Grazie, Rosenberg & Sellier and UTET.
Fiesole Collection Development Retreat 2017
The 2017 Fiesole Retreat will examine the theme of "The Evolving Scholarly Environment", discussing new technologies and business models, as well as the re-emerging role of collection development and librarianship in the continuing digital evolution of the scholarly ecosystem.
Prestigious new publishers on Torrossa in 2017
A new agreement with the e-content supplier Edigita will see archives and new content from a number of Italian publishers made available on Torrossa in the next few months.