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Thousands of Rome's Historical Images Digitized With Help of Stanford Researchers


An?18th-century?painting?of?the?Spanish?Steps?by?Francesco?Panini.

A team of researchers has created a digital archive to help study Romes transformation over the centuries.

Credit: Istituto?Nazionale?di?Archeologia?e?Storia?dellArte

Researchers at Stanford University have contributed to the creation of a digital visual archive charting Rome's evolution over the centuries.

The archive includes nearly 4,000 digitized drawings, prints, photographs, and sketches of historic Rome from the 16th to 20th centuries.

The archive was amassed over two years as a joint effort between Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Stanford University Libraries, the University of Oregon, Dartmouth College, and the Italian government.

The collaborators scanned and generated high-resolution images of each of the thousands of materials collected by Roman archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani. Every digital object was categorized and linked to a descriptive set of data for proper online storage and searching. The digital images and all associated descriptions are now permanently maintained in the Stanford Digital Repository.

The effort is part of a larger project to reconstruct the spatial history of Rome, whose goal is an interactive map connected to the digitized archival materials.

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