Victor Manuel LOPEZ-MENCHERO BENDICHO | Herbert D. G. MASCHNER, USA | May 17, 2018 | 10:00 am

Round Table: Open Data, Public Science, and Global Digital Heritage

Digital cultural heritage requires a two-part approach. First, the accurate and scientifically valid documentation of cultural heritage monuments and artifacts requires an integration of geospatial techniques, visualization, virtualization, and computer modeling with archaeology, art, and architecture. This necessitates both broad and specialized training of practitioners and creates, by default, a multi-disciplinary approach. Second, making these data useful, and making data and results available to the public is essential. This requires access to long-term digital storage and curation, easily managed databases, and the support of local and regional administrations. The public owns its cultural heritage. Public funding sponsors our work and we owe our citizens access to the results of their taxation.

The exterior photogrammetric model done from aerial images (top), and the interior terrestrial laser point cloud (lower) done with Faro laser scanners. Data used by the community of Mula to create plans for restoration

Over the last two years more than 60 sites and monuments have been digitally documented in central and southeastern Spain. Using terrestrial and UAV photogrammetry, high resolution laser scanners, and airborne LiDAR, we have collected over 40 terabytes of data and produced an extensive suite of outputs. Spanning the Bronze Age to the 19th Century, and including everything from Roman dams to fortifications, churches, public plazas, and bull rings, this project includes nearly every type of data and acquisition technique required for the modern documentation of cultural heritage. This round-table presentation and discussion will highlight the successes of recent work documenting Spanish cultural heritage, our efforts to make the data scientifically useful and publically available and will create a forum for similar projects throughout the world.

Global Digital Heritage (GDH) is a not-for-profit, private research and education organization dedicated to documenting, monitoring, and preserving our global cultural and natural heritage. We use digital visualization, 3D virtualization, geospatial informatics, and open access solutions to provide digital data and 3D models to governments, regional institutions, museums, local scholars, and the public. A key element of our mission is the democratization of science-we make all data freely available to the world in support of cultural heritage, heritage management, education, public access, scientific research, and to support of the digital humanities.

In the face of an increasingly hostile world, a global landscape where conflict and natural disaster are destroying our shared heritage at an accelerating rate, we provide 3D digital services to document and preserve places and specimens critical to our global heritage. We do this for free. We then return all of the data and results to the host institution or regional/local authorities who can do anything they wish with the materials.

Christian art on the walls of the tower of the Castillo de Alhama, in Alhama de Murcia, Spain. DStretch was used to enhance the digital images. Documentation for local heritage outreach

Join this round table if you are interested in the interface between scientific acquisition of 3D data and its transfer to the public for use at global scales of engagement. All regions and topics are encouraged to participate.

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