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The Jubilees Palimpsest Project: Spectral RTI Technology for the Recovery of Erased Manuscripts from Antiquity
Todd Hanneken, St. Mary's University of San Antonio

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=HK-250616-16

Spectral RTI Toolkit (Computer Program)
Title: Spectral RTI Toolkit
Author: Jubilees Palimpsest Project
Abstract: Toolkit for processing narrowband and hemisphere captures into Spectral RTI images
Year: 2016
Primary URL: https://github.com/thanneken/SpectralRTI_Toolkit
Primary URL Description: GitHub repository
Access Model: Open
Programming Language/Platform: ImageJ Macro / Java
Source Available?: Yes

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project (Web Resources)
Title: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Abstract: The website of the Jubilees Palimpsest Project, including International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) repository
Year: 2016
Primary URL: http://jubilees.stmarytx.edu/

Ambrosiana Archive (Web Resources)
Title: Ambrosiana Archive
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Abstract: Raw data captured at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Year: 2017
Primary URL: http://palimpsest.stmarytx.edu/AmbrosianaArchive/

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Abstract: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project is working to advance technologies for the recovery of text from illegible manuscripts through the phases of capture, processing, access, and scholarly collaboration. The project takes its name from the only copy of Latin Jubilees, which is joined by the only copies anywhere of the Testament of Moses and an Arian commentary on the Gospel of Luke. After the successful imaging of these erased texts in January of 2017, the scope of objects of interest broadened to other significant palimpsests at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, such as Origen's Hexapla and a fourth-century translation of biblical books into Gothic. A long-term plan to systematically digitize illegible manuscripts is underway. A major advance in capture and processing technology created by the project is Spectral RTI, which combines the advantages of spectral imaging in color processing with the advantages of RTI in texture and interactivity. The addition of texture imaging can aid the recovery of text-for example if now-missing ink left an outline of corrosion on the surface of the parchment-and much more information about scribal practices from the creation and use of the manuscript. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project is working to make the images and tools accessible to a wide range of scholars. Everything is free for non-commercial use and compliant with standards for discovery and access, such as the International Image Interoperability Framework. Free training will be available for scholars learning to utilize the image repository and for digitization projects learning to implement Spectral RTI.
Date: 11/20/2017
Primary URL: http://jubilees.stmarytx.edu/thanneken/2017/Hanneken(2017)SBL-20171120.pdf
Primary URL Description: Slides
Conference Name: Society of Biblical Literature

Scholars and Scientists Working Together to Recover Erased Text (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Scholars and Scientists Working Together to Recover Erased Text
Author: Keith T. Knox
Abstract: The recovery of erased text on parchment by multispectral imaging is a relatively new field. New methods of text recovery are being developed every time another manuscript is imaged. To successfully recovery erased text requires a close partnership between the scholars that want to read the manuscript and the scientists that do the imaging. It is only through a close coordination of their efforts that the scholar can read the images that the scientist has produced, and the scientist understands what the text looks like that the scholar wants to read. This was never more evident than in the recent imaging and analysis of the Petermann II Nachtrag 24 palimpsest at the Staatsbibliotek zu Berlin. Examples from this effort will be used to illustrate a successful scholarly-scientific cooperation.
Date: 11/20/2018
Primary URL: https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_Abstracts.aspx?MeetingId=31
Primary URL Description: Society of Biblical Literature Abstracts
Conference Name: Society of Biblical Literature

Spectral Image Processing Methods for Recovering Damaged Text (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Spectral Image Processing Methods for Recovering Damaged Text
Author: Roger L. Easton
Abstract: Spectral imaging is the term used for collecting sets of images of objects under different wavelengths of light. Its value for the task of recovering erased, overwritten, or otherwise damaged historical texts is now well established, but new methods for processing the imagery are being developed continuously. This talk will outline the basic principles of spectral image processing, describe the methods that have been applied and demonstrate results that have been obtained for different types of historical documents, including palimpsests and maps.
Date: 11/20/2017
Primary URL: https://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_Abstracts.aspx?MeetingId=31
Primary URL Description: Society of Biblical Literature Abstracts
Conference Name: Society of Biblical Literature

Texture Imaging from Capture to Access (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Texture Imaging from Capture to Access
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Abstract: Current and potential technologies for capture and visualization of texture in cultural heritage objects.
Date: 6/20/2017
Primary URL: http://jubilees.stmarytx.edu/thanneken/2017/Hanneken(2017)TextureImagingCaptureAccess.pdf
Primary URL Description: Slides
Conference Name: Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education (R-CHIVE)

Overview of Imaging Modalities (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Overview of Imaging Modalities
Author: Roger L. Easton
Abstract: Techniques for imaging cultural heritage objects
Date: 6/19/2017
Conference Name: Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education (R-CHIVE)

Measuring and Correcting Image Distortions (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Measuring and Correcting Image Distortions
Author: Keith T. Knox
Abstract: Improving registration accuracy in spectral imaging systems with filters
Date: 6/19/2017
Conference Name: Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education (R-CHIVE)

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project
Abstract: Two-hour introduction to the Jubilees Palimpsest Project
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Date: 9/9/2017
Location: St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX
Primary URL: http://palimpsest.stmarytx.edu/thanneken/2017/StudentResearchInfoSession-Slides.pdf
Primary URL Description: Slides

The Jubilees Palimpsest Project: Digital Archaeology Tools for Discovery and Access to Previously Illegible Manuscripts (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project: Digital Archaeology Tools for Discovery and Access to Previously Illegible Manuscripts
Abstract: The Jubilees Palimpsest Project is working to advance technologies for the recovery of text from illegible manuscripts through the phases of capture, processing, access, and scholarly collaboration. The project takes its name from the only copy of Latin Jubilees, which is joined by the only copies anywhere of the Testament of Moses and an Arian commentary on the Gospel of Luke. After the successful imaging of these erased texts in January of 2017, the scope of objects of interest broadened to other significant palimpsests at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, such as Origen’s Hexapla and a fourth-century translation of biblical books into Gothic. A long-term plan to systematically digitize illegible manuscripts is underway. A major advance in capture and processing technology created by the project is Spectral RTI, which combines the advantages of spectral imaging in color processing with the advantages of RTI in texture and interactivity. The addition of texture imaging can aid the recovery of text—for example if now-missing ink left an outline of corrosion on the surface of the parchment—and much more information about scribal practices from the creation and use of the manuscript.
Author: Todd R. Hanneken
Date: 11/9/2017
Location: University of Texas, Austin, TX
Primary URL: http://jubilees.stmarytx.edu/thanneken/2017/20171109-UTAustin.pdf
Primary URL Description: Slides


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