Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 768.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 16:05:34 +0000
From: "Fotis Jannidis" <email@example.com>
Subject: digitisation of manuscripts
A German archive thinks about the digitisation of a collection of
manuscripts. The resulting images should be in color and have a
resolution, that allows high quality printing in DIN A3 format (ca.
42h x 30w cm).
I am looking for input on the following questions:
- Outsourcing vs. inhouse. Has anybody made experiences with
- Should they use a scanner or a digital camera? Can you
recommend manufactures or products? Can they use off-the-
shelves products, if the resolution is high enough, or do they need
- Are there any special scanners for sensitive materials like old
manuscripts? Do you have any experience with the effect of normal
scanners on older materials?
- The manuscripts are partly written with pencil. Does anybody
have recommendations for image enhancement techniques to
make the text better readable?
- Are there any up-to-date guidelines on the digitisation of
manuscripts, i.e. the creation of digital images? (Creating a digital
text will probably happen, but is not part of this project). I have
already found references to the book Moving Theory Into
Practice by Anne R. Kenney and Oya Y. Rieger and I am
quite impressed by the Guides to Quality in Visual
Resource Imaging (http://www.rlg.org/visguides/)
Thanks in advance for any help,
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