In a joint venture with Google, the Israel Antiquities Authority launched the Leon Levy Online Library, a free online digitized virtual library featuring the Dead Sea Scrolls. The launch comes some 11 years after the completion of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, initiated by the IAA, and 65 years after the first scrolls were unearthed in the Caves of Qumran.
The library contains more than 5,000 scans of sections of the scrolls, exhibited in optimal resolution; the library also contains the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible. For the first time, anyone can have full access to these scrolls, which were, until now, almost inaccessible. The documentation process took two years and included the usage of advanced software initially developed for NASA’s use. See them at deadseascrolls.org.il.