Monday, April 15, 2013

Links to Digital Library

Here are the links to the digital library that I visit:

Vatican Library

EMC Corporation has provided 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;
  • The famous incunabulum of Pius II's De Europa, printed by Albrecht Kunne in Memmingen in around 1491;
  • The Code-B, one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible, dated to the 4th Century.


Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America site dp.la will launch April 18 with more than two million objects -- including digital renderings of photos, books, manuscripts and other items from places such as the Smithsonian Institution, along with museums, libraries and historical institutions around the country. 
The Digital Public Library of America site dp.la will launch April 18 with more than two million objects -- including digital renderings of photos, books, manuscripts and other items from places such as the Smithsonian Institution, along with museums, libraries and historical institutions around the country. 

Visitors will be able to view, for example, letters penned by George Washington, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson, and ambrotype and daguerreotype images of Abraham Lincoln. 




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