International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 275–286

Digital imagery for significant cultural and historical materials

An emerging research field bridging people, culture, and technologies
  • Ching-chih Chen
  • Howard D. Wactlar
  • James Z. Wang
  • Kevin Kiernan
Regular contribution

DOI: 10.1007/s00799-004-0097-5

Cite this article as:
Chen, Cc., Wactlar, H., Wang, J. et al. Int J Digit Libr (2005) 5: 275. doi:10.1007/s00799-004-0097-5


Digital imagery for significant cultural and historical materials is an emerging research field that bridges people, culture, and technologies. In this paper, we first discuss the great importance of this field. Then we focus on its four interrelated subareas: (1) creation and preservation, (2) retrieval, (3) presentation and usability, and (4) applications and use. We propose several mechanisms to encourage collaboration and argue that the field has high potential impact on our digital society. Finally, we make specific recommendations on what to pursue in this field.


Imaging of cultural heritagesPhysical and descriptive content-based retrievalPresentation and usabilityCreation and preservationInternational collaboration

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ching-chih Chen
    • 1
  • Howard D. Wactlar
    • 2
  • James Z. Wang
    • 3
  • Kevin Kiernan
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of Library and Information ScienceSimmons CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.School of Computer ScienceCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.School of Information Sciences and TechnologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA