Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 323.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 06:21:22 +0100
Subject: Re: 17.313 scanning specifications?
Your very specific question raises a more general one regarding the
_purpose_ of an image archive. It reminded me of a lecture given by
Prof Manfred Thaller at Queen Mary (University of London) some time ago,
in the mid 1990's. In it, he showed us two slides, apparently identical,
of a victim of the holocaust. He then said that one was a contemporary
photograph (yes, the Nazis actually photographed people before murdering
them!) and the other was a digitized image of it. He went on to say that
if you wanted to know what the person looked like, either image would
do. However, with the original, he could zoom in on to a button of the
uniform and see the manufacturer's name stamped on it, while the detail
was completely lost in the second image. If you needed the picture as
evidence for a prosecution of the uniform manufacturer on war crime
charges, only the original would do. An extreme example...
----- Original Message -----
I am involved in writing a research grant at the moment. The project
involves digitising various photographic images and other artefacts for
development of an archive. Could those with interests in this area be
to let me know:
a) minimum scan specifications (resolutions, etc) that you would
b) preferred hardware?
While potentially funded this is a project at the 'domestic' end of the
computing humanities paradigm and so we are not looking for equipment
will be needed to digitise an existing archive. Primary delivery will be
only via computer screen.
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