Digitising the past…
Terrific post on Boing Boing looking at how The Library of Congress is digitising historic documents:
Among the finds: tracings of an earlier document on a Marco Polo map that dates to 1480. Lost text, revealing the cartographer, on 1516’s Carta Marina. James Madison’s debate papers, it turns out, contain hidden revisions.
“If it’s fragile, even researchers have trouble with it,” France said.”I want to make it acessible.”