Israel Antiquities Authority brings Mandate Palestine into the digital era
The first stage of digitizing the authority's archives has been completed: More than 36,000 documents have been scanned and made accessible to the public.
For quite some time, the Antiquities Authority faced a daunting task. How would they scan thousands of documents on different kinds of fragile paper and make them accessible to the public? How should they handle documents in poor physical condition – letters typed on fragile paper, old yellowing maps – that are liable to crumble if they are scanned industrially?