[Humanist] 28.723 PhD studentship at UCL: imaging of documents
Humanist Discussion Group
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Thu Feb 12 07:20:25 CET 2015
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 723.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:57:07 +0000
From: Melissa Terras <melissaterras at gmail.com>
Subject: Fully funded doctoral studentship: An optimised system for Multispectral Imaging of Documentary Material
UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and UCL Centre for
Digital Humanities are interested in multispectral imaging of documents
to enhance the reading of lost text, corrections and watermarks. In this
project, you will characterise and validate multispectral imaging for
use in the cultural and heritage sectors.
. What is the optimal way to acquire and analyse multispectral imaging
data of archival material?
. Does a single optimal approach exist, or are bespoke approaches for
different challenges required?
. How can we optimise the process so that archives and libraries can
acquire multispectral images without input from specialist imaging
This cross-disciplinary project applies multispectral imaging techniques
to the emerging field of digital humanities. You will develop and
characterise image acquisition and analysis techniques to reveal
features on the manuscripts that are not visible to the naked eye. You
will then optimise these techniques for different substrates, inks and
materials before developing standards for capture or processing
multispectral imaging in libraries, archives, galleries and museums.
These standards do not currently exist.
You will work with conservators and archivists from the British Library
and London Metropolitan Archives, and with industry specialists, RB Toth
Associates. Effective multispectral imaging includes not just the
collection of quality images, but also the ability to manage and exploit
large amounts of integrated data and metadata, which provides additional
opportunities for research. This could include images or data collected
with other modalities, including X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier
transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectrometers.
The ideal student will have experience and qualifications in areas such
as maths, computer programming, and practical lab skills; they will be
curious with an enthusiasm for open-ended problem-solving in new,
challenging areas, and have an interest in museums, historical
manuscripts and heritage artefacts. However, we are open to applications
from interested students with other backgrounds, so please contact Adam
Gibson (adam.gibson at ucl.ac.uk
or Melissa Terras (m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
the academic supervisors, if you are excited by this studentship.
The project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science
and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk
SEAHA students are involved in activities ranging from residential
events and group projects, to conferences and careers events.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION:
Your application should include:
. A substantial covering letter (2-3 pages) clearly explaining your
motivation for this project
. The UCL graduate application form which can be downloaded via UCL's
. Two academic references
. A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) of degree(s),
. Proof of meeting the UCL English language proficiency requirements
where necessary. We require an advanced level certificate (see
. A sample of academic writing. This may be a short research proposal
(max. 2000 words) linked to this project or an article of similar length
written for some other reason.
The supervisory team will be Adam Gibson and Melissa Terras (UCL), Mike
Toth (RB Toth Associates) and Christina Duffy (British Library).
Apply directly to the SEAHA Centre Manager: manager at seaha-cdt.ac.uk
SEAHA Centre Manager
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER)
4th Floor, Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Application deadline: Midnight (GMT), 1st April 2015
UCL Taking Action For Equality.
The SEAHA Studentship will cover home fees and a stipend of up to
Â£16,726 per year (current rate) for eligible applicants
and a substantial budget for research, travel, and cohort activities.
The award will be subject to Grant Agreement between UCL, R B Toth
Associates, British Library and London Metropolitan Archives.
Melissa M. Terras MA MSc DPhil CLTHE CITP FHEA
Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Vice Dean of Research (Projects), UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Digital Humanities
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
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