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Marsilio Editori: a presentation

Founded in Padua in 1961, Marsilio Editori has moved to Venice in 1974,publishing literature and fiction books; essays concerning art, music, architecture,cinema, economics, history, social sciences, picture books; catalogues;cartography and several journals. With approximately one hundred and seventytitles published every year, Marsilio Editori has become a reference pointin the Italian publishing world for its deep commitment to cultural lifeand production, being awarded with several cultural prizes such as PremioCampiello and Premio Viareggio.

Multimedia experience
Marsilio has published three non-traditional products called PEnT(i.e. books published with CD-ROMs): the hypertextual version of Goldoni'sdrama "La famiglia dellíantiquario", the multimedia catalogueof "La Biennale di Venezia 46. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte. Identityand alterity. Figures of the body 1895-1995", and the catalogue ofthe exhibition on "Guglielmo Marconi's life and activities" thatwas held in New York in May-July 1996; Marsilio has also several other multimediatitles currently under publication on subjects such as cinema and tourist/culturalguidebooks.
In June 1996, as co-ordinator of the VENIVAEP 20638 ESPRIT Consortium, Marsilio has published on the Internet an electronicexhibition entitled A Virtual Tour inthe Venetian Historical Sources.

In 1994, together with Sidac and with the sponsorship of the European Commissionand the Presidency of the Italian Government, Marsilio has launched theMUSA Prize 1994, the first award on global scale for young multimedia authorsdesigned to support them in the realisation of multimedia and non-traditionalpublishing products as a way of expressing their culture.
The second edition of the MUSA Prize 1995 was also sponsored by the EuropeanCommission and the Presidency of the Italian Government, and Marsilio, togetherwith Finsiel (ex-Sidac) co-ordinated the initiative.
For the third edition of the MUSA Prize 1996, works both in English andItalian language will be accepted for the competition, and in 1997 the EuropeanMUSA Prize will be spread all over Europe thanks to the collaboration ofother groups of multimedia publishers from different European countries.

European RTD experiences
From 1992 Marsilio has been involved in three ESPRIT III and IVProjects: In the first two projects Marsilio acted as the co-ordinator for the marketingand publishing initiatives with the objective of defining a clear producingcycle (based on Marsilio experience in the traditional publishing industry)for the newly-born multimedia cultural industry, whereas in VENIVA Marsilioplays the role of co-ordinator of the whole project which aims at providinga solution for accessing the cultural heritage preserved in European historicalarchives and libraries.

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