3D-COFORM: Tools and Expertise for 3D Collection Formation




The 3D-COFORM project will advance the state-of-the-art in 3D-digitsation and make 3D-documentation an everyday practical choice for digital documentation campaigns in the cultural heritage sector. The project addresses all aspects of 3D-capture, 3D-processing, the semantics of shape, material properties, metadata and provenance, integration with other sources (textual and other media); search, research and dissemination to the public and professional alike. A strong technical research program is complemented by research into practical business aspects: business models for exploitation of 3D assets, workflow planning and execution for mass digitisation, socio-economic impact assessment; and above all the creation of a Virtual Centre of Competence in 3D digitization. The VCC-3D will act as a catalyst in enhancing the sector’s capacity for mass digitization of 3D assets – the tangible artefacts of the physical cultural heritage of the world. The 3D-COFORM consortium brings together 19 partners, mainly former core partners in the EPOCH NoE, to form a world class team on 3D-digisation complemented by an equally prestigious group of Cultural Heritage organizations, with the Victoria and Albert Museum as a full partner and signed-up collaborations from the Louvre, the Florentine Museums authority the Museum of the Imperial Forums in Rome; World Heritage Sites in Cyprus and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The consortium also contains organizations tasked at a national level with helping museums move in these directions. C2RMF, the research arm of the French National Museums and CULTNAT the digitization body for cultural and natural heritage funded by the Egyptian Government. All these institutions have a declared intention to develop their 3D-digitisation capability in order to move forward on the integration of these assets into the infrastructure that is being enabled by initiatives such as Europeana (the EDL).

University of Bonn Tasks

Our group will contribute to the 3D-CoForm project within the following areas:

  • Dome-based acquisition of moveable, regular objects: the geometry and spatially varying BRDF of objects will be reconstructed from images using combinations of photo- and stereo-metric techniques
  • Dome-based acquisition of optically complicated objects: extent the dome-based reconstruction techniques by
    • shape-from specularity techniques
    • reconstruction techniques for transmissive objects
    • material segmentation techniques
    Furthermore, acquistion of spectral material properties will be invesitgated
  • Synthesis and acquisition techniques for extracting and transferring material properties from/to images and geometry
  • Development of textual and content-based material retrieval techniques
  • Last but not least we will implement techniques for efficient and preferably real-time visualisation of the acquired data

All acquisition techniques will specified and analyzed regarding their geometric requirements and integrated into the common repository infrastructure.


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