Open Heritage 3D
Yifei Wang (2023 Spring)
Open Heritage 3D is a project that aims to provide open access to 3D cultural heritage datasets for education, research, and other non-commercial uses. It is a collaboration between CyArk, Google Arts & Culture, and Historic Environment Scotland. It also helps content producers to publish their 3D data with minimal technical, financial, and legal barriers.
Open Heritage 3D was developed in response to the growing need to assist with the distribution and open access of 3D data for cultural heritage documentation, while maintaining scientific rigor, respecting cultural and ethical sensitivities, enhancing discoverability, and encouraging re-use.
Some of the sites that are available on Open Heritage 3D include ancient temples, historic monuments, archaeological sites, and natural wonders. You can explore them in 3D using your web browser or download them for further analysis.
Open Heritage 3D is a valuable resource for anyone interested in exploring, studying, or preserving cultural heritage in 3D.
Open Heritage 3D provides various services to support the 3D cultural heritage community. Some of these services are:
Data access: Open Heritage 3D provides free access to high-resolution 3D data of cultural heritage sites across the world. Users can explore, download and reuse these datasets for education, research, and other non-commercial purposes.
Data publication: Open Heritage 3D helps content producers to publish their 3D data with minimal technical, financial, and legal barriers. It provides guidance on data formats, metadata standards, licensing options, and quality assurance.
Data citation: Open Heritage 3D provides a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for each dataset. The DOI provides a canonical and stable reference that can be accessed and reused. Data use can be easily tracked and ensures that data collectors are appropriately recognized.
Community collaboration: Open Heritage 3D fosters community collaboration and knowledge sharing in the 3D cultural heritage community. It facilitates communication, feedback, and partnerships among data producers, users, and stakeholders.