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Stanford University to preserve Walters Art Museum's digital manuscript collection

The Walters Art Museum, a trail-blazer in digitizing its collection and making it available online, has reached an agreement with Stanford University Libraries to give more than 100,000 high-res images of medieval manuscripts what is being called "a second home" in the Stanford Digital Repository.

There, the images will receive "long-term protection against file loss or corruption," according to a statement released Thursday by Stanford. Also provided in the arrangement will be "digital handling tools that allow scholars to analyze the manuscripts and compare them with manuscripts elsewhere."

Transcription and side-by-side viewing apps are among the features being offered.

The original manuscripts remain at the Walters Museum.

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