Key Resources
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Historic England, Digital Image Capture and File Storage: Guidelines for Best Practice (2015).

3 x 3 Rules for Simple Photogrammetric Documentation of Architecture by Peter Waldhäusl, Cliff L. Ogleby, Jose Luis Lerma, and Andreas Georgopoulos (2013), CIPA.


CIPA Heritage Documentation. An ICOMOS scientific committee that promotes the application of technology from the measurement, the visualization, and the computer sciences for the benefit of recording, conserving, and documenting cultural heritage.

ICOM International Committee for Documentation (CIDOC). CIDOC provides the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation.


“Advances in Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging for Archaeology and Art Conservation” by Haida Liang, in Applied Physics A 106, no. 2 (2012), 309–23.

“Analyzing the Heterogeneous Hierarchy of Cultural Heritage Materials: Analytical Imaging” by Karen Trentelman, in Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 10, no. 1 (2017, forthcoming), 247–70.

“Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Materials Studied by Synchrotron Spectroscopy and Imaging” by Loïc Bertrand, Laurianne Robinet, Mathieu Thoury, Koen Janssens, Serge X. Cohen, and Sebastian Schöder, in Applied Physics A 106, no. 2 (2012), 377–96.

Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Analysis, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks by Filippo Stanco, Sebastiano Battiato, and Giovanni Gallo (2011), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

“Examination of Historical Paintings by State-of-the-Art Hyperspectral Imaging Methods: From Scanning Infra-Red Spectroscopy to Computed X-ray Laminography” by Stijn Legrand, Frederik Vanmeert, Geert van der Snickt, Matthias Alfeld, Wout de Nolf, Joris Dik, and Koen Janssens, in Heritage Science 2, no. 13 (2014), 13.

“Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging Technologies in Conservation: Current Research and Potential Applications” by Christian Fischer and Ioanna Kakoulli, in Reviews in Conservation 7 (2006), 3–16.

Multispectral Imaging in Reflectance and Photo-Induced Luminescence Modes: A User Manual by Joanne Dyer, Giovanni Verri, and John Cupitt (2013), European CHARISMA Project, published online.

“Reflectance Hyperspectral Imaging for Investigation of Works of Art: Old Master Paintings and Illuminated Manuscripts” by Costanza Cucci, John K. Delaney, and Marcello Picollo, in Accounts of Chemical Research 49, no. 10 (2016), 2070–79.

Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology by Sarah H. Parcak (2009), Abingdon, UK, and New York: Routledge.

Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage: An Introduction to the Application of Materials Science to Archaeometry and Conservation Science by Gilberto Artioli (2010), Oxford, UK, and New York: Oxford University Press.

3D Recording, Documentation and Management of Cultural Heritage by Efstratios Stylianidis and Fabio Remondino (2016), Dunbeath, Scotland: Whittles Publishing.

“Use of Imaging Spectroscopy, Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy, and X-ray Fluorescence to Map and Identify Pigments in Illuminated Manuscripts” by John K. Delaney, Paola Ricciardi, Lisha Deming Glinsman, Michelle Facini, Mathieu Thoury, Michael Palmer, and E. René de la Rie, in Studies in Conservation 59, no. 2 (2014), 91–101.

“The Use of Synchrotron Radiation for the Characterization of Artists’ Pigments and Paintings” by Koen Janssens, Matthias Alfeld, Geert van der Snickt, Wout de Nolf, Frederik Vanmeert, Marie Radepont, Letizia Monico, Joris Dik, Marine Cotte, Gerald Falkenberg, Costanza Miliani, and Brunetto G. Brunetti, in Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 6 (2013), 399–425.

“Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy of Paintings and Improved Reflectography” by John K. Delaney, Mathieu Thoury, Jason G. Zeibel, Paola Ricciardi, Kathryn M. Morales, and Kathryn A. Dooley, in Heritage Science 4, no. 6 (2016).

“Xenon Flash for Reflectance and Luminescence (Multispectral) Imaging in Cultural Heritage Applications” by Giovanni Verri and David Saunders, in The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 8 (2014), 83–92.