a passel of manuscripts locked away in Copenhagen with 4 researchers on the translating job?
how about, have those four researchers photograph each manuscript, put them up on a website, and crowd-source translations.
Knowledge shouldn’t be locked away in some dusty university or museum basement like a personal treasure. Get it out there.
Yeah, sure, why not -- 4 PhD candidates should just forget about accomplishing the things they need to accomplish to earn their PhDs, and waste a bunch of time (and money, ultimately) to put an entire archive -- which you'll have noticed isn't in complete pages, but fragments, which have to be put together like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing -- online, where nothing would happen for years, no one would be able to figure it out because its so specialized, and maybe they could get jobs working at a florist shop.
I doubt the professors and grad students would like the idea of putting themselves out of jobs. In the "publish or perish" world of academia, having exclusive access to material that would result in a publishable paper, is like having your own gold mine. Look at the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls
There's no grant money in that, and there's nothing that academic types love more than grant money, so it ain't gonna happen.