May 24, 2022

Large-Scale Digitization Project: IBM, Poland University Digitize Martin Luther, Medieval Texts

From ZDNet:

Wroclaw University Library, based in Warsaw, Poland, is partnering with IBM to digitize 800,000 European manuscripts, books and maps that date back to the Middle Ages.

The project aims to create the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient atlases in Poland. The effort is funded through the European Union’s Regional Development Fund.


The Wroclaw University Library was founded in 1811 and contains the following:

  • Early publications of Martin Luther, Miguel de Cervantes, and William Shakespeare.
  • Statuta synodalia episcoporum Wratislaviensium,” which has everyday prayers printed for the first time in Polish by Kasper Elyan in 1475.
  • “Legenda major de Beata Hedwigi,” published by Konrad Baumgarten in 1504.
  • Once digitized, the texts will be available to anyone on the Internet. To date, the documents were available to few students and scientists.

Direct to Digital Library of Wroclaw University (in English)

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