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The Italian and Vatican Experience to Digitize the Astronomical Photographic Archives

Barbieri, C. and Blanco, C. and Bucciarelli, B. and Di Paola, A. and Lanteri, L. and Li Causi, G. and Marilli, E. and Massimino, P. and Mottola, S. and Nesci, R. and Omizzolo, A. and Laudi, L.M. and Rampazzi, F. and Rossi, C. and Stagni, R. and Tsvetkov, M.K. and Viotti, R. (2006) The Italian and Vatican Experience to Digitize the Astronomical Photographic Archives. iAstro Workshop, 2005-04-27 - 2005-04-30, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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A great amount of highly valuable information is stored in the photographic archives of many Italian Observatories and in the Specola Vaticana, with approximately 70.000 plates dating from the end of the XIX Century until 1998. This paper presents a large-scale project to digitize these archives of plates. Identical systems, composed by a commercial flat-bed retro-illuminated scanner plus a dedicated personal computer and acquisition software, have been installed in all participating Institutes, namely Padova-Asiago, Rome University, Rome Monte Porzio, Torino, Catania. In addition to the process of digitization, the overall project aims to a precise inventory of the still useable material and its storage in appropriate conditioned rooms, to the digitization of all the logbooks, to the provision of high quality BVRI CCD sequences in selected fields with the Campo Imperatore telescopes, and finally to the distribution of the digitized information to all interested researchers via the international Web.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Italian and Vatican Experience to Digitize the Astronomical Photographic Archives
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Barbieri, C.Univ. Padova
Blanco, C.Univ. Catania
Bucciarelli, B.INAF
Di Paola, A.INAF
Lanteri, L.INAF
Li Causi, G.INAF
Marilli, E.INAF
Massimino, P.INAF
Nesci, R.Univ. Roma
Omizzolo, A.Vatican Observatory
Laudi, L.M.INAF
Rampazzi, F.Univ. Padova
Rossi, C.Univ. Roma
Stagni, R.Univ. Padova
Tsvetkov, M.K.Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Viotti, R.INAF
Date:April 2006
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Virtual observatory, plate digitization
Event Title:iAstro Workshop
Event Location:Sofia, Bulgaria
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2005-04-27 - 2005-04-30
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Dr.phys. Stefano Mottola
Deposited On:24 Jan 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:27

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