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. In: Virtual Observatory: Plate Content Digitization, Archive Mining and Image Sequence Processing Heron Press Ltd.. pp. 61-72. ISBN 954-580-190-5.
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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:||Book Section|
|Title:||The Italian and Vatican Experience to Digitize the Astronomical Photographic Archives|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Virtual Observatory: Plate Content Digitization, Archive Mining and Image Sequence Processing|
|In ISI Web of Science:||No|
|Page Range:||pp. 61-72|
|Publisher:||Heron Press Ltd.|
|Keywords:||Virtual observatory, plate digitization|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport|
|HGF - Program:||Space|
|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)|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets|
|Deposited By:||Susanne Pieth|
|Deposited On:||30 Jan 2007|
|Last Modified:||27 Apr 2009 13:29|
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