Ninth century library goes digital to strech wider audience

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RABAT A ninth century library in Morocco, widely believed to be a oldest in a world, is going digital to make a ancient treasures accessible to a wider audience.

The al-Qarawiyyin library in a former Moroccan capital, Fez, is home to some of a rarest and many singular manuscripts in a world, with entrance singular to only a curator in some special cases.

However, a library commissioned a new laboratory this year to manage a insurance and digitalizing of a 4,000 manuscripts on site in and with a Institute of Computational Linguistics in Italy.

“The categorical aim is to yield means and collection both in terms of hardware and program to digitalize this informative birthright and to make them accessible in an open approach to a universe during large,” pronounced Vito Pirelli of a Italian institute.

Around 20 percent of a manuscripts have been scanned so distant with machine that is also means to brand holes in a ancient rolls that need repairing.

The digital plan is partial of a vast building refurbishment of a library, that is approaching to free to a open in early 2017.

(Reporting by Hassan Alaoui; Editing by Patrick Johnston and Alison Williams)

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