Visual Arts Systems for Archiving and Retrieval of Images


VASARI - 2649

Keywords visual arts, image-processing systems, paintings, computer-aided learning, CD-ROM production


Start Date: 03-JUL-89 / Duration: 32 months

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Objectives and Approach

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.

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.

Progress and Results

Work so far has included the following main activities:

In addition, substantial infrastructure investments have been made; for example, a new picture processing laboratory has been created at Birkbeck College.

Exploitation

The main direct outcome of this project should be a major follow-up programme involving major European IT companies and aimed at extending the R&D already carried out. The goal would be to develop industrial-stage prototypes of visual arts image-processing systems for exploitation in the mid-1990s, capitalising on Europe's strong natural advantage and cultural history in the arts.

Further information about VASARI is available from the VASARI home page <URL:http://www.brameur.co.uk/vproject.htm>.


CONTACT POINT

Dr James R. Hemsley
BRAMEUR LTD
237 High Street
UK - ALDERSHOT GU11 1TJ
tel: + 44/ 252-313437
fax: + 44/ 252-22580
telex: 858893

Participants

BRAMEUR LTD - UK - C
DÖRNER INSTITUT / BAYERISCHE
STAATSGEMÄLDESAMMLUNGEN - D - P
TELECOM PARIS - F - P
NATIONAL GALLERY - UK - P
THOMSON INFORMATIQUE SERVICES - F - P
BIRKBECK COLLEGE LONDON - UK - P
TÜV - D - P
GFAI - D - A
SIDAC SPA - I - A
SYSECA - F - A
DIRECTION DES MUSEES DE FRANCE - F - A


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VASARI - 2649, December 1993


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