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82,000 Vatican manuscripts to go online

Posted on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments

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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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Comment icon #1 Posted by Kowalski on 12 May, 2013, 12:44
Oh this is so cool! I know there is one website I go to where you can even see the state papers from King Henry VIII's reign: Anyway, this is really neat.
Comment icon #2 Posted by s33ker on 12 May, 2013, 12:52
I was just discussing this with the hubby today about how unfair it was that the Vatican had all these ancient books that no one has access too. Cool bananas.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ealdwita on 12 May, 2013, 17:47
If you (or indeed, anyone else) enjoys the day-to-day minutae of 15th.Century life, perhaps you might be interested in this site. The Pastons were inveterate letter-writers and their correspondence reflects the life of a middle-class family during the so-called Wars of the Roses. The 'Introduction' is a bit long - skip most of it is my advice.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker on 12 May, 2013, 19:56
This is really cool. But, you know that the Conspiricy People are going to claim that all the "Banned" works are not going to be published. That the Vatican has them, but denys it. Looking forward to linking to various works here to prove idiots wrong.......
Comment icon #5 Posted by bltwmcki on 12 May, 2013, 19:56
What's the bets the information they hold about alien visitation is withheld from the online collection???
Comment icon #6 Posted by tipsy_munchkin on 12 May, 2013, 22:29
I blame you die. You said it and it happened.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 12 May, 2013, 23:05
HA, Ha, ha.....
Comment icon #8 Posted by The Word of Thoth on 13 May, 2013, 9:42
Die is probably gonna lump me in with the conspiracy people, but do we all really think that the Vatican would release ALL the documents held in their vaults online to be accessed by the public....? I mean the Vaticans hold on the worlds population is tenuous at best these days, what with all the scandals with priests and homophobic, ultra conservative popes.... I cant imagine them releasing anything that may add to their handhold on power slipping.... just my two pence....
Comment icon #9 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 13 May, 2013, 22:45
liars all their info is fake and fabricated.if one wants to know the answers to all look within yourselfs

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