Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vatican and Oxford University Share Ancient Texts Online

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Vatican and Oxford University Share Ancient Texts Online (The Guardian, 12 April 2012)

Excerpts:
The Oxford University and Vatican libraries are to jointly digitise 1.5m pages of ancient texts and make them available free online. The libraries said the digitised collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields.

With approximately two-thirds of the material coming from the Vatican and the remainder from Oxford University's Bodleian libraries, the digitisation effort will also benefit scholars by uniting materials that have been dispersed between the collections for centuries.
Link: Vatican and Oxford University Share Ancient Texts Online



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