About COST and COSCH
Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH) is an interdisciplinary network of experts in the applications of the latest optical measuring techniques and imaging to documentation of artefacts. Users of such applications are also involved. COSCH aims to enhance the existing practice and standards in 3D documentation, by promoting a better understanding of science, and widening the use of specialist technologies. COSCH networking activities are funded by COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COSCH is a COST Transdomain Action in the area of Materials, Physics and Nanosciences. Funding has been made available for four years, from November 2012 to October 2016.
Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Taylor Bennett, Andrea Casini, Costanza Cucci, Christian Degrigny, Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, Haida Laing, Christine McCarthy, Susanna Pesko, Marcello Picollo, Jule Rubi, Robert Shaw, Lorenzo Stefani, Alain Trémeau, Despoina Tsiafaki, Tatiana Vitorino >>>
Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH) fosters international collaboration in the area of documentation of material cultural heritage. The main objective is to enhance methods of recording objects – for conservation and study – through applications of digital, optical, spatial and spectral technologies. Researchers participating in COSCH seek to develop solutions to questions that have not been fully resolved, such as simultaneous measurement of colour and shape or the wider use of specialist technologies. This issue is primarily devoted to techniques that support examination, documentation and display of historic paintings. A number of non-invasive, electronic imaging methods are covered, including open-source solutions and portable technologies that can be brought to the object, thus minimising transportation of works of art. >>>
COSCH Profile: Haida Liang
An interview with Haida Liang, a Reader in Physics and Head of the Imaging Science for Archaeology and Art Conservation group at Nottingham Trent University in the UK >>>
- Photogrammetry and Transmitted Infrared Imaging to Document the Support of a 19th C. British Landscape Painting by Taylor Bennett PDF [11MB] PDF [1.7MB]
- Creation of a Hyper-Spectral Imaging Spectroscopy Reference Database of Red Lake Pigments by Andrea Casini, Costanza Cucci, Marcello Picollo, Lorenzo Stefani and Tatiana Vitorino PDF
- "Walk Around", from Belgium to the V&A via the Prado: Using Digital Data to Create Experience from Cultural Heritage Objects by Jule Rubi PDF
- Presentation of the COSCH Germolles Case Study to the Ferrara Salone del Restauro
Situated in Burgundy, France, the Château de Germolles is the best preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. It was built between 1380 and 1400 for Margaret of Flanders, wife of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and brother of Charles V, King of France. Wall paintings were rediscovered under the 19th-century plasters during World War II. Christian Degrigny reports >>>
- COSCH Session at the Computational Color Imaging Workshop 2015
A specialist session, Color in Digital Cultural Heritage, was held during the 5th Computational Color Imaging Workshop (CCIW'2015) at the Jean Monnet University in St Etienne, France, on 26 March 2015. Alain Trémeau reports. >>>
- COSCH wins a Werner Weber Best Paper Award
A paper co-authored by several COSCH participants won a best paper award at the EuroMed Digital Heritage Conference 2014 held at Limassol, Cyprus between 3–8 November 2014. >>>
News from the Field
- A new paper on an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis of medieval coins
- A two-days course in multispectral imaging of works of art using flashes, SUPSI, Lugano, 16–17 April 2015
- 2+3D Photography: Practice and Prophecies, First International Conference, Amsterdam, 15–16 April 2015. Review by Taylor Bennett
- ConservationSpace 2.0
- Publication of 3D ICONS Guidelines and Case Studies
The support of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, the COST Action TD1201 "Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage" (www.cosch.info) is gratefully acknowledged by the contributors who participate in this COST Action.
The Editors should like to thank the Authors and Reviewers of papers, and everyone who offered advice and helped with the preparation of this issue, including Antonino Cosentino of Cultural Heritage Science Open Source (CHSOS); Eva Haustein-Bartsch of the Ikonen-Museum Recklinghausen, Germany; Alexander J. Kossolapov, of the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation; Christine McCarthy, Yale University Library; Haida Laing, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Julio del Hoyo Melendez of the National Museum in Kraków, Poland; Nuria Rodríguez Ortega of the University of Málaga, Spain; Robert Sablatnig of the Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Robert Shaw of the Discovery Programme, Dublin; Despoina Tsiafaki of the Athena Research and Innovation Center at the University Kimmeria, Xanthi; Alain Trémeau of the Université Jean Monnet in Saint Etienne, France; Giovanni Verri of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK; and Stefanie Wefers of the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany.
The articles in this issue express the views of the authors and not necessarily those of the COSCH Editorial Board and reviewers.
© Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage. Text © individual author(s) and reproduction is with their permission. Illustrations © individual authors/photographers; Athena Research and Innovation Center at the University Kimmeria, Xanthi; National Museum in Kraków; 2+3D Photography, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., reproduced with kind permission.
Next issue deadlines:
1 October 2015 for scientific papers; 2 November 2015 for news items.