Digital Archiving Resources

Vatican Library Digital Archiving Project

Title

Vatican Library Digital Archiving Project

Subject

Curation

Description

The goal of the Vatican Library Digital Archive Project is to preserve over 80,000 manuscripts and 41 million pages. However, the project also seeks to make these manuscripts accessible to the general public as part of a digital library. The Vatican Library dates back to Pope Nicholas’ founding around 1450, and, according to the video, the age and fragility of the manuscripts once made the preservation and dissemination goals at odds with each other, because if the ancient manuscripts were handled too much, they would disintegrate. However, digital imaging technology has allowed for the digital rendering and cataloging of the manuscripts, causing a merging of the preservation and access goals. Suddenly, if a manuscript is digitally preserved, it can also be digitally accessed.

Creator

NTT DATA

Date

2014-11-19

Contributor

Sara Raffel

Type

Video recording

Bibliographic Citation

NTT DATA. “Vatican Library Digital Archiving Project.” On YouTube. November 19. 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSYJj4G2fMs.

Files

Screenshot 2015-12-01 19.43.58.png

Citation

NTT DATA, “Vatican Library Digital Archiving Project,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 19, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/266.