The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Digital Luther

The Reformation meets the Information Age

Not everyone can make the journey to Wittenberg, of course — and visitors must look and soon leave. Even those who do make the pilgrimage see only the 5 percent of Lutherhalle's collection of 50,000 pieces that are on display.

Here's the good news for cyberspace travelers: To increase the collection's accessibility and address the natural aging process that places valuable pieces at risk, the museum and IBM joined in an ambitious project to produce electronic images of the museum's holdings. Several years ago IBM wanted to digitize several of the museum's pieces to demonstrate new technology at an electronics fair in Hannover. The response was favorable, and the Digital Luther project was born.

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