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Graphics Atlas

From: Douglas W. Nishimura <dwnpph<-at->
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Graphics Atlas

    <URL:http://www.graphicsatlas.org/>

is a new online resource that brings sophisticated print
identification and characteristic exploration tools to archivists,
curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators, and the
general public. Initial development of this resource began in 2006.

Graphics Atlas has two central web applications. The print
identification application guides you through a concise set of
representations that replicate the experience of identifying prints
using common tools (i.e., a loupe and simple stereomicroscope).

A second application, the Object Explorer, allows you to browse and
compare traits across processes using a set of 18 views made with
various lighting techniques and magnifications. Characteristics
including size, format, color, texture, sheen, and layer structure
are explored logically. The Graphics Atlas contains additional web
pages devoted to the history of printing technologies expressed
through text, images, and diagrams.

Let me add to the official announcement that the internal structure
is very close to completion but the content will be a work in
progress. However, it is intended to cover the range of prints from
mechanical ("pre-photographic") (of which wood cut or wood engraving
is the only example at the moment) to digital prints.

The process of content addition will be slower than in the previous
incarnation (Digital Sample Book) because there is much more text
and more images in this version. So if you don't see what you're
looking for, please be patient.

Douglas Nishimura
Image Permanence Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Graphics Atlas Is Now Available


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