Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Griffin on Digital Imaging

Carl W. Griffin, 'Digital Imaging: Looking Toward the Future of Manuscript Research' in Currents in Biblical Research 5(2006), 58-72 (on-line)

Griffin (from the Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts CPART at Brigham Young University) offers a helpful overview and survey of digital imaging (an issue that we have mentioned several times in this blog), alongside a running comparison with microfilm imaging (which shows that digital imaging is not by any means always better than microfilming, especially for archiving the material), and brief reflections on/mentions of current projects including Sinaiticus, the Freer manuscripts, and Herculaneum papyri. He concludes:
  • "Looking toward the future, we may anticipate a day when many textual scholars will have instant access to high-quality images of the most important manuscripts of their fields. That is, in fact, a reasonable expectation, and not merely a fond wish." (p. 70)


Michael Hanel said...
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Michael Hanel said...

Along the lines of this post, having access to digital images of manuscripts, check out this blog entry which introduces a free user-made add-on for BibleWorks 7 which incorporates digital images of manuscripts (http://bibleworks.oldinthenew.org -- see the entry on Washington Codex and Mark)

Granted this feature will only be as good as its images, but it is a great new development!