Digital Imaging and Infrastructure for Cultural Heritage Collections at Yale

August 16, 2013

Digital imaging and improved content platforms for dissemination have the potential to liberate information about museum collections from the constraints of traditional documentation and systems. The interpretive evidence around museum collections for teaching and research is significantly enhanced by the creation of 3D computer models and other visualizations and simulations based on computational imaging methods.

Collaboration among Yale museums and libraries, Computing and the Arts, and the Yale Digital Collections Center, is leading to the development of capacity around the use of newer technologies to document and analyze Yale’s collections of art and artifacts in support of teaching and research. This capacity includes expertise in computational sciences and digital cultural heritage, a new imaging lab dedicated to cultural objects, and a shared digital content infrastructure.

YDC2 will host an Imaging Forum on August 23rd at 10:30 am to share information on recent developments and discuss how they might be used to further curatorial research goals. Talks will include a review of computational imaging techniques including multi-spectral imaging (MSI), reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), and 3D imaging. There will be a demonstration of new image viewing tool for the Digitally Enabled Scholarship with Medieval Manuscripts project. A tour with representatives from all of the museums and Computing and the Arts will demonstrate these technologies in action. The afternoon includes a lunchtime talk on understanding the process and application of 3D imaging.

Open to the Yale community only. There are a limited number of seats available.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP now to Kathy Maslar (