EUreka3D: supporting the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector


image CC-BY-SA Europeana/drawing Jeroen Meijer

The EUreka3D project, co-funded by the Digital Europe Programme of the European Union, addresses the growing need of enabling the digital transformation of the Cultural Heritage (CH) sector, in line with and complementing the scopes of the common European Data Space for Cultural Heritage. The digital transformation comes from a decades-long process of basing museum (and also in general Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums-GLAM) operations on solid information-sharing infrastructures, forcing an overall rethinking of the underlying work processes and business models. However, not all institutions have achieved the same level of maturity towards the new digital environment they need to embrace, and despite the covid19 crisis which acted as an accelerator of the process for nearly everyone in the sector, much work still needs to be done especially for smaller Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHIs).

image from European Commission website

The vision of a European Data Space for Cultural Heritage as a participatory playfield for all the actors involved (cultural institutions, technology partners, multidisciplinary experts, creative industry, scientific researchers, end-users) moves in the direction of modernizing workflows and digitization capacity of the cultural heritage sector at large, and requires CHIs of any size to enter the challenge of advanced digitization (especially 3D digitization in high-quality), holistic representation of CH information and re-use approaches. The existing services of the platform is a good starting point to support sharing and re-use, but an integration with more advanced, powerful and safe services is needed to answer to the demand of small institutions, as well as modern workflows and increased digital capacity are requested on the side of CHIs.

In this light, EUreka3D project focuses on improving the digital capacity of the cultural sector by offering a knowledge centre and a service and resource hub, based on a smart technical infrastructure whose services are registered on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). CHIs can access a virtual space of knowledge, can use storage and computing resources to manage their 2D and also 3D assets. Following the Recommendation 1970/2021 issued to Member States by EC, CHIs are in facts also called to improve efforts in meaningful 3D digitization, which they may not be fully acquanted with yet. A cloud-based and safely-authenticated environment as developed by EUreka3D will make it easier and more accessible for CHIs to create, manage, archive, preserve and share digitised objects, with a particular focus on 3D digitization and knowledge modelling for the semantically enriched 3D records.

3D model of Asinou church, courtesy of Cyprus University of Technology


The project will engage a variety of CHIs in a piloting action that will set-up and test dedicated cloud-based services for the management and preservation of cultural contents in a safe and IP-mindful environment. The pilot will also generate high-quality 3D digitization of selected items and their related para-/metadata ready to be harvested into Europeana, and perform their aggregation and publication online, also to provide exemplification of few cases for use and re-use in unique areas such as Education.

On top of that, the project will focus on the capacity building of the human resources of the museums and CHIs and develop unique training materials for the 3D digitisation, processing, preserving on the cloud and harvesting in Europeana, as part of a network effort, and by offering dedicated consultancy, webinars and training. Impact assessment and mindful sustainability planning will complement the effort of the project in enabling a long-lasting contribution to the digital transformation of the sector.


Leave a Reply

Related Articles

How the EUreka3D project supports 3D in the data space for cultural heritage – a new blog post on Eu...
  3D technologies offer opportunities to broaden access to culture, preserve our shared cultural heritage and spur creativity and innovation. In support of the Twin It! 3D for Europe’s culture campaign, the EUreka3D project tells us how they are supporting cultural heritage institutions to unlock the potential of 3D digitisation for their collections. Discover how with the blog post recently published on Europeana Pro The post offers a very interesting opportunity to explor...
Optical views: a way to travel through Europe - a new blogpost on Europeana
img. from Europeana website As part of the EUreka3D project, a blogpost authored by Helena Nogué (CRDI - Ajuntament de Girona) was recently published on Europeana. The blogpost showcases how optical views were used in 18th and early 19th century by people who were not able to travel in order to see the most famous cities and capitals of that time and to satisfy their hunger for knowledge. Read the blogpost here. EUreka3D project is co-financed by the Digital Europe Programme ...
The History of 3D digitisation - a new blogpost on Europeana
img. from Europeana website As part of the EUreka3D project, a blogpost authored by John Balean on behalf of Photoconsortium was recently published on Europeana. In the blogpost, a brief history of 3D and 3D digitisation gets addressed, starting from a cartoon by Roland Emett from Punch Magazine in 1953. The narration goes through different hisotrical periods and locations, from Ancient Greece to the present day, and it's an occasion to reflect on the value of 3D throughout history - a...
EUreka3D partecipating in EuropeanaTech 2023
EUreka3D project, coordinated by Photoconsortium, will be hosted at the conference, that will take place from 10 to 12 October 2023. The project will be showcased through a video presentation, currently in preparation, and the partecipation of EGI and their exhibition booth. This opportunity will be crucial to disseminate EUreka3D work, progress and service to the community of professionals, technical providers and other stakeholders operating in the cultural and creative sector. Europ...