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Volume: 4 | Article ID: art00041
Management of Digital Archives for Integrated Web Access to Scientific and Cultural Information
  DOI :  10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2007.4.1.art00041  Published OnlineJanuary 2007

Digital imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest poses a complex set of data archiving challenges. The thousand-year-old manuscript contains the earliest known copies of some of Archimedes unique mathematical works, overwritten with a book of prayer. Integrating the ancient Greek transcriptions of Archimedes' mathematical texts with digital images, and hosting them on the Web or in digital media for a broad set of global users offers a complex set of digital information storage and sharing challenges. Given the fragility of the manuscript, the product of this effort must be available as a digital repository over the next millennium for further research and study. Unique to document imaging efforts is the requirement for spatial metadata to allow linkages across content types to specific images and locations within the Palimpsest images. This is necessary not only to register locations on the same section of a manuscript leaf in various spectral bands, but also to link to the original images the various x-ray fluorescence images, conservation drawings, image data and transcriptions. Key issues also addressed in the metadata include rights and intellectual property management to ensure this information from a privately funded imaging effort is broadly available in the public domain. Linkage of Archimedes Palimpsest information from various content types is the ultimate goal of the program. Just as geospatial data can be linked to images from earth resource satellites, the Archimedes Palimpsest team is linking a range of “scriptospatial data” with images from a range of imaging devices. With standardized metadata, data points in these images can be linked to information derived from the images, including conservation, scientific and scholarly information, in a useful digital image archive.

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Michael B. Toth, "Management of Digital Archives for Integrated Web Access to Scientific and Cultural Informationin Proc. IS&T Archiving 2007,  2007,  pp 175 - 178,

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