Lecture & Webcast

Posted on Mar 15, 2017


On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 11:00 am in the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, Alberto Campagnolo (CLIR/DLF/Mellon Fellow for Data Curation in Medieval Studies, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress) will present the lecture: From Words to Diagrams: An Automated Visualization of Historical Bookbinding Structures. Researchers use both images (pictures and drawings) and verbal descriptions (words) to document artifacts. In the last few decades, the recording and management of documentation data about material objects, including bookbindings, has switched from paper-based archives to databases, but sketches and diagrams are a form of documentation still carried out mostly by hand. Diagrams can present unique information, but often also serve as a visual representation of information recorded in the written documentation. This project proposes a methodology to harness verbal information stored within a database — with a focus on bookbinding structures — and automatically generate standardized and scholarly-sound visual representations.

For more information and to register for the webcast, please visit http://www.loc.gov/preservation/outreach/tops/campagnolo/index.html