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The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > News Archive > A Digital Preservation Summer

September 8, 2010 -- Collections at the Library of Congress consist not only of material objects but also of digital files. In some cases, material objects are scanned, which creates a digital copy.

Waldseemuller map

The Waldseemuller 1507 world map

The Waldseemuller Map is not only preserved in a special case to slow its aging, it has been scanned and its digital copy is online for anyone to access and explore.  The Library has also created advanced multispectral images that are crucial for fully understanding the physical map and for monitoring its conservation. 

The latest video in the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Video Series compares preservation of the Waldseemuller Map with preservation of its digital copies.