British Library and CSP comments that support fair use of Sinaiticus pictures and colour and condition info

Steven Avery

The purpose of the SART studies involve criticism, review, education and research involving the Codex Sinaiticus. Thus, the available information in the Codex Sinaiticus Project are an integral part of these studies, which fall squarely under "fair use". This occurs e.g. when the colour numbers are analyzed and when pictures are shown for demonstration of the colour and stain and streaking anomalies between 1844 Leipzig pages and the 1859 British Library pages.

And it is helpful to see how even the British Library and CSP saw further research as one purpose of the project.

Currently there is no answer to all these questions. It is hoped that future scientific analysis may help us to understand more fully the many issues related to Codex Sinaiticus
Created originally as a spreadsheet to aid search and analyse the information more easily, the information has since been transposed onto each digitised leaf on the website for future researchers to interrogate and interpret.

Parchment Assessment of the Codex Sinaiticus
It is the intention of the conservators to continue the analysis of the parchment features. It is hoped that with the availability of all the documentation data, it can then be used to compare the differences in folios across all holding sites and to help draw some further conclusions. There has already been some work done on stain mapping consecutive folios that are in different locations and these will also be compared for differences in colour and dimension in the hope that any disparity can answer some of the questions that still remain.

Overview of the conservation of Codex Sinaiticus at the British Library

Helen Shenton
Chair, Conservation Working Party

Parchment Assessment of the Codex Sinaiticus
Gavin Moorhead
May 2009
"....Gavin Moorhead, who was one of the conservators who worked on the project. He mentioned that initially there were plans to do a detailed study of the colour variance between parchment leaves, but for reasons of time and finances this was not followed through on, and instead the information was put up on the Sinaiticus website in the hope that researchers might be able to make some use of it." - Cillian O'Hogan, British Library, 3/13/2014 email"
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British Library - and other - modern comments on research and condition and colour
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Steven Avery

A hint to the BVDB contras.

Try to understand the (huge) difference between

a) “public domain” (which applies to the text of all ancient manuscripts, ownership
being irrelevant except that it can limit access.) And public domain applies generally
to all book and photos 75 and more years ago. And:

b) “fair use”