Digital archiving of manuscripts and other heritage items for conservation and information retrieval

UNSPECIFIED Digital archiving of manuscripts and other heritage items for conservation and information retrieval., 2004 [Conference proceedings]


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Expression of cultural heritage looking from the informatics angle falls into text, images, video and sound categories. ICT can be used to conserve all these heritage items like; the text information consisting of palm leaf manuscripts, stone tablets, handwritten paper documents, old printed records, books, microfilms, fiche etc, images including paintings, drawings, photographs and the like, sound items which includes musical concerts, poetry recitations, chanting of mantras, talks of important persons etc, and video items like archival films historical importance. To retrieve required information from such a large mass of materials in different formats and to transmit them across space and time, there are several limitations. Digital technology allows hitherto unavailable facilities for durable storage and speedy and efficient transmission / retrieval of information contained in all the above formats. Hypertext and hypermedia features of digital media enable integrating text with graphics, sound, video and animation. This paper discusses the international and national efforts for digitizing heritage items, digital archiving solutions available, the possibilities of the media, and the need to follow standards prescribed by organizations like UNESCO to enable easy exchange and pooling of information and documents generated in digital archiving systems at national and international level. The need to develop language technology for local scripts for organizing and preserving our cultural heritage is also stressed.

Item type: Conference proceedings
Keywords: manuscripts, palm leaf, copper plates, paintings, conservation, preservation, archives
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HD. Rare books and manuscripts.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HG. Non-print materials.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HH. Audio-visual, Multimedia.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HC. Archival materials.
Depositing user: R. Raman Nair
Date deposited: 31 May 2007
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:07


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