Integrating science and art: the scriptospatial visualization interface

FRANCE, Fenella G. and TOTH, Michael B. (2014) Integrating science and art: the scriptospatial visualization interface. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 149 - Art Libraries with Science and Technology Libraries. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Integrating science and art: the scriptospatial visualization interface

Advances in technology and digital access have improved utilization and interpretation of scientific analyses for cultural heritage and humanities studies. Integrating scientific and curatorial knowledge (STEM to STEAM) is a critical multidisciplinary approach. Researchers have exposed previously unknown contextual information within original materials, such as changing “subjects to citizens” on the Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence. Using hyperspectral imaging, researchers provide new data layers by capturing images of documents in distinct wavebands of the visible and non-visible spectrum. Spectral imaging at the Library of Congress also allows integration of data from other non-invasive analytical techniques to map objects analytically. Digital imaging capabilities allow researchers to characterize pigments and inks on the object, retrieve lost text, and illuminate creation methods. Captured data provides access to information from fragile historic documents, including the 1507 Waldseemüller World Map and 1513 Ptolemy Geographia. Investigations revealed links to the same printing location. “Scriptospatial” refers to a global information system approach for documents, creating an interactive interface for scholars and scientists to engage with object data. Viewing digital cultural materials in multiple dimensions applies an archaeological approach, uncovering and interconnecting information strata of unique documents. Utilizing an object-oriented approach in conjunction with the data layer allows mapping of spatial and temporal data with increasing complexity for direct sharing and visualization of data. This scriptospatial concept enhances the ability to support cross-disciplinary research collaborations and analyses. These relationships support valuable and innovative creative approaches to data integration, while strengthening effective art and scientific collaborations.

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