last week I was invited in Athens to present 3D-Icons to the attendees of the eCult Winter Stage, organised by the eCultValue project together with the Acropolis Museum. The topic of the event was “Kore, what is your story? Advancing cultural experience through the use of ICT”. The aim of the stage was to encourage the participants to become the proactive mediators between technology providers and cultural heritage stakeholders, in order to promote and facilitate the ICT adoption in museums and other similar organizations for better access to and experience of cultural patrimony. The workshop was an interesting overview of the state of the art of several EU funded projects that focus on technologies for Cultural Heritage.
3D-Icons is an European project focused on the acquisition of 3D models of valuable cultural objects and their publication on-line on Europeana.
Europeana is a huge database of information about digital content held by European cultural heritage institutions, like libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual collection. Funded by the European Commission, Europeana collects contextual information (metadata) about the items. Users can search in the database and access the full content of the item through the original site of the institution that holds it.
Purpose of 3D-Icons is to produce around 4000 accurate 3D models of Heritage assets, which have to be processed into a simpler form in order to be visualized on low end personal computers and on the web. In order to achieve this result, it was established a complete pipeline which covers all technical and logistic aspects to create 3D models by exploiting existing tools and methodologies.
If you are interested in knowing more about the methods and the results of 3D-Icons, you can have a look at the Guidelines and Case studies here.