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PW-50427-09Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesBrigham Young UniversityMultispectral Imaging Project5/1/2009 - 4/30/2012$349,155.00RogerThomasMacfarlane   Brigham Young UniversityProvoUT84602USA2009ClassicsHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access3491550254828.130

Multi-spectral imaging of 400 illegible, or legibly problematic papyri from collections at the University of Michigan; University of California, Berkeley; and Columbia University. The resulting images would be disseminated via the Web-based Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS).

The Ancient Textual Imaging Group at Brigham Young University has pioneered developments into enhancing texts of deteriorated and damaged papyri using multi-spectral imaging. This process has rendered legible many stained, discolored, or faded portions of ancient documents. In effect, the process has restored the documents to a state of legibility that they have not possessed since antiquity. The BYU Multi-spectral Imaging Project is a two-year venture proposed by the Ancient Textual Imaging Group to capture, process, and provide public access via the Advanced Papyrological Information System to high-quality multi-spectral images of hundreds of legibly problematic papyrus documents from the most important papyrus collections in the country.