Imaging & Archiving News is a monthly round up of the most interesting and informative articles we have come across in the last month plus a few of our own of course...
1890 in glorious colour: the magic of photochromes
Photochromes are vibrant and nuanced prints hand-coloured from black-and-white negatives. Created using a process pioneered in the 1880s, these images offer a fascinating insight into the world when colour photography was still in its infancy.
The Vatican Digital Library is Now Online. Here’s What You Need to Know
The Vatican Library was established in 1475 and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, and also one of the biggest and most safely guarded. Currently, Vatican Library holds about 75000 codices, 85000 incunabula and about 1.1 million books.
Clarity Matters: UScan+ HD A High Res Look at Image Quality
As a culture, we value high definition (HD) image resolution. An anthropological study has yet to be done on the societal importance of advanced image quality (I think) but the fact remains that HD is now a common feature in several industries worldwide.
The Strange History of Microfilm, Which Will Be With Us for Centuries
Scroll through the many pictures of you, your dumb friends, and your crazy family. Pick a photo—it can be any photo, really—and blow it up so it fills the whole screen. Now, tell me, how would you recreate this experience using physical devices alone.
Is it the end of an era for photocopiers in libraries?
As easy-to-use self-service scanners become commonplace in libraries across the country, the debate over the future of photocopiers is changing. Once, digital scanners were seen as a convenient supplemental service, while the multi-function copy machine was the temperamental workhorse of the library.
Metis: From the moon to leading the digital wood decor revolution
Massimo Colagrande, his brother Lorenzo and sister Silvia are Metis owners and at the Decorative Surfaces Conference in Leipzig Massimo presented their revolutionary scanning technology for industrial digital decoration.
Archiving the Internet: How Historians Can Help #SaveTheWeb
Imagine you’re a historian of the 21st century living and working in the 23rd century. You have an archive containing millions of documents related to an event (say, the Arab Spring), but you cannot read them—all you see is a number. It’s the ID number of a tweet, but only the number was saved, and the code no longer exists to display the content.
Go behind the scenes to uncover the secrets hidden within The National Archives
We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes. Discover how we keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in our collections.