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W
ORKSHOP
ON
C
ULTURE
AND
T
ECHNOLOGY
C
ONFERENCE
R
EPORT
P
ROFESSOR
V
ITO
C
APPELLINI
(U
NIVERSITY
OF
F
LORENCE
)
C
LAUDE
P
OLIART
(E
UROPEAN
C
OMMISSION
)
C
HRISTIAN
L
AHANIER
(C2RMF)
J
OY
D
AVIDSON
,
(HATII & ERPANET)
PISTOIA WORKSHOP ON CULTURE AND
TECHNOLOGY, FATTORIA DI CELLE,
PISTOIA, 3-4 APRIL 2004
T
he European Workshop on Culture
and Technology aimed to provide
delegates from the EVA Florence 2004
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conference with an opportunity to fur-
ther explore some of the major issues sur-
rounding 3D digitisation and distribution.
Over the course of two days, group discus-
sions and workshop activities revealed that
more work must be done on fundamental
research and on the establishment of indus-
try standards. Industry standards will be
especially crucial with regards to hardware
for high-quality digitisation, software for
image analysis, viewers with specific func-
tions, formats, compression algorithms and
colour accuracy. The eradication of `soft
barriers' and the commitment of stakehold-
ers outside the cultural heritage sector were
also seen as major hurdles to be overcome.
The workshop has led directly to the for-
mation of new co-operative efforts between
many of the workshop participants.
T
wo main levels of current activity
were identified throughout the course
of the workshop:
· Development and research into hardware,
software, conservation, history of art, res-
toration and preservation of 3D virtual
models.
· Awareness activities to disseminate the
results of research activities. The major-
ity of participants at this workshop are
involved in this area of activity.
INTRODUCTION
S
ponsored by Fondazione Cassa di
Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia, the
European Workshop on Culture and
Technology: 3D Content Digitisation and
Distribution was held at Fattoria di Celle,
Pistoia (http://www.provincia.pistoia.it/
CULTURA/FattoriaCelle/Celle.htm),
from 3-4 April 2004. This stunning open-air
museum of modern art is set on a hill over-
looking the Tuscan plain outside Pistoia and
was generously provided as the setting for
the workshop by Dr Giuliano Gori. Gori
began developing his outdoor collection
of installation art at Fattoria di Celle in the
early 1980s and now has over 60 completed
works by selected international artists.
T
he workshop was chaired by Professor
Vito Cappellini, Dipartimento di
Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni Universitą
di Firenze (http://www.det.unifi.it/) and
co-Chairman for EVA 2004 Florence, and
Claude Poliart, Principal Administrator DG
INFSO E5 Preservation and Enhancement
of Cultural Heritage, European
Commission. The goal of the workshop was
to discuss the state of the art and to identify
future trends in the field of 3D digitisation
and distribution. Representatives from sev-
eral European projects attended the work-
shop including BRICKS,
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CALIMERA,
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ERPANET,
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EPOCH,
62
MINERVA,
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ORION,
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SCULPTEUR,
65
ARTISTE,
66
and CRISATEL.
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The workshop opened
with general discussions followed by a brea-
kout session and concluded with feedback
from the breakout groups.
C
appellini opened the workshop by
stressing the important role that
information technology plays in improv-
ing the understanding, preservation and
dissemination of cultural heritage informa-
tion. Cappellini anticipated that this meet-
ing would lead to new collaborations, and
indeed stated that this was a key goal. He
insisted that co-operation across sectors and
disciplines would be necessary to push 3D
digitisation and distribution forward in the
cultural heritage sector.
P
oliart drew attention to the fact that
cultural heritage objectives will not
be covered by the third Call of the Sixth
Framework Programme. The Commission
has started a consultation process to update
the 2005-2006 work programme and
Poliart described a questionnaire that has
been developed to help reinforce the com-
mitment to cultural heritage in future Calls.
The fourth Call will take place in early
2005 and the results of the questionnaire
will contribute to shaping the research
agenda. The questionnaire is available on
the European Commission Web site.
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58 The Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts (EVA) 2004 conference
was held at the Palazzo degli Affari in Florence from 29 March to 2
April 2004 http://www.eva-conferences.com/
59 Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services
(BRICKS). For a project description, see http://www.minervaeu-
rope.org/events/parma/poster/VIpq.pdf
60 Cultural Applications: Local Institutions Mediating Electronic
Resource Access (CALIMERA). For a project description, see http://
www.minervaeurope.org/events/parma/poster/VIpq.pdf
61 Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network
(ERPANET) http://www.erpanet.org
62 Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage (EPOCH). For
a project description, see http://www.minervaeurope.org/events/
parma/poster/VIpq.pdf
63 Ministerial Network for Valorising Activities in Digitisation Plus
(MINERVA Plus) http://www.minervaeurope.org/
64 Object Rich Information Network (ORION) http://www.
orion-net.org/index.asp
65 SCULPTEUR (Semantic and content-based multimedia exploita-
tion for European benefit) http://www.sculpteurweb.org/
66 ARTISTE http://www.artisteweb.org/
67Conservation Restoration Innovation Systems for Image Capture
and Digital Archiving to Enhance Training Education and Lifelong
Learning http://www.crisatel.jussieu.fr/
68 Questionnaire http://www.cordis.lu/ist/workprogramme/
wp0506-consultation.htm