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Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
William Noel (Project Director, 07/22/2011 - 03/25/2013); Robert Mintz (Project Director, 03/26/2013 - present)
PW-51019-12
Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts

To support: Enhanced cataloging, digitization, and creation of online access to 112 Flemish manuscripts (45,000 pages of text and over 3,000 pages of illumination) from northeastern France and Belgium from the 13th to the 16th centuries.

"Imaging the Hours," a three year project to preserve and make available cataloged digital surrogates of 112 manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum's world-famous collection. Approximately 45,000 pages of ancient text and over 3,000 pages of superb medieval illuminated images from Northeastern France and Belgium will be digitally captured and documented.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $265,000 (approved); $265,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 9/30/2015

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
William Noel (Project Director, 07/17/2009 - 09/20/2012); Robert Mintz (Project Director, 09/21/2012 - present)
PW-50518-10
Parchment to Pixel: Creating a Digital Resource of Medieval Manuscripts

To support: Cataloging and digitizing 105 medieval illuminated manuscripts dating mostly from the 9th to the 16th centuries that derive from diverse Christian cultures. Images and catalog data would be freely accessible via the museum's Web site and a portal maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

Parchment to Pixel, a two-and-a-half-year project to preserve and make available cataloged digital surrogates of 105 manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum's world-famous collection. Armenian, Byzantine, Ethiopian, Dutch, English, and Central European manuscripts -- representing diverse Christian cultures -- will be digitally captured and documented, amounting to approximately 38,650 pages of ancient text and 3,500 medieval images of the highest quality.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $315,000 (approved); $315,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 6/1/2010 – 6/30/2013

Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
William Noel (Project Director, 07/18/2007 - present)
PW-50086-08
Creating a Digital Resource of Islamic Manuscripts

To support: Cataloging and digitizing 236 Islamic illuminated manuscripts, which contain 53,000 folios that date from the 9th to the 19th centuries. Images and catalog data would be freely accessible via the museum's Web site and available through a portal maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

Islamic Manuscripts of the Walters Art Museum: A Digital Resource will turn the illuminated and illustrated Islamic manuscripts of the museum, which are currently inaccessible to all but a tiny minority, into the Islamic Digital Resource (IDR), aiding in their preservation, and making them accessible. WAM?s collection of 236 medieval Islamic manuscripts remains underused both by the public and by scholars in the field, at least in part because the codices have never been catalogued. Current technology now allows for the possibility of cataloguing these books, generating digital images of the bindings of these manuscripts, and the 53,000 folios contained within them, and combining this information to create searchable digital surrogates. Through IDR we expect to open these closed books to all, and to provide different audiences with the information and the interfaces that they will need to mine this invaluable resource.

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Project fields: Art History and Criticism
Program: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $307,500 (approved); $307,500 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2008 – 6/30/2011

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