Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of the 3D Icons newsletter!

3D-ICONS is a project funded under the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme and will be using 3D techniques to digitise  UNESCO World Heritage Sites and to provide content to Europeana.  Just before the holidays we have lots of interesting things to share, like news from partners and the first 3D digital objects becoming available in Europeana.

In this issue:

  • Scanning under way!   Many of the partners have started scanning work at the different sites the project will visit. In this issue we highlight a few of the sites and the work done so far.  Read more
  • Recording the equinox at Puente Tablas.  On Sunday Sept 23, 2012, CAAI (University Institute for Iberian Archaeology, University of Jaén ) recorded the equinox event at an excavated temple in the oppidum of Puente Tablas near Jaén in Andalusia, Spain.  Read more
  • Interview with Dr Anestis Koutsoudis.   On the website of SPAR an interesting interview with Dr. Anestis Koutsoudis was published last September. He talks about past, present and  future development in 3d technology, especially in relation to the 3D Icons project.  Read more .
  • Laser scan of Dromeg Stone Circle.  The Discovery Programme scanned the Dromberg Stone Circle.  You can read the full story here .
  • First 3D contents in the Europeana portal.  The first 3D objects  are now accessible on the Europeana portal.  The objects are being provided by the 3D-Coform and CARARE projects and include an interesting and varied selection of content, including 3D PDFs, VRML/X3D and X3DOM.  
    The content from CARARE   includes material from the virtual Amarna project from the Archaeology Data Service and Byzantine Churches, Castles and historic buildings digitised by CETI  .  The content from 3D-COFORM  includes content from the Indian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Public Monuments and Sculptures Association.
  • The 3D digitization of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa, France .  Livio de Luca wrote an interesting article about the different technologies applied in the scanning of this Abbey. The results form the basis for  a comprehensive representation of the abbey with geometric/visual exigencies equilibrium suitable for the requirements of real time 3D visualization, which can be found  here .
  • Hot off the press.   The paper "3D-ICONS: World Heritage Sites for Europeana - Making Complex 3D Models Available to Everyone", authored by Andrea D'Andrea, Franco Nicolucci, Sheena Bassett and Kate Fernie, and published on the the VSMM2012 proceedings, is now available and searchable on the IEEE portal . It can also be found here .

Upcoming events

  • IEEE Virtual Reality 2013 :  International conference and exhibition on virtual reality, March 16 - 23 Orlando Florida.
  • CAA 2013 : The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Annual Conference will be held in Perth, Australia from 25th to 28th March 2013

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Best wishes for 2013 from all in the 3D ICONS project!