Volunteers of the Initial Trianing Network for Digital Cultural Heritage have launched an initiative to save as many artefacts as they can after the senseless destruction of priceless cultural heritage in the Mosul Museum last month.
By collecting photographs of the statues, cleaning them up and applying 3D reconstruction techniques they hope to provide virtual representations of the pieces that are as close to the originals as they can.
Matthew Vincent is one of the volunteers behind this initiative, and I asked him today to see how our community might be able to assist. With our strong Cultural Heritage group and numerous experts in 3D scanning and photogrammetry, I felt we could offer our collective expertise to help drive this project forward.
Besides finding web developers for the project site, his main focus is finding a robust workflow for processing pictures from different sources. We’ll be starting up several projects on our Cultural Heritage forum to jointly research this and to develop howto guides for new volunteers on wiki pages.