[INDOLOGY] [mlundber at usc.edu: USC's Training Program in Reflectance Transformation Imaging]

Arlo Griffiths arlogriffiths at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 1 19:15:38 UTC 2015

Dear colleagues,

I participated in this program last year and was able to document a substantial corpus of inscriptions on stone and metal surfaces in Myanmar. I warmly recommend those who need very high quality visual documentation of inscribed objects, whether manuscripts or inscriptions, to apply for participation in this very well set-up training program run by very competent people. From my experience, RTI is perhaps better suited for smaller objects (say 0.5m x 0.5 m or smaller) than for big stone inscriptions, and the object being relatively flat also makes the technique more realistically applicable than it is for texts engraved on an object in the round. I think coins, for instance, would be ideal.

Best wishes,

Arlo Griffiths

> Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:22:52 +0100
> From: baums at lmu.de
> To: indology at list.indology.info
> Subject: [INDOLOGY] [mlundber at usc.edu: USC's Training Program in Reflectance Transformation Imaging]
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> Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:50:59 +0000
> From: Marilyn Melzian Lundberg <mlundber at usc.edu>
> To: "indology at list.indology.info" <indology at list.indology.info>
> Subject: USC's Training Program in Reflectance Transformation Imaging
> Would you be able to send this out to your membership? If you have any questions, please let me know.
> Regards,
> Marilyn Lundberg
> USC'S TRAINING Program for scholars, conservators, library and museum professionals, archivists and researchers in the use of Reflectance Transformation imaging (RTI) for documenting ancient texts and artifacts, including the loan of imaging equipment
> The University of Southern California's West Semitic Research Project (http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp) has finished training the fourth round of applicants for training in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and is looking for another round of applicants. The projects that have been accepted include RTI documentation of:
> - Egyptian graffiti incised on stone blocks
> - Wax and lead tablets and clay seals ranging from the first century BCE to the eighth century CE
> - Egyptian quartzite statues
> - Korean artifacts
> - Palmyrene Aramaic Inscriptions
> - Early Alphabetic inscriptions from the Sinai Peninsula
> - Artifacts from Tell Timai in Egypt
> - Hebrew incised ostraca
> - Coins from the Persian to Crusader Periods
> - Mandaean Amulets
> - Dry-point glosses in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts
> - Cuneiform Tablets
> - Northwest Semitic monumental inscriptions
> - Pyu Inscriptions from Myanmar
> - Rock art from the Negev
> - Persian period artifacts
> - Ivories from ancient Anatolia
> The Training Program is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for U. S. Citizens. The IMLS has also funded the purchase of imaging equipment to support the Training Program.
> The objective of this project is to develop an infrastructure for training scholars in the use of RTI technology and subsequently to lend the necessary imaging equipment to participants in the training program so they can do an initial RTI documentation project either in field environments (archaeological sites, etc.) or in libraries, museums and/or other similar venues, worldwide (for examples of RTI images see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUVDbWEvpqM). This initial undertaking should be understood to be a pilot project that can develop into an ongoing, broader documentary effort and preferably may also serve as the catalyst for establishing a scholarly network consortium for image documentation of a given corpus (or corpora) of ancient texts and/or artifacts.  All equipment to be lent out is both rugged and compact and is thus ideal for doing sophisticated imaging in remote locations. Twenty awards over three years (approximately seven per year) for traineeships will be provided based on the merit and intrinsic importance of a proposed pilot imaging project as well as the appropriateness of the subject matter for RTI imaging.
> The last deadline for applying to the training program is April 1, 2015.
> For more information, see http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/Training_Program.pdf,http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/projects/imls.shtml, or contact Marilyn Lundberg (mlundber at usc.edu<mailto:mlundber at usc.edu>) or Bruce Zuckerman (bzuckerm at usc.edu<mailto:bzuckerm at usc.edu>).
> --
> Marilyn J. Lundberg, Ph.D.
> Associate Director, West Semitic Research
> Associate Editor, MAARAV
> 12 Empty Saddle Road
> Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
> Tel: 310-541-4573; Fax: 310-541-2361
> Web Sites: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp
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