Ancient documents digitized

January 4th, 2013 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Document and Information Capture

Many students, history buffs and other individuals enjoy reading about the ancient world. Foreign cultures that no longer exist have captivated many people for a long time, and now, archivists are using conversion services to maintain some of the written documents that have survived since that time.

According to SlashGear, workers at Israel's Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library have been working to make the Dead Sea Scrolls available to remote individuals on an online database. The source said that the project began in September 2011, and has so far resulted in 5,000 fragments becoming accessible.

The news outlet reported that the earliest copies of various books of the Old Testament, including one of the oldest versions of the Book of Deuteronomy, at more than 2,000 years old, can now be viewed online. 

Archivists took pictures of the primary documents and featured them online. This tactic is being taken by many business owners who need to transfer once-tangible records online for safe keeping that can also save storage costs and free up work space. Moreover, this can save hundreds of man hours that would otherwise be spent transcribing each and every document, which could result in mistakes.

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