Cloud goes back to the Bronze Age: University of Manchester takes world famous collections to AWS Cloud

Exclusive: Using Preservica’s digital preservation system, the University Library is taking some of the rarest documents in the world digital.

The University of Manchester Library, one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK, has begun the process of digitising and moving its collection to the AWS Cloud. Using Preservica’s cloud based digital preservation system, which was deployed in April, collections spanning many centuries are being photographed, documented and archived.

Chronologically, the library’s collection spans from the 3rd millennium BC to the 21st century, encompassing a wide range of formats. Every medium that has ever been used for writing can be found in its collections, including papyrus fragments in many languages. The most famous fragment is the piece of St John’s Gospel (main picture), which is believed to be the earliest example of New Testament writing in existence.” click here to read more…

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