Author Topic: Thousands of medieval manuscripts now online in full color through digitization  (Read 223 times)

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Thanks!

There are more and more of these. It's an incredible resource and helps to solve what I always called The Archivist's Dilemma. An archivist has two mandates
 - make the materials available to researchers
 - preserve the materials for all future generations

There has always been a tension there, but online imagery solves a lot of the problem. There are only a handful of scholars who can actually benefit from examining the physical object. Most of us are just looking for the text/images anyway.

My one sadness is that there is something incredible about the experience of passing your days in a archive reading room, calling up documents half a millennium old. There's a smell and a feel and, perhaps most importantly, an assembled community of like-minded scholars. Those things just don't translate online.

Still, it's incredibly handy for those of us who choose to live a zillion miles from good collections.

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>Thanks

welcome