October 27, 2016
by Emma Cockburn
1 to 2.30pm, Monday 14 November 2016
6th Floor Research Suite, Centre for Research Collections, Main Library
We have an exciting opportunity to hear directly from the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project who are visiting Edinburgh to share insights into this international digital humanities collaboration to apply advanced imaging technology to the study of the manuscript of Victorian Explorer David Livingstone.This talk would be of interest to nineteenth-century scholars in literature, history, divinity, history of science, anthropology; librarians and archivists; history of the book scholars; postcolonial scholars; digital humanists; and anyone interested in using digital technologies to address historical or cultural questions.
Previously featured in a National Geographic documentary, the project has now concluded its second phase of research (2013-16) and members of the team including scholars and scientists will present on the results. The first phase (2010-13) confirmed that spectral imaging could be applied to recover faded, illegible text in some of David Livingstone’s most damaged texts. In the new phase, the team takes the technology in a new direction: to study the material history of Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary in order to understand its passage across space, time, and different hands. This talk will discuss the image processing techniques applied to the diary, how those techniques have helped recovered the lost material history of the diary, and the implications of this work for digital archives more broadly.
The presentation will include an exploration of the primary interventions the project is making into the digital humanities and postcolonial studies; an overview of the multispectral image processes used to examine three main research areas: inks, staining, and folds and impressions; and a Q&A session with some key members of the project team.
The international team:
Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a faculty fellow of the university’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. His research focuses on the digital humanities, Victorian studies, and African studies. He directs Livingstone Online and the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, and the Modern Humanities Research Association.
Dr. Megan Ward is an assistant professor of English at Oregon State University and Associate Director of Livingstone Online. She specializes in digital archives, material histories, technology studies, and Victorian realism, and is completing a book project titled Human Reproductions: Victorian Realist Character and Artificial Intelligence. She co-directs both Livingstone Online and the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project.
Dr. Roger Easton has been on the faculty of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science of the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1986, where he teaches courses in imaging mathematics and optics. Since the mid 1990s, his research interests have focused on imaging tools for historical objects, primarily manuscripts. He was head of the imaging team for the Archimedes Palimpsest project and been a member of the teams for the David Livingstone Diaries, the Martellus World Map, and the palimpsests at St. Catherine’s Monastery.
Dr. Keith Knox is an imaging scientist with the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL). He has 40 years experience in conducting research in scanning, printing and astronomical image processing. Keith retired in 2015 to focus his efforts on the imaging and recovery of cultural heritage information from historical documents and artifacts.
Register for this free event here.
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