The first thing that people come to mind when they think of the Vatican – not high-tech. Not believing the Pope, of course. He recently began writing in Twitter and now it seems quite modern person.
Nevertheless. Soon the Holy See made an incredible leap straight into the future. It is reported that representatives of one of the largest churches decided to perform a digital scan of thousands of ancient manuscripts.
In the electronic form will translate the rarest and most valuable books of the past. They are unique, they are many hundreds of years (the collection gathered considerable part of human history.)
In the possession of the Vatican manuscripts are started by the most important Christian leaders. It is impressive in itself.
Among other things in the archives there are many things not related directly to Catholicism. Papal researchers for many centuries has acquired many Chinese scrolls, the sacred texts of competing religions, materials confiscated from scientists (in the days of the Inquisition.)
Hopefully, after the completion of access to virtual copies be provided to all comers. Although it will depend on the method that takes to save the information.
It is best suited for such an operation format, invented by NASA for scientific documents. It allows you to create very large files with a complex structure (metadata and other pointers).
But if the Vatican will choose it? While the mystery.
Analysts say that the implementation of the conceived need about 50 million euros, and considerable patience. The process can take tens of years.