(Technische Universität Darmstadt, Digita Design Unit, Darmstadt, Germany)

Keywords: Virtual Reconstruction, Documentation, Standards, Online Tool, Scientific

Based on the absence of standards for scientific documentation of virtual reconstructions and the lack of such documentations themselves, the goal was to develop a clearly user friendly and easy understandable online tool which can be used without any prior knowledge or specific software know-how.
In the course of the recording of the reconstruction process, the outcome (model) is divided into several different areas. For each of these areas one or more alternative solution can be documented in order to explain how the model has been setup.
Every final outcome (or variant) of the reconstructive hypotheses is represented by the set of images of the reconstruction and the relative documentary sources. Both are linked up by the verbal argumentation.
The paper will present the elaboration of the project and the discussions of the involved partners concerning some of principal question related to imaging the past:• What should be the intellectual, the technical and the aesthetic approach to ensure the transparency of hypothetical reconstructions process?

• What would be the appropriate way of representing (a) the level of confidence of geometric 3D modeling in hypothetical reconstructions, (b) different type or level of uncertainty and (c) chronology?
• What would be the best way to ensure the transparency related to evidence data, archival documents, and conjectural interpretations?
• What ought to be a reasonable categorization of plausibility of reconstructions?
• What would be the best way to use the interface as a communication tool during the reconstruction process which will be at the end already the documentation?

The ongoing development and implementation of the web-based platform could be starting point for discussion on possible solutions in order to raise effectiveness of knowledge transfer using visual means in the field of virtual reconstruction.

Relevance for the conference: Discussions of scientific documentations and standards are needed in the field of digital heritage.
Relevance for the session: There is still a lack of scientific documentations of virtual reconstructions and their standards has to be discussed.
Innovation: The proposed minimal standard for documentation is still new in the field of virtual reconstructions and is one answer to a needed scientific documentation.

  • Pfarr-Harfst, Mieke / Grellert, Marc: The Reconstruction – Argumentation Method: Proposal for a Minimum Standards of Documentation in the Context of Virtual Reconstructions, in: Ioanides, Marinos / u.a. (Hg.), Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection, Heidelberg, Berlin 2016, S. 39-50
  • Pfarr, M.: Dokumentationssystem für digitale Rekonstruktionen am Beispiel der Grabanlage Zhaoling, Provinz Shaanxi, China. TUprints, Darmstadt (2010).