Da Costa E Miranda. World map 1706 being digitised by...

Da Costa E Miranda. World map 1706 being digitised by a state-of-the-art high resolution scanner, technology developed from ground breaking research at Kyoto University’s Advanced Imaging Lab.

A selection of large detailed maps and panoramas from the State Library of NSW collection were chosen for scanning over two days.

This digitisation process combines high resolution scanning, up to 1200 dpi, with precise lighting technique and incredibly accurate colour rendition. This process is ideal for scanning really large, long items like this map, panoramas and items with high levels of fine detail. The files captured at these resolutions allow up to 50x enlargement, making them excellent sources for detailed investigation into aspects of the physical substrate of the item and for innovative multimedia exhibition and display.

The map was scanned in 15cm sections and will be stitched together to create an exceptionally accurate and detailed high resolution file.

Sarah Kenderdine from Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) and expert Pengchang Zhang from LUXLAB Scanning Research Services were onsite at the State Library of NSW to perform the scanning in the Digitisation & Imaging department, and share their expertise.