Document Scanning

Vatican images available online digitally

An intriguing article by shows how digital scanning isn’t just for office documents – it also has a wide range of other uses. The website reports that the first 500 books from the Vatican library’s massive digitisation project are now online.

The Vatican Library, founded in 1451 by Nicholas V, holds around 180,000 manuscripts, 1.6 million books and 150,000 images and engravings. In 2014, the non-profit organisation Digita Vaticana Onlus was founded – with the aim of helping to fund the digitisation of 80,000 of the manuscripts, which equates to around 41 million pages.

In March, Japanese IT firm NTT DATA Corp won a four-year, $23 million contract to digitise the first 3000 manuscripts; totalling 1.5 million pages – and the first 500 manuscripts are now available to view, along with 600 incunabula (books or pamphlets), printed before 1500 AD.

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