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Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts
The Register (UK) ^ | 7th March 2013 16:04 GMT | By Chris Mellor Ľ

Posted on 03/07/2013 2:30:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC.

The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but thought to have functioned for a long time before that. The library's function is to be a resource for scholars researching history, law, philosophy, science and theology.

The Abyss of Hell

The Abyss of Hell by Sandro Botticelli in the Vatican Library

It stores some 89,000 manuscripts, including 8,900 incunabula, manuscripts printed before 1501 in Europe. The Vatican collection of these is the fourth largest in the world. It also holds some 5,000 Greek manuscripts, with authors such Homer, Sophocles, Plato, and Hippocrates, and which include New Testament manuscripts. Many of these Greek documents are decorated with Byzantine miniatures. Its most famous book is possibly the Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1209, the earliest almost complete bible which dates from the 4th century.

A great many manuscripts in the library have not been formally catalogued and so much remains to be discovered, such as, possibly, unknown historical texts by Aristotle or Cicero. Digitisation will aid this because more scholars will be able to access the library's resources.

The first digitisation plans were announced in 2012, and involved a million and a half pages of material, collaboration with the UK's Bodleian Library, and a grant of £2 million from the Polonsky Foundation in London. Now it's up to 40 million pages in the first 3-year phase of a 9-year project.

EMC Vatican Library Video still

EMC Vatican LIbrary Digitisation video

A manuscript or books could have up to 500 pages, with each page needing 150MB of storage. Altogether, according to a spokesperson in an EMC video about the project, 45PB of storage will be needed.

This first phase of the project lasts three years and involves 40 million pages. EMC Italy is sponsoring this phase as part of an Information Heritage Initiative. It's contributing 2.8PB of Atmos, Isilon, and VNX storage arrays, Networker backup software and DataDomain deduplicating backup storage, and working with its Italian partner DEDAGROUP ICT Network.

Gianni Camisa, the group's managing director, provided a quote for EMC's release which perhaps suffered from translation issues; "This is a highly complex project of immense cultural value. We are pleased to offer our expertise around dematerialisation to a complex project of such historical significance." Digitisation might be a better translation of the Italian word that gave rise to dematerialisation.

The Amos storage will be used for long term conservation with the Isilon arrays used for items needing fast access. Documents will be stored in an ISO-certifiable digital format to ensure, EMC says, future availability.

At the moment a maximum of 200 scholars at a time can physically be in and use the Vatican Library. By digitising the manuscripts this can be increased to a much higher number and the manuscripts themselves, many extremely old and very fragile, will not have to handled and put at risk. The Vatican Library will be able to better preserve its heritage by becoming a library without walls. ®


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Education; History; Religion
KEYWORDS: aristotle; bodleianlibrary; cicero; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; hippocrates; hitech; homer; oxford; pages; plato; polonskyfoundation; romancatholicism; sophocles; vatican; vaticanlibrary; vaticanusgraecus1209

1 posted on 03/07/2013 2:30:14 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m surprised they haven’t done this already.


2 posted on 03/07/2013 2:34:41 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

2.8 Petabytes... There is a joke in there somewhere....


3 posted on 03/07/2013 2:35:27 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A manuscript or books could have up to 500 pages, with each page needing 150MB of storage.

That's some pretty high-resolution scanning. I'm guessing they want scholars to be able to closely examine the calligraphy to get clues as to which scribe wrote what.

4 posted on 03/07/2013 2:41:10 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How far down have we slid when even in this headline on this subject, they have to add the word ‘crap’ like 14 year old school boys. Books, the Vatican, Holy, and excrement?


5 posted on 03/07/2013 2:41:49 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“with each page needing 150MB of storage.”

I don’t think so,


6 posted on 03/07/2013 2:45:32 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Try this:

Put an 8x10 photograph on your scanner at home. Scan it at 1200 DPI, and store it in a lossless format. Tell us how large (in MB) the .tiff file is.

I believe that the pages of manuscript they're scanning may be larger than 8x10 ... and they may want more than 1200 DPI to capture the detail of calligraphy and illumination.

7 posted on 03/07/2013 2:49:51 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

A library of untapped historical significance is going to anger the Muslim world if they fail to burn it down in time.


8 posted on 03/07/2013 2:50:02 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: ansel12

That is vulgar, isn’t it.


9 posted on 03/07/2013 2:50:22 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: AppyPappy

““with each page needing 150MB of storage.”

I don’t think so,”

That does not sound bad at all for archiving high resolution photography. I would have thought it to be higher.


10 posted on 03/07/2013 3:17:05 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: GraceG
2.8 Petabytes... There is a joke in there somewhere....

Sorry...but that must be a lot of Peda Files...

11 posted on 03/07/2013 3:36:39 PM PST by jwsea55
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Save the hard copies!


12 posted on 03/07/2013 3:40:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Phase 1 is 40 million pages. If the next 2 phases are 40 million each, that’s an average of 1,348 pages per document. Seems way too high. Something’s off with the reporting, the next phases are fewer pages, or ancient documents were longer than we imagine.


13 posted on 03/07/2013 3:40:47 PM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: BenLurkin
Save the hard copies!

I think that's the point. Allowing scholars, however careful, to examine the original manuscripts necessarily means taking the risk of damage to them. By scanning them at high resolution, huge numbers of folks (essentially, anyone who really wants to) can examine them without risk.

14 posted on 03/07/2013 3:43:46 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ansel12
How far down have we slid when even in this headline on this subject, they have to add the word ‘crap’

The gratuitous crudity tells us more about the person who uses it than it does about the subject of discussion.

I have no doubt that some of our fellow FReepers will also inadvertently reveal the sordid contents of their minds by making crude jokes.

15 posted on 03/07/2013 3:45:53 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Okay.

Do not discard the hard copies!


16 posted on 03/07/2013 3:55:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Either way, I agree.


17 posted on 03/07/2013 3:58:39 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

EMC?


18 posted on 03/07/2013 5:15:37 PM PST by x
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To: x

“EMC?”

Storage company. I worked for them in the 90’s as a systems engineer.


19 posted on 03/07/2013 5:36:23 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; NYer

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Ernest.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


20 posted on 03/07/2013 6:20:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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