Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rare Chinese book to be digitized

Harvard College Library and the National Library of China have agreed to digitize one of the largest collections of rare Chinese books - 51,000 volumes rare Chinese books at Harvard Yenching Library. It was a “multimillion-dollar’’ project and that the Chinese government is paying most expenses. Harvard staff will be responsible for capturing images of the fragile books, scrolls, and artifacts, one of the largest collections outside Asia, using high-tech cameras in its state-of-the-art lab at Widener Library. Once completed, these images dating as far back as the Song dynasty in 960 AD, will be publicly available for free on the Web to scholars in China and elsewhere. Read the Story from Boston Globe

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