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Bernstein: Bernstein - The Memory of Papers. Collaborative systems for paper expertise and history

Bulls Heads & Mermaids: What the characteristics of paper can tell us about our history and cultural heritage

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Bernstein aims to create an integrated European digital environment for the expertise and history of paper. The project will interlink all existing European databases of paper reproductions, make their content accessible to specialized image processing tools for the measurement of paper features, and provide an interface to the digital resources of domains related to paper studies or by which the knowledge about papers can be enriched and contextualized. Additionally, a strong dissemination plan including ready to deploy paper expertise software packs will ensure the sustainability of growth and interest in paper studies beyond the project’s lifetime.

The importance of paper expertise comes from paper being a “memory bearer”: a source of information about the history of societies and an aid in identification of documents. Through examination of its characteristics the date, location and mill of its production can be estimated and information obtained about the technological, economical, social and cultural environment of its origin; while tracing the movement, usage and accidents in time and space of a sheet of paper provides a thread of captured events that is the basis for historical research and exploration of cultural heritage. The enormous amount of papers constituting a sizable part of what can be known of Europe’s past – millions of samples stretching back 800 years – is both a richness waiting to be tapped into, and a technological challenge.

 

Contact information

WENGER EMANUEL
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
1010 Vienna
AUSTRIA
Tel. +43 (1) 51581 6702
Fax. +43 (1) 20501 18900

Participants

Coordinator: OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN, AUSTRIA

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN AUSTRIA
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ AUSTRIA
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE FRANCE
LANDESARCHIV BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG GERMANY
DIE DEUTSCHE NATIONAL BIBLIOTHEK GERMANY
ISTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO OLANDESE DI STORIA DELL'ARTE ITALY
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT THE NETHERLANDS
KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK THE NETHERLANDS
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 17/12/2008

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