Seeing the invisible: Computer science for codicology

Roger Boyle, Hazem Hiary

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Computer science exhibits very rapid development, and when coupled with interdisciplinarity, it can bring considerable benefit to other fields of study. We present a particular example in watermark location and identification. Computation in this area of work is not new, but we show that digitally native acquisition and model-based inspection permit new results to be drawn from documents examined by hand some decades ago. Some ideas we present are generalisable to other aspects of the archaeology of paper manufacture, while others extend to humanities research more broadly. Our conclusion is that the merits of dialogue between scholars of the humanities and computer scientists will grow significantly over time. Such dialogue between communities is often impeded by an absence of common language, and the real problem may be the development of suitable hybrid scholars.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationText Comparison and Digital Creativity
Subtitle of host publicationThe Production of Presence and Meaning in Digital Text Scholarship
EditorsWido van Peursen, Ernst D. Thoutenhoofd, Adriaan van der Weel
PublisherEntomological Society of Canada
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789004188655
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameScholarly Communication
ISSN (Print)1879-9027
ISSN (Electronic)1879-9035


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