Israel: Google is digitizing the Dead Sea manuscripts

Source: FSSPX News

The online search engine, Google, has digitized the Dead Sea manuscripts, the New York Times reported on November 20, 2011.  Within three days, one million Internet surfers visited the museum site dedicated to the famous scrolls from Qumram, whereas since the reopening of Israel’s museum in Jerusalem, after a renovation, it had taken a full year to reach the one-million-visitor mark.

Digitized courtesy of the Google Cultural Institute, the manuscripts drew curious viewers from 210 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.  “We are developing services and tools to help people to bring, preserve and promote culture online, or to create it directly online,” Steve Crossan, director of the Institute, declared to the New York Times.  I

Based in Paris, Google Cultural Institute has the objective of making accessible to every Internet user documents from museums, archives, universities and collections throughout the world.  The famous American business has already digitized the photos and documents of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, and some works of art from the National Gallery in London, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  Soon the web giant is supposed to tackle the Palace of Versailles in France and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.

The digital version of the Dead Sea scrolls is available at the following website:  http://dss.collections.imj.org.il  (Sources : Apic/New-York Times – DICI no. 246 dated December 9, 2011)