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How to Create High Quality Scans Without Extra Equipment 如何簡單自製高清掃描

Everyone likes high resolution images: researchers look at details in painting to spot repairs and pentimenti. Media creators need high resolution images for print media. And certainly there are scores of laypeople who enjoy getting lost in the details of a painting. Making high quality images available online can be a good way for archives to stand out and attract new users. (more…)

By On Ki, ago
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IIIF part 1: What is it and what can it do for me? 國際圖像互操作架構第一部份: 基本介紹

IIIF stands for International Image Interoperability Framework and is a standard to deliver images over the web and has existed since 2011. Normally, a website operator embeds an image in a website, which is then downloaded and displayed for visitors in their browsers. The vast majority of images that can be seen on the web is delivered from web servers to users in this fashion. Simple. IIIF is a more involved way to deliver images. On the server side, it requires not only a web server, but an image server. On the user side, it not only requires a browser, but an IIIF viewer. So, why would anyone go through the hassle of inventing this standard, inventing image servers, and inventing IIIF viewers? (more…)

By On Ki, ago
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Visit to the London Natural History Museum 參觀倫敦自然歷史博物館

The London Natural History Museum faces—like many other museums in London—the pleasant problem of holding so many important objects that they cannot all be on display at the same time. The public is invited to visit the museum archives so as long as they can demonstrate their research interest to the museum. We recently visited the archive to look at slabs of two species of saurus, but for us the thrill of the visit began a long time before the actual visit. (more…)

By On Ki, ago
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Mudlarking along the Thames River in London 沿泰晤士河拾文物

The Thames has always been a signature landmark in London. If you have been to London, most likely you have walked past it; but you may not have thought that you can also undertake a special kind of archaeological activity at its foreshore. The river itself has without doubt been a dumping point for rubbish for thousands of years, but it is also a melting pot containing interesting artefacts—e.g. clay tobacco pipes (popular from the 16th century onwards) [1], pottery sherds, ancient combs, ancient keys leather shoes [2], you name it! (more…)

By On Ki, ago
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Visit to the UCL Mineral Collection 參觀倫敦大學礦物藏品

Usually mineral collections held by museums are not exactly crowd pullers. That can be seen on weekends, when the main halls of London’s Natural History Museum are crammed while their mineral collections are practically deserted. The lucky ones among us studying geology not only enjoy the freedom of roaming around those collections all by themselves, they are also reported to be the happiest among all universities students [1] as well as enjoying the highest salaries among all graduates [2]. (more…)

By On Ki, ago