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Subject: New site: Paper Identification Database

New site: Paper Identification Database

From: Istvan Kecskemeti <istvan.kecskemeti>
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Paper Identification Database
Launched in January 2006

This is an open database for all interested in identifying historic
papers. We are looking for partners for adding watermark and paper
history related data to the database. At the moment the database is
containing mainly paper and watermark samples of Finnish origin.

>From March 2007, the public can send us questions with images
related to identification problems of watermarks and historic paper
samples. Questions with digital images can be sent to
istvan.kecskemeti [at] evtek__fi and they will be published at

    **** Moderator's comments: I think it worth noting the
    background information given at the site.

       "EVTEK Paper Identification Database has been created for
        collecting data for historic and modern paper
        characterisation and identification.  Evidence of historic
        paper making and paper mills will also be collected. Not
        only data from water marks, but also details of laid and
        chain lines characteristic of hand made rag paper are
        documented. Size, colour and acidity measurements, fiber
        morphology and pulp type as well as paper sizing and other
        components in paper have their places in the database. Also
        images and detailed images of the paper samples are added to
        the database. One can do searches by several choices.

       "Besides the Database we collect information on the history
        of paper mill existence in different countries as well as
        detailed information of identification of papers from
        various mills (as PDF files). The Paper Identification
        Database is created by voluntary work. It has been created
        by lecturer Istvan Kecskemeti (paper conservation, EVTEK
        University of Applied Sciences, EVTEK Institute of Art and
        Design, Finland) and technically realised by students Samuli
        Toivonen, Paavo Pekkanen and Samu Lindholm in supervision of
        lecturer Aarne Klemetti from EVTEK University of Applied
        Sciences, EVTEK Institute of Technology. The first samples
        in to the database in November and December 2005 were loaded
        by 11 paper conservator students of EVTEK Institute of Art
        and Design and their lecturer Istvan Kecskemeti. ..."

Istvan Kecskemeti
Head of paper conservation education
EVTEK University of Applied Sciences

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:48
                  Distributed: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
                       Message Id: cdl-20-48-005
Received on Tuesday, 27 March, 2007

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