3D-ICONS Project Progress

3D Icons has now been underway for 1 year, here are some of our highlights, results and progress to date.

3D-ICONS Project Progress

At the beginning of March, 3D-ICONS held its annual Project Meeting at the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels, courtesy of partner KMKG . This event provided an opportunity for everyone to discuss progress to date and plan the work for the upcoming months. The tasks of WP2 were almost completed with the release of the Deliverable 2.1 – Digitisation Planning , and a number of Case Studies had been selected by CETI and FBK to cover the range of likely monuments and details by size, material and location which also necessitated a variety of acquisition methods. 

Digitisation was progressing well and once the numbers were added up from each of the partners, the overall amount of content produced in year 1 was on target. Polimi had made some initial tests on the digitisation of museum objects under various lighting conditions and were happy with the results obtained. The thorny issue of IPR was already apparent in that some partners had already had to make substitutions of planned content and others were still in discussion with some of the IPR holders, but overall the planned contributions are looking good.

One major output from the first year has been the CARARE 2.0 schema where the original CARARE Schema has had some overall minor modifications to improve it and then also extended to accommodate additional information required by 3D models, generally paradata as defined by the London Charter. This includes data about the process used to acquire and create the model. A full description has been published in D6.1 Report on Thesauri and Metadata . NTUA are now updating the MINT tool to accommodate CARARE 2.0 and the first training days for using MINT for creating and mapping metadata will be held at the end of June in Xanthi, Greece. 

VisDim reported on the latest developments with 3D viewing formats, noting that there had been some security problems with PDF and the latest browsers and that HTML 5 was now becoming more stable as demand for 3D viewing is being driven by mobile and tablets. Other presentation solutions such as WebGL and SpiderGL may also be suitable for certain applications. As the technology is developing so rapidly, it is necessary to monitor all the applications closely in order to decide which output formats will be best for 3D-ICONS. 

MDR gave a summary of dissemination activities, pointing out that 3D-ICONS is a subject of great interest which has already provided some good news stories on the website and material on YouTube. There are a number of events and conferences in the coming year, such as Digital Heritage 2013 in Marseille. 

The issue of recording and monitoring progress and output was a major topic of discussion.  As part of WP2, CNR has produced a database for the partners to record their existing 3D datasets based upon the Entity (archaeological site or monument) and Detail (smaller objects and details belonging to the entity) model developed in3D-ICONS, this being the most efficient way to manage a large amount of complex data. Since it is necessary to continue the monitoring of the whole production pipeline, the database is now being extended by CETI to cover the different phases such of 3D model production such as digitisation, processing and post-processing, creation of metadata and publication to Europeana. 

By the end of the two days, the partners had covered a lot of activities and had plenty to think about and implement on returning home.

3D-ICONS Project Review 

The First Year Technical Review for the 3D-ICONS project was held in Luxembourg on the 24th May. The Review went well and the project was congratulated on the success of its first year. Some good advice was provided by the reviewers with respect to maintaining the momentum, especially as all the partners will be heavily involved in the acquisition and processing of data and creating 3D models. This will require careful project management, supported by a database for monitoring progress and with a watchful eye on the inherent risks involved in this type of leading-edge and complex project.