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    Vatican scan plan

    Published on 07/11/2014 by David Birkett

    The Vatican Library has taken a significant first step in its mission to scan and digitise its collection of 82,000 manuscripts.  In collaboration with non-profit organization Digita Vaticana Oculus, established for the project, and the Japanese IT firm NTT DATA Corp, which won a four-year, $23 million tender to digitize the first tranche of manuscripts, the library has made the first 500 manuscripts available to view.  These rare items include ‘Japanese dance paintings’ eleven watercolour paints representing figures of Japanese dance, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and the Codex Borgianus, a Pre-Columbian Aztec manuscript, written at the end of the fifteenth century.

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