Beyond 2D images: Effective 3D imaging for library materials

Michael S. Brown, W. Brent Seales

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Significant efforts are being made to digitize rare and valuable library materials, with the goal of providing patrons and historians digital facsimiles that capture the `look and feel' of the original materials. This is often done by digitally photographing the materials and making high resolution 2D images available. The underlying assumption is that the objects are flat. However, older materials may not be flat in practice, being warped and crinkled due to decay, neglect, accident and the passing of time. In such cases, 2D imaging is insufficient to capture the `look and feel' of the original. For these materials, 3D acquisition is necessary to create a realistic facsimile. This paper outlines a technique for capturing an accurate 3D representation of library materials which can be integrated directly into current digitization setups. This will allow digitization efforts to provide patrons with more realistic digital facsimile of library materials.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2000
Event5th ACM Conference on Digital Libraries (DL'00) - San Antonio, TX, USA
Duration: Jun 2 2000Jun 7 2000


Conference5th ACM Conference on Digital Libraries (DL'00)
CitySan Antonio, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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