ERIC Number: ED459850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Digital Atheneum: New Approaches for Preserving, Restoring and Analyzing Damaged Manuscripts.
Brown, Michael S.; Seales, W. Brent
There are now major efforts being undertaken throughout the world to digitize and preserve significant materials. Digital acquisition, which is the conversion of physical materials into a digital format, allows the possibility of efficient dissemination, and serves as a means of preservation. This paper presents research focused on developing new techniques and algorithms for the digital acquisition, restoration, and study of damaged manuscripts. It presents results from an acquisition effort in partnership with the British Library, funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) DLI-2 (Digital Library Initiative Phase Two) program, designed to capture 3-D models of old and damaged manuscripts. It is shown how these 3-D facsimiles can be analyzed and manipulated in ways that are tedious or even impossible if confined to the physical manuscript. In particular, the paper presents results from a restoration framework developed for "flattening" the 3-D representation of badly warped manuscripts. (Contains 17 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Archives, Cooperative Programs, Electronic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Library Acquisition, Manuscripts, Preservation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.