The Vatican Library and Software AG have developed a web-based application for managing manuscript metadata stored in native XML databases.
The application allows users to:
- Create & modify XML metadata using templates
- Upload metadata from other databases (e.g., MS Access)
- Link from metadata to digital resources
The search engine supports Boolean operators, phrase searching, word stemming, and browsing; it uses XQuery syntax and is Z39.50 compatible.
The application enriches Vatican Library OPAC search results by providing simultaneous searching of manuscripts and other materials (printed books, prints & drawings, coins & medals).