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1st Edition

Digital Heritage

Edited By

Lindsay MacDonald

ISBN 9780750661836
Published May 5, 2006 by Routledge
608 Pages

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Book Description

In the fields of documentation and conservation of cultural heritage assets, there is a constant need for higher quality records and better analytical tools for extracting information about the condition of artefacts. Digital photography and digital image processing provide these capabilities, and recent technological advances in both fields promise new levels of performance for the capture and understanding of colour images. This inter-disciplinary book covers the imaging of decorated surfaces in historical buildings and the digitisation of documents, paintings and objects in museums and galleries, and shows how user requirements can be met by application of powerful digital imaging techniques. Numerous case studies illustrate the methods.

Table of Contents

Digitising documents for public access
Digitising rare books & manuscripts
Digitisation programmes in the V&A
Digital access to a photographic collection
Digitisation in the commercial art world
User requirements for the metric survey
Principles & evolution of digital cameras
High resolution imaging in the near infrared
Image resizing-the limits of image processing
Image databases & access
Colour management in heritage photography
Image compression & JPEG2000
Assessing image quality
Imaging historical architectural sites for conservation
Imaging of stained glass windows
Making online monuments more accessible through interface design
Visualisation of panoramic images over the internet
Three-dimensional virtual restoration of polychrome sculpture
Digital imaging for easel paintings
Research policy & directions

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