• The Jubilees Palimpsest Project

    Author(s):
    Todd Hanneken (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists
    Subject(s):
    Digital archaeology, Digital humanities, New philology
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Society of Biblical Literature
    Conf. Loc.:
    Boston
    Conf. Date:
    11/20/2017
    Tag(s):
    Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Jubilees, SpectralRTI, Testament of Moses, Texture Imaging
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6BZ4D
    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.
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