2d modelling - raster

project: Glasgow Emblem Digitisation Project

The site has been developed, with generous funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Resource Enhancement Scheme, by a team led by Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Jonathan Spangler, and Project Director Alison Adams. All but two of the emblem books digitised are from the Stirling Maxwell Collection in Glasgow University Library. The Bodleian Library and the Bibliothèque Mazarine have generously made material available to enable us to present the complete corpus. The Project is undertaken within the OpenEmblem initiative. [read more]

tool: QuarkXPress

Purpose: 

QuarkXPress desktop publishing software is commonly used to create page layouts for a variety of print publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, posters and brochures.

Similar in function to InDesign, the main differences are Quark's unique features for exporting documents as interactive webpages as well as its widespread use by printers, typesetters and page designers.

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  • Enables the production of HTML and XML content without the need to convert or refine documents
  • Supports direct PDF importing and outputing according to regulations
  • Fully supports Adobe Photoshop files, avoiding complicated and time-consuming conversions
  • Uses OpenType and Unicode, making font and character settings easy
  • Free TypeTricks XTension locates overset text boxes as well as widows and orphans
  • Presents intuitive colour-management tools that includes the unique option of hexachrome printing
  • Allows the customisation of line and border dashes and stripes as well as the merging of boxes to generate complex shapes
  • Text runaround for hidden layers may be turned off
  • Shared Content instantly incorporates any text or graphic changes consistently throughout a project
  • XPress Composition Zones allow team members to work simulatenously on a project, with all modifications being updated instantly
  • Job jackets keep print job specifications consistent throughout the project, ensuring their clarity and memorability
A&H use case 1 description: 
The Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) project used QuarkXPress alongside other tools to create an electronic archive of medieval polyphonic music images. The purpose of the archive is to allow detailed study of the music and its sources as well as to ensure their preservation.
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Quark Inc
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Adobe InDesign

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project: Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC)

The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization. [read more]

project: E-Curator: 3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment

The E-Curator research project "3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment" is a project at UCL Museums and Collections. This project draws on UCL's expertise both in curatorship and in e-Science. It takes advantage of the presence at UCL of world class collections across a range of disciplines and of a state of the art colour scanner, the quality of which is unequalled in the UK. [read more]

tool: ArcExplorer

Purpose: 

ArcExplorer is a custom mapping tool that can be used in a web browser. ArcExplorer allows you to perform a range of basic GIS functions such as display, query and retrieve data.

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• Display and query a variety of standard data sources including ESRI shapefiles, ArcInfo coverages Images, ArcIMS services
• Pan and zoom through multiple layers and identify, locate, and query geographic and attribute data.
• Symbolize data based on attributes contained in the data layers to create thematic maps.
• Perform basic spatial analysis tasks on the geographic data
• Freely distributable data

A&H use case 1 description: 
ArcExplorer was used in the Montréal l'avenir du passé (MAP) project to create a historical GIS research infrastructure for mapping the city of Montréal.
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Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
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Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
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ArcGIS Explorer, worldKit, GeoCommons

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ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, movies, and on cartographic quality map compositions.

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• Image Analysis, Remote Sensing & GIS
• Parallel Batch Processing
• Spatial Modeling
• High Performance Mosaicking Engine in IMAGINE Advantage
• Expanded Change Detection Tools (with Zonal Change Detection)
• ERDAS ER Mapper Algorithms
• Converts over 190 Image Formats to all Major File Formats, including GeoTIFF, NITF, CADRG, JPEG, JPEG2000, ECW and MrSID
• Implements Comprehensive OGC Web Processing Service (WPS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), Web Mapping Service (WMS) and Catalog Services for the Web (CS-W)

A&H use case 1 description: 
The North Sea Palaeolandscapes project used ERDAS Imagine to analyse 3D seismic datasets acquired on the United Kingdom continental shelf and explore Late Quaternary and Holocene geology over the area of the Southern North Sea.
Publisher: 
Earth Resource Data Analysis System (ERDAS)
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Earth Resource Data Analysis System (ERDAS)
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SPRING, Virtual Terrain Project (VTP),

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tool: ArcGIS

Purpose: 

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and Online GIS. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.

Features: 

• View and query maps
• Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases
• Data manipulation, editing and analysis
• Mobile device enabled

A&H use case 1 description: 
ArcGIS was used in the Mapping Medieval Chester project to integrate geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city using cartographic and textual sources and using these to understand more how urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were interpreted and navigated by local inhabitants.
A&H use case 2 description: 
ArcGIS was used in the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project to investigate the relationship between people and their environment, from the Neolithic period to the present day on the island of Cyprus. ArcGIS was used to gather, analyse and map geomorphological data.
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Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
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Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
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GRASS (Geographic Analysis Support System) GIS, ThinkGeo

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tool: RivEx

Purpose: 

RivEx is a river network tool designed to run under ESRI ArcMap 9.1. It allows for quality control and analysis of the river network and creation of node layers.

Features: 

• Process connected river centre lines
• Generate new node layers for the nodes of the network
• Attribute your network including stream order
• Convert your network to a measured network
• Re-orientate (flip) network polylines
• Quality controlled snapping of sites to the river network
• Export river network data to KML (Google Earth) format

A&H use case 1 description: 
RivEx was used in conjunction with ESRI ArcMap on the North Sea Palaeolandscapes project to map the river network that was part of the prehistoric landscape stretching from the English Channel to the Norwegian coast line.
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RivEx
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Duncan Hornby
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MotherPlanet

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Mercury Amira is a multifaceted tool that allows for integration, manipulation, and visualisation of large sets of data. Automatic and interactive segmentation tools support processing of 3D image data.

Features: 

• One platform for visualizing, analyzing and presenting
• Very large data sets are easily accessible with specific readers
• C++ coding wizard for technical extension and customization

A&H use case 1 description: 
Amira was used on the North Sea Palaeolandscapes project to visualise and analyse the vast amounts of data that were collected.
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Visage Imaging GmbH
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Mercury Software Systems
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Avizo

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Adobe Photoshop is an editor for still images. It is equipped with a diverse range of processing tools, enabling users to create or modify content through the use of drawing tools, filters, or other plug-ins.

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• Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software
• Photoshop functionality can be extended by add-on programs called Photoshop plugins which act like mini-editors that modify the image.
• Can utilise the colour models RGB, lab, CMKY, Greyscale, binary bitmap and duotone.
• Reads and writes raster and vector image formats

A&H use case 1 description: 
“The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland” project has used Adobe Photoshop to edit digital images in both TIFF and high JPG formats of Romanesque sculpture in Britain.
Publisher: 
Adobe Systems Incorporated
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Adobe Systems Incorporated
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GraphicConverter, 36-image converter

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