Sunday, August 31, 2003

turning pages

Just the usual wet Sunday spent turning the pages of the Leonardo Notebook at the British Library. (via Fair and Balanced)

Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive display system developed by the British Library to increase public access and enjoyment of its treasures.

Visitors can virtually 'turn' the pages of rare books or manuscripts in a highly realistic way, using touch-screen technology and animation. They can zoom in on the high-quality digitised images and read or listen to notes explaining the significance of each page. There are other features specific to the individual books. In the Leonardo Notebook, for example, a mirror button turns the text round so visitors can read his famous mirror handwriting.

Turning the Pages allows many more pages to be viewed and enjoyed than when a single opening is displayed in a glass case. Importantly, neither the original or facsimile are damaged during the process.

The award-winning interactiive display is so novel that it almost competes with the treasures themselves. Boynton can't seem to shake her low library-special-collections self-esteem though, and even virtually worries that she's being too rough with the pages.

Comments: turning pages

The hand that turns the pages of Leonardo's notebook is suitably clad in a white glove.
Posted by Nora at August 31, 2003 06:49 PM

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