The Virtual Light Table (VLT) is a software application currently being developed by Crossing Boundaries (responsible for coding and design: Stephan Unter) to provide a digital tool for the reconstruction of our fragmentary material. Based on the needs of our workflow, the VLT is a specialised software that allows for the analysis of numerous digitised papyrus fragments and the reconstruction of whole documents. A couple of things possible to do with it:
P. Turin CP1/002 + CP4/005, © Scan/Museo Egizio
At the end of the project phase, the Virtual Light Table will be published as open-source application.
More features are already planned for the future of the Virtual Light Table:
- Graphical filters: Sometimes text is barely visible, but with minor adjustments (e.g. contrast or transposition into a different colour space) more details become better visible. The Virtual Light Table will include several such filters to make the reading of texts easier.
- Automatic facsimile for text on papyri/papyrus fragments.
- Suggestions for papyrus matching based on machine learning results (cf. current research project on automatic classification and reconstruction of papyri).