CAA 2021 – European Union Study on quality in 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage Roundtable

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CAA 2021 – European Union Study on quality in 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage Roundtable

June 16, 2021 @ 11:50 am 4:30 pm EEST

Convenor(s)

Thomas Rigauts, UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage
Francesco Ripanti, UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage
Douglas Pritchard, UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage
Robert DaviesUNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage
Dr. Marinos Ioannides, Director of UNESCO Chair on Digital Culture Heritage, Cyprus University of Technology

Description

Today, tangible cultural heritage may be irreversibly damaged or destroyed due to diverse natural and human-derived threats, ranging from pollution and earthquakes to improper maintenance or deliberate destruction. High quality 3D replicas of cultural heritage sites, monuments and artefacts can contribute greatly to the protection of our world’s shared heritage. 3D digitisation thus has a significant potential value in the field of cultural heritage.

By signing the Declaration of Cooperation on advancing the digitisation of cultural heritage in Europe at the 2019 Digital Day, 27 EU Member States have acknowledged the importance of 3D digitisation and information technologies for cultural heritage and the urgent need to use them to their full potential. The declaration also endorses a call for common standards, methodologies and guidelines for the holistic 3D documentation of 3D cultural heritage assets in Europe and beyond.

Beyond being crucial to preserve the memory of our world, tangible cultural heritage digitised in 3D can also be a significant source of new knowledge, in particular with respect to contemporary challenges such as climate-related impacts and resilience. Digitised cultural heritage likewise has great re-use potential in many sectors, including the creative and cultural sectors, and also in education and tourism. The innovative re-use of digitised cultural heritage can be a valuable contribution to a European sense of belonging and to European integration.

The UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at Digital Heritage Research Lab / Cyprus University of Technology is coordinating a consortium of key organisations from across Europe to conduct the first of its kind study on quality in 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage, fully funded by the European Commission.

The study aims to identify all the relevant elements for 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage, classifying them by degree of complexity and purpose or use. It will also cover the specific types of equipment used throughout the different stages of the 3D digitisation process, and all the types of relevant data, including geometry, colour, texture and materials.

This unique study focuses on the quality of the data as well as of the methodologies and system used for the survey. Its main objective is to map parameters, formats, standards, benchmarks, methodologies and guidelines relating to the 3D digitisation of immovable and movable tangible cultural heritage assets, considering the different potential uses, general-purpose visualisations and degree of complexity. The results of the study will enable cultural heritage professionals, institutions, content-developers and academics to define and produce high-quality digitisation standards and protocols for 3D data acquisition of tangible heritage.

To summarize, this initiative will identify and compile
• the technical parameters that determine the level of quality of 3D digitisation depending on different degrees of complexity;
• existing digital formats, standards, benchmarks, methodologies and guidelines for 3D digitisation; and
• past or ongoing 3D digitisation projects and existing 3D models and data sets that can serve as benchmarks for 3D digitisation of tangible cultural heritage.

Our proposed round table session will bring together outstanding professionals from the domain of the 3D data acquisition in Cultural Heritage to present the results of the study in 15 minute presentations and discuss with the audience the impact and added value in the European sector of Cultural Heritage.

Registrations

Remember to check the information about the registration fees at this page: https://2021.caaconference.org/conference-information/registrations/

To register, please go to the dedicated portal: https://smarteventscy.com/congress/caa/

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