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Displaying digitally archived images

Kate Devlin, Alan Chalmers, Erik Reinhard, Displaying digitally archived images. Proceedings of the IS&T Archiving Conference. April 2004. No electronic version available.

Abstract

In the area of cultural heritage, images photographic, scanned, or computer-generated are often used as virtual representations of real artefacts or scenes. For these images to be authoritative, they should be a faithful representation of the original object. To interpret these images, they must be displayed. The conditions under which an image is displayed can adversely affect its appearance, so care must be taken to ensure that the user sees the end product in the way that it was intended to look. However, in digital image archiving, perceptual fidelity between the stored image and the displayed image is desirable, regardless of the medium of display or the environment in which it is exhibited, but this requires careful consideration of such diverse factors as tone and color reproduction, display device specifications and physical viewing conditions, which all contribute towards the final displayed image that the user perceives. This paper summarises the issues concerning display quality control for digital archiving.

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