Digitization serves as the basis of subsequent image processing and pattern recognition for the virtual reconstruction of damaged documents. It also enables damage-free digital backups of information contained in fragile documents and fragments. MusterFabrik Berlin has developed a novel digitizing unit for single sheets of written material and fragments. It fulfills the special digitization requirements for the subsequent reconstruction process and also allows for damage-free handling of fragile original documents as well as the efficient processing of large quantities of fragments.zum Thema
After the digitization of the fragments, the image processing results can be visualized for (further) scientific use and quality assurance as well as effective presentations. The MusterFabrik Berlin offers customized graphical user interfaces that can be adapted to the respective application context.zum Thema
A manual restoration of fragile, damaged and fragmented documents is often not possible. The use of computer-aided methods is necessary in order to process and reconstruct such large quantities of fragments. However, since there have been no computer-based solutions for such an application scenario, it is not possible to make use of existing scientific or industrial solutions. For this reason, the MusterFabrik Berlin has designed assistance systems for the digital reconstruction of damaged cultural assets and applied them to customer-specific applications. They are based on novel methods of digital image processing and pattern recognition developed and tested by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK.zum Thema
The MusterFabrik Berlin provides methods to improve the legibility of documents that are faded, damaged by fire or water or have content that is simply hard to identify. Those mothods include the use of various optimized digitizing technologies as well as the use of image processing and pattern recognition methods. Damage-specific multispectral digitization technologies make it possible to preserve valuable fire- or water-damaged documents and secure the information contained in them. Since this process uses no chemicals but only light spectra (for example, in the infrared and ultraviolet wavelength ranges), this procedure does not cause any further loss of substance or information to the original document.zum Thema
In cooperation with the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Fraunhofer IPK, the MusterFabrik Berlin is currently developing methods for analyzing the context-specific structure of image patterns in digitized manuscripts in order to be able to make qualitative statements about the respective author or content.zum Thema
Thanks to innovative digital methods, the MusterFabrik Berlin is a unique service provider for the reconstruction of damaged cultural assets. This young company committed to the preservation of damaged works focuses on learning methods in digital image processing and pattern recognition. Document fragments can thus be digitally reassembled and restored to legibility and usability.
Cultural institutions such as the Historical Archives of the City of Cologne, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hanover, the Mesrop-Maschtoz Institute (Matenadaran) in Yerevan, Armenia or the Foundatión IWO in Buenos Aires, Argentina now rely on those technologies and the cooperation with the MusterFabrik Berlin.
The technologies used by the MusterFabrik Berlin are based on the methods for virtual reconstruction developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK. In addition to software development, the MusterFabrik Berlin also realizes selected projects in the field of special machine construction, such as the development of a digitization unit for the reconstructive digitization of document fragments.
To our knowledge, the MusterFabrik Berlin has no competitors in its field of expertise.