IBM Big Data Tools Preserve European Heritage

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-08-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland are teaming up on a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of distinctive European manuscripts, books and maps dating back to the Middle Ages and rarely accessible to the public until now. The project, co-founded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. To handle the big data challenge of managing and providing fast search and retrieval services for up to 300 terabytes of information, the project uses a solution consisting of IBM System x servers and storage disk and storage area network (SAN) systems. IBM designed an IT platform based on IBM System x 3550 M3 servers, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Disk Systems and IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express storage systems. The solution helps collect, preserve, store, manage and index all types of digital content, including text, images, audio and video. The IBM System Storage Easy Tier function automatically and non-disruptively manages frequently accessed data, eliminating manual intervention when requesting large volumes of information. This means that readers will be able to quickly open, view, retrieve and explore library documents online.

 
 
 
  • IBM Big Data Tools Preserve European Heritage

    by Darryl K. Taft
    1 - IBM Big Data Tools Preserve European Heritage
  • IBM Helps Preserve and Share Rare Medieval Texts

    A big data management solution consisting of IBM System x servers and IBM storage is being used to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of European historical documents, including medieval manuscripts, at the Wroclaw University Library in Poland. Shown here is "The Great Missal," from the Church of Mary Magdalene in Wroclaw, circa 1470, part of the Wroclaw University Library archives being digitized and made available online for the first time with IBM technology.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    2 - IBM Helps Preserve and Share Rare Medieval Texts
  • IBM Provides Fast Access to 300TB of Rare Texts

    IBM's solution is helping the Wroclaw University Library digitize, manage and provide fast online access to rare manuscripts, books and maps, many dating back to the Middle Ages, with a total capacity of 300 terabytes. Shown here is one of Europe's six surviving copies of this particular medieval illuminated encyclopedia, the Thomas Cantimpratensis "Liber de nature rerum," from the second half of the fifteenth century.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    3 - IBM Provides Fast Access to 300TB of Rare Texts
  • Rare Medieval Texts Available Online for First Time

    The digitization project at the Wroclaw University Library creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. Shown here is a liturgical book used in the Orthodox Church, containing a collection of hymns, printed in 1525.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    4 - Rare Medieval Texts Available Online for First Time
  • Digitizing Rare Archive Provides Global Access via Fast Search

    IBM's technology helps users quickly search for and retrieve such gems as the "Portolan Atlas," shown here, a hand-drawn sailing map printed in Venice by famed cartographer Battista Agnese in 1540, part of the archives at the Wroclaw University Library.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    5 - Digitizing Rare Archive Provides Global Access via Fast Search
  • Rows and Rows of Works Made Digital

    The Wroclaw University Library, founded in 1811, houses unique documents such as medieval manuscripts and old prints, including the works of Martin Luther, Cervantes and Shakespeare, as well as rare maps and liturgical texts. The library is able to digitally preserve 800,000 pages of these rare documents and make them available online for the first time, thanks to IBM's technology.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    6 - Rows and Rows of Works Made Digital
  • Old Books Preserved Like Fine Wine

    Shown are just a few of the rare archival texts dating back to the Middle Ages that the Wroclaw University Library is digitally preserving and making available online.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    7 - Old Books Preserved Like Fine Wine
  • Digitizing Medieval Texts

    Library technicians scan and store rare manuscripts, books and maps—some dating back to the 1400s—at the Wroclaw University Library. The IBM solution for managing this big data project is making these texts and images available online for the first time, creating the largest digital archive of its kind in Poland.
    Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland
    8 - Digitizing Medieval Texts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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