Skip to comments.EMC Brings the Vatican Apostolic Library into the Digital Age
Posted on 03/07/2013 8:24:39 AM PST by marshmallow
Over 80,000 Manuscripts and 8,900 Rare Incunabula to be Digitally Preserved for Future Generations
* EMC will support the Vatican Apostolic Library in digitizing its catalogue of 80,000 historic manuscripts and 8,900 incunabula as part of EMC's Information Heritage Initiative.
* The project will completely digitize the library, resulting in 40 million pages preserved in digital reproductions.
* The first phase of the nine-year project will provision 2.8 petabytes of storage, utilizing a range of industry-leading solutions from EMC including Atmos®, Data Domain®, EMC Isilon®, NetWorker® and VNX®.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) has today announced that it is providing 2.8 petabytes of storage to help the Vatican Apostolic Library digitize its entire catalogue of historic manuscripts and incunabula (a book or pamphlet printed before 1501). One of the oldest libraries in the world, the Vatican Apostolic Library holds many of the rarest and most valuable documents in existence including the 42 line Latin Bible of Gutenberg, the first book printed with movable type and dating between 1451 and 1455. EMC is supporting the Vatican Library's goal of preserving in an ISO-certifiable digital format delicate texts vulnerable to deterioration and decay from repeated handling, ensuring that the accumulated knowledge of generations is freely available for future study.
Additional manuscripts being digitized include:
* The Sifra, a Hebrew manuscript written between the end of the 9th Century and the middle of the 10th, one of the oldest extant Hebrew codes;
* Greek testimonies of the works of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and Hippocrates;
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When I went to Rome in 1984, I knew that in order to get into the Vatican library you had to have permission ahead of time, usually through your bishop and only if you were doing academic research. I did not have a letter of introduction. But, I had an idea of where it was and I started to walk in that direction thinking that if I just kept going maybe I could just walk in an have a nice look-see. Well, I didn’t get very far because this Swiss Guard came out of no where and interrupted my plan.
That is pretty awesome! Way to go EMC!
BTW, the Vatican Library has a great newsletter, free via email.
If you like historic manuscripts, or just curious, you will love the newsletter.
Thanks. I will sign up for it.