Massive computer storage offered for digitized Vatican Library collection
Catholic World News - March 07, 2013
The EMC Corporation is making 2.8 petabytes of computer storage space available for the digitized collection of the Vatican Library.
Last year the Vatican Library and the Bodleian libraries at Oxford announced plans to digitize more than 1.5 million items in their collections. The Vatican collection includes more than 80,000 manuscripts, 8,900 incunabula, and 1.1 million printed books. Vatican librarians are anxious to preserve some of the priceless older works in digital form because the originals are subject to deterioration from age and repeated handling.
The storage space provided by EMC will allow for the first steps in a 9-year project to preserve the libraries in digital form. A petabyte is equivalent to 1 million gigabytes, or 1015 bytes.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our February expenses ($5,368 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!