The Friends of Herculaneum Society Annual General Meeting is taking place on Saturday, 18 October 2014 at the University of Oxford Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. The AGM business proceedings will begin at 14.30 followed by tea at 15.30. Then at 16.00 Dr Kathryn E. Piquette, Research Associate, Universität zu Köln, Cologne Centre for eHumanities, will give a talk: “New Advanced Digital Imaging of the Herculaneum Papyri: Recent results, future plans.”
Dr Piquette has been developing a technique known as RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) to assist researchers to study documentary and other artefacts remotely (online) in great detail and without being restricted by the fixed lighting angles of traditional photography and flatbed scanning where details can be obscured by shadows. In developing the RTI system, it is hoped that high-quality digital images of inscribed artifacts, viewable from multiple light sources, can be consulted by scholars and the general public around the world. For an example of this type of research click here.