More than five centuries of documents and manuscripts are to be preserved by placing them online.
The Vatican's library is packed full of historical texts and literary treasures dating back hundreds of years. The process of scanning more than 40 million pages however is no easy task thanks to bindings that disintegrate when opened and gold or silver illuminations that are particularly awkward to scan. "It is important to realize if there is gold or silver in a manuscript," said project leader Luciano Ammenti. "That requires a very particular process because the light will be different."
The effort to digitize the massive collection will ensure that the Vatican's library is preserved for future generations with an estimated requirement of more than 43 petabytes of storage. "This is our dream, to give all the world access to our manuscripts," said Ammenti. "We start with the most delicate, the books that are in a critical situation for conservation."
"The project, finally up and running a year after its announcement, uses an armada of equipment to capture the vast range of pages amassed by the Vatican over five or six centuries into one of the world’s most valuable collection of books and manuscripts."
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Source: The Star
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