One of the most exciting and innovative groups in preservation and imaging today, Factum Arte http://www.factum-arte.com/en/inicio), has worked with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on an upcoming exhibit of treasured manuscripts. As part of the project, it was necessary to design and build a new book scanner for these extremely fragile works.
See the press release here:
and about the book scanner here:
“For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”
FYI: The model is build from “3D data from 6 different sensors into one 3D model. 400GB+ of data compressed into a model that will load online.”
Edgar Degas (French, 1834 – 1917 ), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1878-1881, pigmented beeswax, clay, metal armature, rope, paintbrushes, human hair, silk and linen ribbon, cotton faille bodice, cotton and silk tutu, linen slippers, on wooden base, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1999.80.28
Photographing “Little Dancer”
Lee Ewing, National Gallery of Art photographer, explores the challenges of photographing Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. The only sculpture that Degas exhibited during his lifetime,Little Dancer is one of the Gallery’s most important works. So fragile that it is rarely moved, this masterpiece is known for its unique mixed media: pigmented beeswax, a cotton bodice and tutu, linen slippers, and human hair. This video provides an inside look at the process of bringing this most human of artworks to life through photography.
Released: June 07, 2016
- Converts between different document formats that OpenOffice understands
- OpenOffice can export to about 100 different document formats
- Can be used for batch processing
- Combines with asciidoc and docbook2odf/xhtml2odt to create PDF or Word (.doc) files
- Can apply custom style templates during conversion (to enforce corporate identity)
- Autostarts OpenOffice for processing if necessary
- Can be used in a client/server environment to process documents centrally
- Can influence OpenOffice filters during import and export
- Supports OpenOffice on Linux, Windows and MacOSX”
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Harvard Library’s new page-turner accesses DRS-stored images, and technical metadata about the images, via the International Image Interoperability Framework API.
Once you know the IIIF recipe, you can also use the API to quickly find information about images in DRS. [ I wish the API would return the image sampling rate (aka, dpi), but that nugget isn’t part of the IIIF specification. Don’t get me started. ]
You can, however, get the pixel dimensions of images stored in DRS, quick and easy.
Here are two recipes:
- Referencing a DRS image ID
- Referencing a VIA record ID
http://ids.lib.harvard.edu/ids/iiif/via:<VIA record ID>
Is there a collection of historic stereoscopic images (not aerial) of the Harvard campus, at Harvard? I have found a few dozen examples in the Cambridge Historical Society, NYPL, and BPL collections, but not the trove that must exist. VIA, Archives, and other online searches have been minimally fruitful. Any help greatly appreciated!
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius
Photographers used to manipulate and stage their photographs to make them more acceptable as art, now they are told that to do so is forbidden.
Harper’s looks at photojournalism.
Where do you stand on staging, Photoshop, and the existence of truth?
Harvard University has launched a project to digitize almost half a million items from its 17th and 18th century archives – the largest digitizing effort the university has ever undertaken. The letters, journals, documents and drawings tell the story not only of the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning, but also the history of our nation.
Source: Vast digitizing project will put Harvard’s colonial archives online