Training for Qatar National library, March 2018

We just completed a 3-days Training at the Qatar National Library from March 5th to March 8th. This event was made possible thanks to the generous funding from IFLA/PAC Regional Center for Arab Countries and the Middle East at Qatar National Library. See the announcement on the IFLA/PAC website. CLICK HERE

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Title: Practical Methods for the Scientific Examination of Library Objects
Dates: 3-days Training Course. 5-7 March 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

The Qatar National Library (QNL) invited all paper and book conservators from libraries, cultural institutions and museums in Qatar and the Arab world for this 3-day hands-on training with us, the Cultural Heritage Science Open Source. We got awesome participants from Lebanon, Marocco, Kuwait, Turkey, Oman, and Qatar. They were qualified as heads of different Library Departments: mostly Conservation and Digitization. As always, it was so inspirational to learn about their specific projects and plans to use our technical equipment.

The training was free of charge and was part of the 2017-2018 annual plan for the IFLA/PAC Regional Center for Arab Countries and the Middle East at QNL.

FIRST DAY: Reflectance spectroscopy

Reflectance spectroscopy (RS) is a powerful portable technique for the identification of pigments.
An RS spectrum shows the ratio between the intensity of the reflected light and the incident light for each wavelength. The RS spectra can provide information useful for pigments identification.

SECOND DAY: Technical Photography

Technical photography represents a collection of images realized with a modified digital camera sensitive to the spectral range (about 360-1100 nm). Different lighting sources and filters are used to acquire a selection of technical images, with each one providing different information about the object under examination.

THIRD DAY: Multispectral Imaging

Multispectral Imaging is used to identify and map pigments in polychrome artworks, and to enhance the reading of faded historical documents. Conservators can use this technique to distinguish original
sections in paintings and select the proper conservation procedures.

Archimedes – Scanner for Art

In this occasion, we delivered and installed for the Library our scanner for Art – Archimedes.

Training for Institutions 

Interested to learn our practical methods for art examination? You can invite us to deliver a training program in your location and institution. We have been serving a large community of worldwide institutes (click to see the list).
Contact us for info and quote.


Q. What kind of location would you need to host your classes?
A. We just have few requirements. We need a room that can be made dark. The darker the better.   We need to practice photographic methods such as UVF and IRF which require a dark space. We need power, both 110 (such as the US) or 220 V (as in Europe). Our equipment is designed to work in any Country.

Q. Should we also consider other costs such as materials?
A.  No, our quote will cover everything.

Q. Should we ask participants to bring additional equipment with them?
A. No, we provide the training with our own traveling equipment.

Q. We appreciate your work and our Institution would like to invite you over to learn your methods. We’ll pay travel and lodging. Are you interested?
A. We are sorry, but we cannot accept your offer. CHSOS is a non-governmental initiative and it is sustained only by the community of art professionals and institutions that request our services: the Technical examination of art, Training programs, and our Tools. Indeed, we receive a number of invitations from Universities and Institutions from many Countries which we would really like to visit, but we cannot provide our services without charging our fee.

Q. Should we prepare material (paintings, manuscripts, drawing) to be analyzed during the training program?
A. It is not necessary. We bring our set of test panels which are sufficient to illustrate the methods and practice. On the other hand, we strongly encourage the hosting institution to provide access to selected art or archaeology pieces to be tested during the training. We suggest choosing colored objects since they are the most interesting to be analyzed with our imaging and spectroscopy methods.

Q. We are an institution working mostly on manuscripts conservation and we are interested in your training. Which one is a more effective solution for us? Sending one of our staff to attend your training in Italy or request a training program in our place?
We recommend institutions to request a training program in their location rather than send one of their staff to our training program organized in Italy. Having CHSOS in your institution for the a training program will benefit all of your art professionals staff. Generally, we get contacted by conservation scientists who understand more these scientific techniques. On the other hand, our training programs are aimed at the large audience of art professionals without specific science education, such as conservators, art historians, curators, registrars. Consequently, while the training program is usually requested by the conservation scientists in the institution, the lectures are enjoyed by all the staff with different academic backgrounds.
This training is actually a valid means for the scientists to present and promote the adoption of these scientific methods among their colleagues. Conservators, art historians, curators, they all can see what these techniques can provide to benefit their respective research and conservation workflow. Another important point about requesting training directly in your institution is that we can actually visit your laboratory. We can suggest you specific tools for your particular workflow, we can indicate how to upgrade equipment that you already own, we can test and tune up your tools. The bottom line is that a training program in your institution has a much more assessable impact that just sending one of your staff in Italy to us.


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