Announcement of Workshop
Tomography applied to Musical Instrument Documentation
DFG-MUSICES project, first expert meeting
20–21 May 2015, Nürnberg and Fürth, Germany
Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM) is one of eight research museums within the German Leibniz Gemeinschaft and holds an important collection of historic musical instruments. The conservation workshop of the museum’s Institut für Kunsttechnik und Konservierung (Institute for art technology and conservation) was in the 1970s among the pioneers in using radiography and among the first users of three-dimen¬sional computed tomography (3D-CT) for musical instruments in 1988. With funding from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft the museum will, together with Fraunhofer development center for X-ray technology (EZRT), create the examination standard MUSICES. For more than ten years, Fraunhofer EZRT has been working in close collaboration with the chair for X-ray microscopy at the University of Würzburg. Main working areas are research and development of new X-ray examination methods for industrial use within the areas of characterization of materials, process-integrated examination of constructive parts and non-destructive measuring technology. Project targets are:
- Device-independent description of technical parameters for 3D-CT imaging of various materials, object sizes and material combinations in musical instruments.
- Description of open formats for the long-term archiving of high-resolution master scans.
- Description of open formats for derivatives for presentation on the web and the dissemination as open access.
- Definitions of minimum resolutions of 3D-CT scans for different types of instruments depending on size, material and potential applications.
- Definitions of details to be scanned more precisely for different types of instru¬ments, particularly for larger instruments where it is not useful or feasible to make a high-resolution total scan.
- Definition of the necessary metadata for 3D-CT scans compatible with LIDO and MIMO-LIDO respectively and with ISO standard CIDOC-CRM (ISO 21127:2006).
- Integration of the metadata and the generated 3D-CT scans into MIMO-DB. Transfer to EUROPEANA via harvesting.
- Preparation of the standard paper being at DFG’s disposal and supplementing the MIMO digitisation standard.
- Preparation of best-practice guidelines to facilitate handling of musical instruments for 3D-CT.
Project runtime: 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2017.
To set the MUSICES standard on a broad base and make it viable, the project seeks input from international expert organisations and individuals, as COST, CIMCIM, AMIS etc. This first of three intended expert meetings will present:
- the project, its intended outcome and issues
- a first set of musical instruments to be tested
- the x-ray facilities at Fraunhofer EZRT
Invited experts are expected to provide a short and constructive written feedback from their particular viewpoint, addressing perspectives, wishes, and recommendations after the meeting to create the above mentioned input and to help a user-oriented continuation of the project. Experts sent by COST will meet the MUSICES group consisting of the teams of GNM and Fraunhofer EZRT as well as the German co-proposers and international experts from Scotland, France and Belgium.
All potential users of 3D-CT technology in musical instruments, as curators, conservators, instrument makers, 3D-CT experts, etc.
Number of participants
The number of participants on behalf of COST is 10 persons.
Financial support obtained from COST for participating experts
Travel, accommodation and food will be covered in agreement with COST regulations.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Venue: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg.
From 14:00 h on, GNM’s MUSICES team will be at your disposal in the musical instrument department. There, we will have prepared approx. 80 instruments from GNM’s collection contained in a first list of possible test items for 3D-CT. Main selection parameters are materials, size and different types. The purpose of this informal visit is to make acquaintance within the team, have a look at the objects and the challenges and chances they present for the project, ask questions and have first discussions.
Around 16:00 h, there will be a coffee-break with a more formal introduction to the project, followed by some kind of guided tour in the collection with respect to the project aims.
The meeting closes at around 18:00 h. The museum is opened until 21:00 h and may be visited for the instruments or for the various other collections.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Venue: Fraunhofer EZRT, Fürth.
Travel to and from Fürth, close to Nürnberg, will be organized by the project.
Meeting at Fraunhofer EZRT is scheduled from ca. 9:30 h to 17:30 h. We will report about the project progress, show first results, and have a guided tour through the manifold and modern X-ray-facilities including Europe’s largest 3D-CT-machine. We will have time for discussion, questions and feedback from your part.
Deadline for applying: 16 April 2015
Application to Workshop:
The participants will be requested to provide a short motivation letter (cf. template).
- Please fill in the application form
- Save the form by adding your name to the file name (e.g. Woodmusick_Tomo_ Application_Maria_Smith)
- Send a pdf of the filled form to Frank Bär (f.baer at gnm.de), subject Woodmusick Tomo Workshop Application
If there is too big interest – we will select participants based on time of application (first come, first serve) and motivation. We will also respect COST guidelines (“inclusiveness” criterion, gender balance, geographical balance).
Local organizer and contact:
Project website: MUSICES
- Theobald Fuchs (theobald.fuchs at iis.fraunhofer.de)
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