[Humanist] 28.723 PhD studentship at UCL: imaging of documents

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                 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.

Research questions:

. 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 
http://www.findaphd.com/search/EmailEnquiry.aspx?fapjid=61555&LID=849&EA=adam.gibson@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 
 http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=61555&type=75&url=http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk ). 
SEAHA students are involved in activities ranging from residential 
events and group projects, to conferences and careers events.

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 
web site: 

. 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 
 http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=61555&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ucl.ac.uk%2fprospectivestudents%2fgraduate%2fapply%2fenglish-language%2findex ) 

. 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 

Postal Address:
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

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      Funding Notes:

The SEAHA Studentship will cover home fees and a stipend of up to 
£16,726 per year (current rate) for eligible applicants 
 http://www.findaphd.com/common/clickCount.aspx?theid=61555&type=75&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.seaha-cdt.ac.uk%2fopportunities%2feligibility-criteria%2f ), 
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
Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street

Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras at ucl.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/melissaterras
Blog: http://melissaterras.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @melissaterras

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