Today in Tech – 1995

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By Community Team

On this day in 1995 the Los Angeles Times published a report on the Vatican’s efforts to put its library on the World Wide Web for the very first time. The undertaking was headed by then director of the Apostolic Vatican Library, Father Leonard Boyle and was part of a project funded by IBM. It involved the computerization of the library’s catalog and placing digital copies of ancient manuscripts and paintings on the official website. Today the Vatican Library website contains thousands of digital copies of manuscripts and incunabula for scholars and the public to peruse, as well as images and descriptions of the Vatican’s extensive, ancient numismatic collection.

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