[fitsbits] The Vatican adopts FITS
seaman at noao.edu
Wed Apr 28 17:34:39 EDT 2010
This story is absolutely delightful! It has even made it to slashdot.
The Vatican Newsletter mentions a "technical feasibility study". Does
anybody have a copy of this study? Were any of our august members
involved in the evaluation? Do we know how they are planning to
handle color? Or compression?
Yipes! A successful project with the Vatican archives is likely to
influence other such projects worldwide. The FITS community is poised
to become very much larger in scope.
> Here is an interesting announcement from the Vatican about their plans
> to create a digital archive of manuscripts in the Vatican Library in
> FITS format. It's a 10 year project that will eventually contain 40
> million manuscript pages and will total 45 petabytes in size.
> A couple blog entries are here:
> And an Italian newspaper article is here:
> (babel fish gives a fairly coherent translation to English)
> They chose to use the FITS format over alternatives like tiff, pdf or
> Jpg 2000 because it is a simple, free, open-source, well-documented
> archival format that should survive technical evolutions and still be
> readable well into the future.
> Bill Pence
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