Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

cover-smallInterdisciplinary case studies in applications of spatial and spectral recording techniques to material cultural heritage

Edited by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel and Lindsay MacDonald

ARC Humanities Press series Collection Development, Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities, 2017

The book published by ARC Humanities, and this companion blog, present interdisciplinary approaches to the examination and documentation of material cultural heritage, using non-invasive spatial and spectral optical technologies. The book is an outcome of international collaborative research undertaken between 2012–2016 by participants of the Transdomain Action (TD1201), Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH), funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

The contributors represent a wide range of disciplines involved in the study, documentation and conservation of material cultural heritage. The presentation of interdisciplinary methods of documentation and analysis may serve as guides to best practice. A variety of cultural heritage objects has been recorded, examined and visualised. They range in date, scale, materials and state of preservation. They pose different research questions and challenges for digitisation, conservation and ontological representation of knowledge. Heritage science and specialist digital technologies are presented in a way approachable to non-scientists, while separate technical records provide details of some thirty techniques, alongside examples of notable applications of spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage, with selected literature and identification of future research.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of the editors or publisher. The authors stated the originality of their contributions and permission granted, where applicable, to reuse earlier publications and third-party material under copyright. Technical specification of select software and hardware is in some cases given in accordance to the manufacturer’s publicity. References to commercial information should be treated with due judgement.

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