Russian Virtual Library: General Description
What is Russian Virtual Library?
"Russian Virtual Library" ("Russkaia Virtual'naia Biblioteka", RVB) is a non-commercial humanitarian project. RVB is an academic digital library. Its aim is electronic publication of both classical and contemporary works of Russian literature on the Web and CD-ROMs. All publications are based on authentic sources and provided with academic commentaries.
Aims and goals of the project
The activities of RVB are called upon to provide for the extension of the academic section of Russian Internet. Publications made within the framework of the Library contribute to the development of literary criticism and should be taken into account when preparing the critical editions of the complete or selected works of Russian writers. Library materials can be effectively used in the fields of academic research, distant education, and self-education.
Library users include high school and university students, Russian literature researchers, and all those who are interested in Russian culture.
The cultural and educational significance of the project consists first and foremost in the fact that the users are granted access to the publications of Russian literature works which meet the highest possible academic requirements, are provided with references which take into account the latest achievements of textual and literary criticism, and are adequate to the needs of contemporary humanistic education.
What distinguishes RVB among other digital libraries is its orientation to the highest philological and techological standards, and the wide range of the involved material. Despite the existence of a big amount of different collections of electronic texts, the RVB project has no analogues in the Russian Net today.
© Electronic publication - RVB (if not in public domain)
© Texts - the respective authors
© Commentaries - the respective contributors
The following four publications have already appeared on the RVB site:
Konstantin Batiushkov. Essays in Verse and Prose.
The first electronic publication of one of the founders of modern Russian literature, Batiushkov's only collection of poetry and prose which appeared during the author's lifetime (1817). The text is provided with a new academic commentary which fully integrates the achievements of modern philological disciplines.
Velimir Khlebnikov. Creations.
The first electronic publication of the 1986 critical edition which includes the correct texts of the works of the leading Russian futurist poet, with a commentary.
Yurii Mamleev. Collected Works.
An authorized publication of the new (in terms of its comleteness and composition) collection of the prominent contemporary writer.
Revised, augmented and commented edition of the poetic section of the anthology of Soviet unofficial culture "Samizdat of the century" (1998).
Another field of RVB activities is free distribution of linguistic-oriented software.
The first such software is the program WordTabulator for Windows 95/98/NT, created by Sergei Logichev. This is a convenient and powerful instrument which allows compiling indices of words and syntagms for a given set of texts (.txt or .html).
The following three publications from the RVB publication list are planned in the year 2000:
- Mikhail Lomonosov. Poetic works (from Complete works, Moscow and Leningrad 1959, vol. 8);
- Homerus. The Iliad, Translated by Nikolai Gnedich.
- Koz'ma Prutkov. Complete works.
Our main priorities are as follows:
- development and implementation of electronic publishing methodology based on SGML/XML technology;
- publication of the works of literature included in our extensive list (more than 100 writers of the 18th and 19th centuries, more than 100 writers of the first half of the 20th century, plus contemporary Russian literature);
- publication of critical studies on the theory of literature and Russian literary history, as well as periodicals and non-periodical series devoted to the above;
- creation and development of Internet community, which will gather together independent Russian literature publishers and researchers whose activities comply with the thematic plan and editorial standards of Russian Virtual Library; specialists in electronic publishing; makers of linguistic-oriented software;
- publication of theoretical works on electronic publishing and digital libraries;
- international cooperation
Sponsors and Partners
Currently the project is sponsored by Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) and ISP company RiNet. Of course, such an extensive project needs more sponsorship.
We should be most grateful for the generous support of those persons and organizations who are interested in our project.
Please feel free to contanct RVB staff: