17.096 image-inhancement

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Jun 18 2003 - 01:49:51 EDT

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 96.
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       [1] From: Virginia Knight <Virginia.Knight@bristol.ac.uk> (14)
             Subject: Re: 17.094 image-enhancement

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (26)
             Subject: image-enhancement

             Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 06:46:56 +0100
             From: Virginia Knight <Virginia.Knight@bristol.ac.uk>
             Subject: Re: 17.094 image-enhancement

    My colleagues at TASI (Technical Advisory Service for Images:
    http://www.tasi.ac.uk) may have some advice, although problems relating
    specifically to manuscripts aren't covered in their online guides AFAIK.
    They may also be interested in hearing about what you learn from your
    experiences! If you search the TASI site on 'manuscripts' you get links to
    case studies of various projects which have digitised manuscripts.

    Virginia Knight
    Virginia Knight, Institute for Learning and Research Technology
    Tel: +44 (0)117 928 7154 Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7112
    University of Bristol, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HH
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             Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 06:47:20 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: image-enhancement

    Tito Orlandi's quotation from the Manoscritti Palinsesti Criptensi
    (Ravenna-Parma 1998) in Humanist 17.94 is very much to the point: "It is
    manifestly impossible to propose one technique universally valid, and
    applicable with similar results to every kind of manuscript". That's
    exactly why I suggested a bit earlier that what we need is a brief manual
    of techniques -- a "tricks-of-the-trade" approach. Although no one
    universal technique would work, surely the common problems, such as
    bleed-through, call for common approaches with tools such as Photoshop's
    --- or Roberto Rosselli Del Turco's (Humanist 17.90). The original image in
    the sequence of transformations shown at
    http://islp.di.unipi.it/bifrost/vbd/interfaccia.html is quite legible, the
    sequence itself shows the kind of operation I have in mind.

    Fotoscientifica re.co.rd. http://www.fotoscientificarecord.com/, cited by
    Orlandi, and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents
    http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/ show what can be done with significant investment
    of resources. But in many circumstances, even ideally, I would think,
    putting the tools and/or instruction in how to use common tools into the
    hands of the individual scholar is what we want to see happen. The
    palaeographer's job can be made easier.

    Citations of other experiments in manuscript image-manipulation would be
    most welcome.


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