14.0768 digitisation of mss?

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                   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" <fotis.jannidis@lrz.uni-muenchen.de>
             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
    both ways?

    - 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
    special equipment?

    - 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,

    Fotis Jannidis

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