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THANKS TO YOU

DIGITIZED MANUSCRIPTS

PRESERVE, DISSEMINATE, CHERISH.

Digita Vaticana Onlus is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to promote the conversion of the Vatican Library manuscripts into digital format. The Association is raising the necessary funds to guarantee the digitization of over 80,000 manuscripts held in the Vatican Library and is developing venues of communication to disseminate and articulate the value of these important historical documents, so as to improve the visibility of the project and its supporters.

FOUNDING PARTNERSSCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
Maite BulgariMons. Cesare Pasini, Prefect
Paolo BulgariAmbrogio M. Piazzoni, Vice-prefect
Marcello MustilliPaolo Vian, Director of the Manuscript Department
 Barbara Jatta, Graphic Arts Curator
Paola Manoni, Assistant Coordinator of IT Services

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ONCE UPON A TIME,
AND FOREVER THANKS TO YOU

Founded in 1451 by Nicholas V, the Vatican Library holds pivotal cultural documents from all of humanity; letters of the most important historical figures; drawings and notes by artists and scientists such as Michelangelo and Galileo; treaties from all eras, in all fields of learning, from all parts of the world.

FITS is the format that has been adopted to digitize the manuscripts of the Vatican Library. Developed at NASA to store images, astronomical and astrophysical data, FITS was designed to guarantee long term preservation of documents. As well as memorizing images extremely faithful to the original, a FITS file can contain metadata, information regarding the manuscript (size, materials, ...), is free from legal restrictions, updated by the scientific international community, safe from viruses, and can be read by any image processing software.

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