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New perspectives to save cultural heritage
Altan, M. Orhan

CIPA 2003 XIX"' International Symposium, 30 September - 04 October, 2003, Antalya, Turkey
3.4 Priority for portable systems as benchmarks
3.4.1 e-heritage also envisages greater focus on the
advantages of portable PC technology on the work-site
foocumentation, project-management and decision-support
3.4.2 Thousands of heritage workers across Europe would
benefit from the creation and use of a common structured (but
multi-language enabled) software package that would also be
capable of linking up with and uploading/downloading data
with the larger databases harboured within state institutions.
4.1 Delivering the ICT infrastructure
4.1.1 The concrete deliverables outlined above require a
basic ICT infrastructure to be put in place as well as a concerted
design and development effort.
4.1.2 For much of the basic ICT infrastructure, e-heritage
will depend on the level of ICT development at the national
level in participating countries, but part of the infrastructure
may be developed and delivered as part of the e-heritage
project, where it is perceived that awaiting provision of
broadband communications facilities by third-parties would
hold up the project for an unreasonable length of time.
4.1.3 The first phase of e-heritage would seek to build upon
the success of the IKONOS project which currently links
Euromed countries such as Algeria, Jordan, Greece, Morocco,
Malta and the Netherlands. The objective here would be, over
a period of 18 months, to install SEVC facilities in participating
institutions in France, Poland, Hungary, Czech republic and
Slovenia. This would nearly double the IKONOS consortium
to 12 countries. It is important to emphasise that the facilities
and common infrastructure already established in IKONOS
would be extended to these other countries.
4.1.4 The second part of this first phase would see the
establishment of e-heritage pedagogic co-ordinators in each
centre and the installation of e-learning management software
in each country to enable tutors from each country to give on
line tutorial support.
4.2 Laser scanning & photogrammetry part of new degree
4.2.1 The discussion at the CIPA Working Group 6
Workshop and the ISPRS Commission V Seminar in Corfu in
September 2002 included mention of the need to set up a
Working Group on Education for Heritage Documentation.
This was in turn prompted by the need to train CHDS in the
various new sciences and techniques now available thanks to
development in ICT, a type of training which is currently not
being provided by most universities.
4.2.2 The second phase of the e-heritage project therefore
responds to these training requirements and envisages the
launch of the first B.Doc (Hons) course on-line. Here, Europe’s
first degree course on Documentation of Cultural Heritage
would be delivered across the e-heritage network.
4.2.3 This part of the project would not only use the SEVC
facilities established through IKONOS but would also build
upon Malta’s national investment in technology for
documentation of Cultural Heritage. MCR has developed
TheaLasermetry (fusing laser scanning, digital photogrammetry
and theodolite total station technologies) and this, together with
Digital Photography for Cultural Heritage, Radiography etc will
be taught across the network.
4.2.4 Students following the course in a number of countries
will then undertake stages across various parts of the network
learning how to use various parts of the technology hands-on
for the field-work and then learning and practicing the post
processing techniques in the computer laboratories in the
participating institutions.
4.2.5 MCR has already been involved in the testing of
prototypes of laser scanners and continuously provides up-dates
to functional requirements to leading manufacturers.
Participation by industry at this stage of e-heritage would also
ensure that the currently available European technology is up
dated and tested in the field through close collaboration with
the demanding cultural heritage sector.
4.3 An M.Sc degree through distributed E-learning
4.3.1 The third phase of the e-heritage project would see the
launch of a degree M.Sc Conservation Science across the new
platform where the teaching uses SEVC and e-learning
software established in Phase 1.
4.3.2 Practicum would be undertaken in the laboratories of
participating institutions and stages across the network, on the
same model as that established for the B.Doc (Hons)
programme outlined above.
4.4 Establishment of the e-heritage repository service
4.4.1 The first three stages of the project described above
will make e-heritage a reality primarily for institutional users
and students within the network. The fourth stage aims at
extending the “anytime, anywhere” reality to individuals, sole
practitioners, SMEs and field workers through the creation of a
new on-line database system. This database provides a triple
facility: The HerlTage database will permit all
conservation project data held by a public institution or SME,
including 2D and 3D images to be stored, managed and
accessed, on-line real-time if so required; Sole practitioners and SMEs, as well as other
institutions will be able to register and maintain a security copy
of their conservation project data on the HerlTage system thus
ensuring that they are enjoying complete off-site back-up for
their valuable project data.
For details about IKONOS visit www.ikonosheritage.org