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Visual Arts Systems for Archiving and Retrieval of Images

Objective

The VASARI project aims to open the way for the European IT industry to achieve a dominating position in an important niche market of the 1990s: the visual arts image-processing market. By clearly demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of high-resolution and high-quality digital image processing techniques, the VASARI project aims to provide a major stimulus to the European IT industry.
By clearly demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of high resolution and high quality digital image processing techniques, the visual arts systems for archiving and retrieval of images (VASARI) project aimed to provide a major stimulus to the European information technology (IT) industry.
The project was user driven and concentrated on 3 important application domains: colour change measurement and control of paintings, painting transportation damage assessment, and computer aided learning in the arts field.

Work so far has included the following main activities:
user requirements identification and analysis;
systems and software design for the main image processing system;
development of prototypes including image processing software components and a computer aided learning system CD-ROM on the 17th century Dutch School;
research and experimentation in image processing applications for the visual arts.
In addition, substantial infrastructure investments have been made; for example, a new picture processing laboratory has been created at Birkbeck College.
The project is user-driven and concentrates on three important application domains: colour change measurement and control of paintings, painting transportation damage assessment, and computer-aided learning in the arts field.

Coordinator

Brameur Ltd
Address
Star Plan House 237 High Street
GU11 1TJ Aldershot
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

DIRECTION DES MUSEES DE FRANCE
France
Address
Palais Du Louvre
75041 Paris
DOERNER INSTITUTE/BAYERISCHE STAATSGEMAELDESAMMLUNGEN
Germany
Address
Barer Straße 29
80799 München
EIKON
Italy
Address
Lungotevere Sanzio 9
00153 Roma
GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG ANGEWANDTER INFORMATIK
Germany
Address
Kurstraße 33
10117 Berlin
National Gallery of London
United Kingdom
Address
Trafalgar Square
WC2N 5DN London
Sidac SpA
Italy
Address
Ss 148 Pontina Km 29,100
00040 Pomezia Roma
Syseca SA
France
Address
4 Square René Cassin
35100 Rennes
TELECOM PARIS
France
Address
46 Rue Barrault
75634 Paris
THOMSON INFORMATIQUE SERVICES
France
Address
33 Rue De Vouille
75015 Paris
Technischer Überwachungsverein Bayern eV
Germany
Address
Westendstraße 199
80686 München
Birkbeck College, University of London
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
WC1E 7HX London