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Final Report - NOESIS (NOn-dEStructive Image-based manuscript analysis System)

Project ID: 509145
Funded under: FP6-INCO


NOESIS, a project funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), had as a main task to produce non-destructive non-invasive image-based processing techniques supplemented with historical information to aid historical analysis and examination of five significant Mediterranean collections of manuscripts hosted by libraries and museums in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Israel.

Digital images from the target manuscripts captured in visible colour, ultraviolet and monochrome infrared were used to derive computational profiles of the ink and support (paper, papyrus, etc.) used. The profiles were based on the image properties of the materials exhibited due to either to the physical characteristics of their composition or to their manufacturing process.

The specific document provides a summary of the overall project objectives and an overview of the work performed, and describes thoroughly the four phases followed by the project in its planned execution, which included:
- requirement and data gathering;
- system design and implementation;
- integration and system evaluation;
- dissemination, training and exploitation.

The final system following a test with undated manuscripts from complementary collections found in Greece and southern Italy was hosted on an extensible markup language (XML)-based online database accessible via the Internet. All historical information discovered during the project was added to the database to aid future researchers. The suitability of using the profiling techniques for examination of other types of artefacts was also tested using a collection of religious icons stored in Jordan.

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