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Digital restoration using volumetric scanning

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2 Author(s)
Seales, W.B. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Kentucky Univ., Lexington, KY, USA ; Yun Lin

We present a new, nondestructive method for revealing inaccessible text buried within damaged books and scrolls. The method is based on volumetric scanning followed by data modeling and physically-based simulation. We show by experiment that it is possible to recover readable text from objects without physically opening or damaging them. In handling damaged collections, conservators often face a choice between two frustrating alternatives: indefinite preservation without analysis, or irreversible physical harm for the sake of potential discovery. We believe that this work creates a new opportunity that embraces both the need to preserve and the possibility for complete analysis.

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Digital Libraries, 2004. Proceedings of the 2004 Joint ACM/IEEE Conference on

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7-11 June 2004

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