Title:The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls—Working on a Google Cloud
Authors:Susan Hazan
Publication:MW2012: Museums and the Web 2012

The Israel Museum has recently launched the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online.

This presentation will go behind the scenes to describe the Google and Museum partnership, and the  the international resonance of the project that followed.