Project Type IQP Submission date 2011-12-20 Authors Lorey Michelle Aragon, IE Jeremy Scott Brown, jeremybrown@WPI.EDU, BE Gabriela C Nunez, gabrielacnunez@WPI.EDU, EVS Julie Anne Wade, julieannewade@WPI.EDU, MA URN E-project-122011-171038 Division Historic and Artistic Preservation Technology Center VENICE / Venice Projects Program Title Digitizing the Archives of the Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice Advisors Bianchi, Frederick W., HU Carrera, Fabio Availability unrestricted
The overall aim of this project was to design a digitization process that would efficiently extract all the useful and important information about restoration records contained in the paper archive of the Private Committees. The team selected a representative sample of 5% of the paper records to develop a final method for the extraction and digitization of relevant information from the archive. The test that was conducted allowed the team to estimate the extent of the archive in 47,000 pages, which would take two years to digitize for a total cost of 95,000 Euros. By extracting pieces of information from the scanned documents, the team demonstrated that the resulting system facilitates detailed analyses that reveal trends that were previously hidden in the paper archive.
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