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Texas A & M Research Foundation (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Wei Yan (Project Director: April 2007 to December 2009)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 8/31/2009

High Dynamic Range Imaging for Preserving Chromaticity Information of Architectural Heritage

The development of new methods, using High Dynamic Range imaging technology, of capturing and preserving accurate color information about historical buildings and other artworks.

This proposal seeks to enhance the documentation of architectural heritage. Precise color information (i.e. chromaticity, excluding lighting effects) as an intrinsic property of materials has not been accurately documented in the scale of large surfaces for historical buildings. Every day the materials of historical buildings are decaying and their colors are fading. The colors we can see today will not be the same as future generations can see if we cannot preserve the chromaticity information. We propose to develop a method to assist in recording the chromaticity of historical buildings with low cost and high efficiency based on the emerging High Dynamic Range Imaging technology. The significance of it lies in that by recording the chromaticity information, we can achieve more complete documentation for historical buildings and can detect color change of the buildings when measurements are done in a regular basis, which will provide important information for preservation planning.