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Archäologie und Computer 2005. Workshop 10 Wien 2006. PDF-Files auf CD–ROM Preis: acht Euro ISBN 3-901232-78-8 Bestellung: Phoibos Verlag – Produktliste Workshop Archäologie und...

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A Successful Project: Cultural Heritage Investigation and Systemic Construction of Database Management in Trial Provinces

Xiao Dong Zhu (China Cultural Heritage Information and Consulting Center) The project – Cultural Heritage Investigation and Systemic Construction of Database Management in Trial Provinces organized by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage(SACH), has been finished by China Cultural Heritage Information and Consultation Center(CCHICC) as well as the four trial provinces successively, which are Gansu, Shanxi, Henan and Liaoning From 2001 to 2004. Gansu Province Though the trial, gatherings of above 3rd-level cultural heritage (including the third-level) in the museum have been done, including 106,492 items of character data, 141,431 2D image pictures, 450 video files. Among them, there are 3198 first-level items of character data, and 4821 first-level pictures. Shanxi Province is the firstly-developed trial province and has established provincial-level Information Center of Cultural Heritage Data. So far, the information relating to 1,212,017 articles of cultural heritage in the province has been entered the database. Henan Province has finished collecting around 100 thousand above third-level articles of treasure cultural relic in the museum, among which the data of the pictures has amounted to 1500G. Liaoning Province has completed the gathering and entering of the provincial treasure cultural relic in the museum. The data about 120,518 articles has been gathered, including 252.5 thousand digital pictures taken, 2600-minute photography data, which totally amounts to 640 GB. CCHICC is responsible for constructing the central platform for national cultural heritage data. The staff has worked out thoughtful working program and data, special construction layout such as Internet and software, and has established argument system of expert consultation. In addition, the related regulations and standard criterions have been set up such as Regulations on Trial Project Management (Draft), etc. State Cultural Heritage Data Center has been connected with the four provincial centers. Besides, CCHICC is actively developing training work so as to make staff preparation for the national spread-out of the...

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The Dutch Knowledge Infrastructure for the Cultural Heritage

Ronald Wiemer / Hans de Haan (Dutch National Service for the Archaeological Heritage, Amersfoort, The Netherlands) Since 1999 it is governmental policy to stimulate planners and developers to use elements of cultural history in spatial planning. The idea behind this policy is that historic remains should play an important role in creating spatial quality, spatial meaning and historical links. In the Netherlands this is expressed by a slogan: “preservation through development”. To implement this policy in planning processes a stimulation programme has been set up that finances initiatives that promote the usage of cultural history in development schemes. Until now about 100 projects have been executed. Nevertheless it is still not common practice to take existing cultural historic remains into account in spatial planning. One of the reasons behind this is the lack of awareness of the richness off the cultural landscape. The knowledge of the history of the landscape is not within direct reach of the policymakers, planners and developers that reshape the environment. To promote the usage of this knowledge we will have to make it more accessible e.g. bring it to the desk of the planner. The “Knowledge Infrastructure for the Cultural Heritage” (KICH) has this as its main goal. To reach this goal a number of projects have been defined that generate the necessary tools. Among these tools are an information model for the domain of cultural heritage, a webportal that presents a nationwide (GIS-driven) overview of historic buildings, archaeology an landscape elements and a thesaurus to facilitate searching in these sources. The information model is innovative in the sense that it is both applicable to geo-information and documentary information sources. As such it bridges the gap between the two. It complies with the standards for spatial planning and Dublin Core. In the further development Cidoc-CRM will be incorporated. In our contribution we will focus on the current development stage of the information model and we will present the website in which the model is...

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The Archeoweb-format: presenting archaeological heritage through the Internet

Johan Veeckman (Stad Antwerpen Archeologie, Belgium) In 2002 the archaeological service of the city of Antwerp (Belgium) decided to create a website, intended to inform the public on the archaeological heritage of this important Flemish city on the river Schelde. A first round up on this initiative was presented at the 2003 ‘Enter the Past’ conference in Vienna. Two years later it is appropriate to make a new evaluation. The Antwerp archaeological service, being part of the city planning and development department, is not responsible for presenting the local archaeological heritage in a museum environment. By creating a virtual museum the archaeological service tried to fill this void. The still growing number of visitors proves this website to meet a need of the public. During the past two years the success of the website continuously increased. At this moment it counts an average of ca. 200.000 hits per month, representing 6 to 7000 visitors. From a technical point of view a new back end was created making the website even more flexible to change and add information. All pages of the website are now database oriented and can easily be modified on line. Recently two other Flemish partners joined the Archeoweb project, i.e. the city of Ghent and the city of Mechelen. While Mechelen is still preparing its version, the Archeoweb Ghent is on line since the beginning of 2005. Thus, the initial idea of building a network of partners using the same format starts to take form. Our next goal is to find partners outside of Belgium and to create an international network. The technology is available to anyone interested in return for a very modest financial contribution. http://archeologie.antwerpen.be...

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Realistic representations of cultural heritage sites and objects through laser scanner information

Virginia Valzano1 / Adriana Bandiera1 / J.-Angelo Beraldin2 (1SIBA Coordination, University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy / 2Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council Canada,Ottawa, ON, Canada) When presenting the history of a heritage site or an artifact using multimedia technology, the use of spatial information is very important in order to facilitate an understanding of that particular site and the relationship between the elements constituting that site. In many cases, one has to model complex environments that have a rich historical content. These are composed of several objects with various characteristics and it is essential to combine data from different sensors and information from different sources. There is no single approach that works for all types of environment and at the same time is fully automated and satisfies the requirements of every application. A general approach combines information from historical material, multiple images, single images, range sensors, known shapes, CAD drawings, existing maps, survey data, and GPS data. This paper presents the work that was accomplished in preparing multimedia products for cultural heritage interpretation and entertainment. Data fusion techniques were applied to three cases: the Byzantine Crypt of Santa Cristina, Apulia the remains of Temple C of Selinunte, Sicily and a fully frescoed Neolithic...

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