Interactive visualization of hyperspectral images of historical documents

Seon Joo Kim, Shaojie Zhuo, Fanbo Deng, Chi Wing Fu, Michael Brown

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This paper presents an interactive visualization tool to study and analyze hyperspectral images (HSI) of historical documents. This work is part of a collaborative effort with the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands (NAN) and Art Innovation, a manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging hardware designed for old and fragile documents. The NAN is actively capturing HSI of historical documents for use in a variety of tasks related to the analysis and management of archival collections, from ink and paper analysis to monitoring the effects of environmental aging. To assist their work, we have developed a comprehensive visualization tool that offers an assortment of visualization and analysis methods, including interactive spectral selection, spectral similarity analysis, time-varying data analysis and visualization, and selective spectral band fusion. This paper describes our visualization software and how it is used to facilitate the tasks needed by our collaborators. Evaluation feedback from our collaborators on how this tool benefits their work is included.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5613485
Pages (from-to)1441-1448
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the support and efforts from our collaborators Roberto Padoan from the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands (NAN) and Marvin Klein from Art Innovation. This work was supported in part by the NUS Young Investigator Award, R-252-000-379-101, and the A*Star SERC Grant (SERC Grant No. 092 101 0063).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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