The First 500 Books From The Vatican Library’s Massive Digitization Project Are Now Online




(Business Insider) The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 by Nicholas V. It holds some 180,000 manuscripts, 1.6 million books and 150,000 images and engravings.

Last year, non-profit organization Digita Vaticana Oculus was founded with the aim of helping fund the digitization of 80,000 of the manuscripts, or 41 million pages.

In March, Japanese IT firm NTT DATA Corp won a four-year, $23 million contract to digitize the first 3000 manuscripts, totaling 1.5 million pages.

The first 500 manuscripts are now available to view, along with 600 incunabula – books or pamphlets printed before 1500 AD.

According to DigitaVaticana, a FITS file can “contain metadata, information regarding the manuscript, is free from legal restrictions, updated by the scientific international community, safe from viruses, and can be read by any image processing software”.

If the project is completed – and it’s estimated that will take 15 years – the entire catalogue will weigh in at 45 quadrillion bytes.

After they are digitized, the originals will be kept in temperature and humidity controlled anti-atomic bunkers. [More]





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