A Digital Image Processing and Database System for Watermarks in Medieval Manuscripts
Emanuel Wenger , Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Victor Karnaukhov , Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Alois Haidinger , Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Maria Stieglecker , Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Short Paper: Short Paper 1: Restoration and Preservation

Watermarks are the most important tool for dating undated documents written on paper. Hence, catalogues and databases of watermarks play an eminent role for the work of medievalist and paper historians. This article presents an overview of an integrated software system developed for storage, retrieval, manipulation, digital processing, and identification of watermarks in old manuscripts. The full processing pipeline from the scanning to the identification of watermarks is described. The main part of these watermarks was captured from manuscripts stored in the Klosterneuburg monastery (Austria).


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