The digitisation begins

12 01 2011

Conservators Elaine and Jim moving the Koran to the studio

The digitisation of the manuscript is no easy feat. Due to its size, special care has to be taken when moving the volume around. The manuscript is so large, it won’t fit in the goods lift which we need to use to get it to the photography studio, laying flat as it should be. For the trip, it will be have to up-ended, padded out, boxed and wrapped to ensure it will be safe on its journey. Also, we will not be able to fit it under our copy stand in the studio. We will be using one of the Library’s conference rooms, modified to accomodate the manuscript and the equipment.

Using large Plastazote® wedges, Elaine and Jim have created a cradle style support for the manuscript. This provides flexible yet rigid support that we can adjust throughout the digitisation process to keep the Koran comfortable. As we work through, the pages will sit differently, so the whole set up will need to change.

In situ during digitisation

As you can see above, the manuscript has a flat bound spine. The most comfortable position throughout the process is to actually have have the manuscipt laying flat on the spine. The foam wedges then support the back boards and pages, opening enough for the image to be captured.

The whole process is expected to take about 3 weeks. We will be blogging our progress and showing you some of the techniques we have adopted to digitise the manuscript as best we can, while keeping it as safe and comfortable as possible.

بدء عملية الترقيم

نظراً لحجم القراَن ودرجة حساسيته كان من الضروري توخي الحذر في عملية نقله لاستوديو التصوير حيث تم وضعه في صندوق خاص مبطن و تم تغليفه للتاكد من وصوله بسلام

كما هو ملاحظ بالصورة، افضل طريقة لوضع القراَن هي بان يتم وضعه بشكل افقي على ان لا يتم القاء اي ضغط عليه

من المتوقع ان تستمر العملية ثلاثة اسابيع سنقوم خلالها ببث المعلومات عن سير العمل و تحديثها باستمرار



3 responses

20 01 2011

You guys should have explained who you are and how this project came about. It was not much much later that your Mail did a good job of explaining!
I work for an archiving company in Wellington, New Zealand and thanks for sharing your knowledge!



20 01 2011
youssef from morroco

thank you for this very important project.

21 01 2011


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