Friday, June 22, 2007

Digital Da Vinci Codes: Thousands of Leonardo's Papers Go Online

The tiny brick library in Leonardo Da Vinci's hometown is putting 3,000 pages of the genius' work online in a high-resolution, searchable archive.

The Leonardian Library in Vinci, Tuscany, is making the Madrid Codices and the Codex Atlanticus -- two collections of scientific and technical drawings -- available as a free digital archive called e-Leo.

The EU-financed project will also digitize the Windsor folios and 12 notebooks from the Institut de France for a total of 12,000 pages, creating the most extensive public online archive of Leonardo's codes.

It's a powerful resource for amateurs --- Renaissance groupies, crowdsourcers looking for technical solutions -- who make half of all requests to the library in the hamlet where Leonardo was born.

This from Wired.

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