FINGERPRINT is a collaboration between four partners:

The Printroom of the Royal Library of Belgium

Illuminare, Centre for the Study of Medieval Art

Imaging Lab, KU Leuven

  • The Imaging Lab is part of the Digitisation and Document Delivery department (Library Services) of the KU Leuven Libraries. It specialises in digitisation and imaging of (documentary) heritage, with a strong focus on quality and innovation. Located in the landmark building of the KU Leuven, the University Library, the Lab is specifically adapted towards high-end digitisation and imaging projects and towards working with fragile materials. International standards on image quality assessment such as Metamorfoze are implemented. The Lab offers an integrated service, including high-quality digitisation as well as research in imaging techniques. It performs large-scale digitisation projects at a local, national or international level. It also takes part in technical imaging projects in the field of Multi-Light Imaging, Multispectral Imaging or Optical Character Recognition (OCR), in close collaboration with researchers communities in humanities and engineering (e.g., amongst others, Illuminare, ESAT and Book Heritage Lab). Over the past few years, the Imaging Lab was leading partner in several projects: EuropeanaPhotography (digitisation and development of Imaging Guidelines), Flandrica (digitisation of Flemish masterpieces for the Flemish Heritage Library), Magister Dixit (digitisation of college notes from the old University of Leuven in the collections of KU LeuvenUCL and Royal Library, in collaboration with Lectio), Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project (digitisation for inventory; image management), Succeed (testing of innovative OCR tools), RICH (infrastructure development; Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage), ArtGarden and Fingerprint (both Belspo funded). External heritage institutions call upon the Imaging Lab for the digitisation of their collections; recent projects include the digitisation of the Codex Eyckensis (the oldest manuscript in the Low Countries from the 8th century; St Catherine’s Church, Maaseik), and the fabulous Mayer van den Bergh Breviary (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp).




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