(University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Dresden, Germany)

Keywords: documentation, digital reconstruction, graph database, CIDOC CRM, web application

We propose a documentation tool for use in 3D reconstruction projects to support frequent tasks in digital reconstruction processes. Digital reconstruction is becoming ever more common in archaeology, architecture and other disciplines. Lost, but also present structures are being visualized to enhance the understanding of artifacts and point out historical and constructional relationships of the objects under consideration. Furthermore, the process of reconstruction leads to an aggregation of knowledge, becoming a substantial part of historical research.
Reconstruction projects today often lack a proper, traceable, rigorously applied — therefore valuable — documentation practice. In a completed reconstruction, sources and references of design decisions may only be available to experts involved in the project. The proposed documentation software enables scientists and engineers to impart this implicit knowledge to be usable beyond the reconstruction phase. Our tool aims mainly to facilitate documentation and development processes in such a way that the input of data becomes simple and intuitive. We provide both a collaboration platform and a research environment, complying with guidelines and metadata standards, such as the London Charter principles and the CIDOC CRM.