EMC Corporation’s landmark project with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Beirut – the first of its kind in the Middle East – is once again demonstrating the agility and effectiveness of the products and services it renders to institutions seeking to digitally transform their operations.
USEK is the leading private Catholic higher education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) in 1938. With a mission dedicated to “the preservation and promotion of the Maronite cultural heritage and the creation of a community spirit”, the library at USEK is considered amongst the oldest in the region.
Since 2004, the Main Library at USEK has been tasked with the massive responsibility to conserve the written heritage of Lebanon and the wider region. Today it holds 10,000 of the rarest and most valuable documents in existence, including the first edition of the New Testament in the ancient language of Syriac, edited and printed in Vienna in 1555; newspapers dating back to the 1920s, baptism records and property deeds.
EMC’s sponsorship forms part of its ‘EMC Information Heritage’, which works to protect and preserve the world’s information for future generations, by making it globally accessible in digital form for research and education purposes.
USEK selected EMC Isilon® scale-out NAS; EMC VNX® unified storage ; EMC Data Domain® and EMC NetWorker® to create a secure, reliable environment to digitize, store and protect over 4,000 valuable manuscripts in the first phase of the project.
The corporation has already shown itself adept at projects where significant documents in large volumes need to be preserved digitally. Past EMC Information Heritage initiatives include:
- Helping the Vatican Apostolic Library digitize its catalogue of 80,000 historic manuscripts and 8,900 incunabula;
- Supporting the JFK Library in the process of digitizing and archiving its entire collection;
- Creating a high-resolution 3D digital reconstruction of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Codex of Flight’;
- Supporting the Herzogin Anna Amalia Library (Weimar, Germany), home to a unique collection of Faust first editions; and
- Sponsoring the Vatican’s Lux in Arcana exhibition in 2012, which brought into the public domain for the first time in 400 years, 100 original historical documents from the Vatican Secret Archive.
EMC is proud to join forces with USEK in this strategic, national endeavor to preserve and protect some of the oldest and most valuable manuscripts known to this region. It is now our responsibility to ensure that these documents remain eternal and accessible for the entire world to see and learn from.
This project represents EMC’s first Information Heritage Project in the Middle East and we take great pride in being part of an initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between the history and future of this region, protecting our identity and legacy for generations to come.