What we do
The University Library Digitisation Department actively seeks to contribute to the broad field of digitisation with regards to imaging, accessibility, and policy-related subjects. Field of expertise is the digitisation of (mostly, but not exclusively, documentary) heritage objects.
For R&D activities related to the development of innovative techniques and infrastructures for imaging, the University Library and CS Digital, Faculty of Arts, join forces in the Imaging Lab. Over the past few years, the Digitisation Department and the Imaging Lab were leading partner in several projects.
Working together with our partners Metadata Department and LIBIS as well as with research communities in humanities and engineering (e.g., Illuminare, ESAT and Book Heritage Lab), we set up and participate in R&D projects in the field of technical imaging or technical infrastructure development, testing and implementation (e.g., Optical Character Recognition).
- Art Garden (Belspo funded; see the video about the restoration process)
- Fingerprint (Belspo funded)
- Codex Eyckensis (high-end, multi-light and multi-spectral imaging)
- EuropeanaPhotography (digitisation and development of Imaging Guidelines)
- Succeed (testing of innovative OCR tools)
- RICH (infrastructure development; Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage)
Technical imaging services
The Imaging Lab delivered technical imaging services to the following institutions:
- Belgium: Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Museum Plantin Moretus (Unesco World Heritage), Rubenianum, Royal Library, Brussels City Museum, STAM, Kerniel, Hof van Busleyden, Teseum
- Abroad: Getty Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congres, Mamma Haidara Library, University of Amsterdam