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Reblogged from museumsandstuffGoogle Puts The Dead Sea Scrolls Online (in Super High Resolution)
Thanks to Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, you can now fire up your browser and start taking a good, close look at The Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient biblical texts found between 1947 and 1956, right on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Scrolls were originally written between the third and first centuries BCE, and they constitute the oldest known pieces of the Hebrew Bible. Since 1965, they have been on display in Jerusalem. But no matter where you live, you can view five digitized Dead Sea Scrolls, each photographed at a resolution of 1,200 megapixels. That’s roughly 200 times greater than your average camera.
Yes but they also have now placed an unneeded copyright on the scrolls which should be freely available for use and reuse. It goes against the ever-increasing openness of the web to place a copyright on a scan of an historic document; just bad practice. I’m a fan of the Israel Museum because they’ve recently taken on a Wikipedian-in-Residence; quite excited about this (project page). But I was disappointed to see that they carried out this incredible project with Google, of all places, who are notorious for unnecessarily restricting the use of information. You have to forgive me, I’m all “Cathedral and the Bazaar" crazy, neck deep in my research lately (not to mention a Wikipedian in the GLAM community, which makes me inherently bitter about these things.)