Virtual reality goes magnetic

The recent success of Pokémon GO made many people very familiar with the concept of “augmented reality”: computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps have largely used optical methods for motion detection.

Output of the working groups

How the work was carried out We first use our network to connect with a list of experts that are relevant to the thematic area. After getting in contact with experts, we have been through different steps to extract the needed information: First their precise status as...

VR spacewalk lets you fly over Earth

A new virtual reality experience based on Nasa's training programme has been commissioned by the BBC.Home: A VR Spacewalk lets you look down on the Earth from space before going on an emergency mission.BBC Click's Lara Lewington put on her VR headset to see what it...


KRAFTWERK will perform within the scope of an opening event on the 2nd of February 2018 on the subejct of „Museum | 3D | Digital“ , planned by leading experts of the public collection of art Dresden in relation to the question of the 3D – digitization in context of...

Digitisation: a simple guide for museums

Creating digital replicas of collection items has become part of the core work of museums. Whether you’re looking to add images to your collections database, create beautiful online exhibitions or share images on social media, this guide provides practical information for museums on creating good images of their collections using a scanner or a digital camera.

CIDOC 2018: Call for papers open

The annual CIDOC conference will take place this year in Heraklion, Crete from September 29 until October 4. The title of the conference is: Provenance of knowledge. Topics include: Object information as historical source Object documentation and archival resources...

Removing Borders with Virtual Reality

Storytelling is at the heart of what museums do and virtual reality (VR) allows them to take visitors on a journey that starts inside the galleries and extends across the globe. Virtual reality pushes the boundaries of progressive storytelling and education, placing the visitor at the centre of an experience.

Smart Cities and Linked Data

The European Union defines a ‘smart city’ as “a city well performing in 6 key fields of urban development, built on the ‘smart’ combination of endowments and activities of self-decisive, independent and aware citizens”. Amongst the key fields are smart mobility and a...

The potential of virtual reality marketing

As technology changes, new entertainment platforms are born. When pong, widely recognized as the first true “video game,” was released no one predicted that companies would be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on video game based advertising less than 3 decades later.

Open Digital Library for Traditional Games and Sports

Open Digital Library for Traditional Games and Sports is a project for the documentation and preservation of this joyful aspect of intangible culture in the digital era. Launched by UNESCO and Tencent, it is a unique oportunity for open-access contact with cultures of the world.

Historical Maps

Historical maps are one of the most valuable sources of the documents. It is very difficult to handle them due to the large size or consisting of many sections. For their digitization a special large format scanner with maximum width of 110 cm is required, which has a...

Mapire – The historical map Portal

Mapire enables the user to navigate historical maps of the Habsburg empire using state-of-the art technologies including Google Maps, Google Earth and OpenStreetMap. The main goal is to create an international collaboration to make this content available to the world...

Carnuntum App

Carnuntum startet am 18. März 2018 in die neue Saison und zelebriert die Eröffnung mit einer technologischen Neuerung: Die Römerstadt bekommt eine eigene Carnuntum App.

Female anthropomorphic statuette

Female anthropomorphic statuette discovered at Ştefănesti-Stânca Doamnei, Botoşani County, Romania, in 1974. Cucuteni Culture, phase B. Registered at the Botoşani County Museum. The statuette is preserved almost entirely, having the sole and the body. The head is...

Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy’ adopted at closing session of ICOMOS 19th General Assembly

The ‘Delhi Declaration on Heritage and Democracy’ was adopted at the closing session of the ICOMOS 19th General Assembly in New Delhi, India, on 15th December 2017, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium-Auditorium in New Delhi, India. The Delhi Declaration emphasized the understanding that people’s perspective is central to heritage, and the General Assembly declared that ethical principles have to be developed for heritage.

Mapire Historical Maps

Mapire enables the user to navigate historical maps of the Habsburg empire using state-of-the art technologies including Google Maps, Google Earth and OpenStreetMap. The main goal is to create an international collaboration to make this content available to the world in a common interface using latest GIS features.

Investing in our virtual reality heritage

Nine years ago I met Mike Gogan when he was helping to create a virtual reality version of Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon. The idea was to allow less mobile visitors to “visit” the interior of this important piece of English history even if it isn’t possible for them to climb the narrow stairs to get to the first floor.

Cultural Heritage 3D Modelling and visualisation within an Augmented Reality Environment, based on Geographic Information Technologies and mobile platforms

This article applies Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) to the field of Cultural Heritage (CH), aiming to analyse patrimonial valuation through Digital Representations (DR). It seeks to briefly introduce the importance of DR through the concepts of the individual’s spatial cognition (mental) and physical (external) perceptions.

Investigation of 3D Modelling Techniques

The rapid developments in the fields of photogrammetry, laser scanning, computer vision and robotics provide highly accurate 3D data. 3D models that can be created from such types of data are extremely effective and intuitive for present-day users who have stringent requirements and high expectations.

Spy satellites are revealing Afghanistan’s lost empires

For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits for fieldwork, as Taliban forces battle the Kabul government in far-flung provinces and security remains tenuous even in the capital. Yet U.S. and Afghan researchers are now finding thousands of never-before-cataloged ancient sites in the country, which for more than a millennium served as a crucial crossroads linking East and West.

Hidden jewels

Explore an Ecstasy of Beauty – Finnish Artists Travelling Beyond Europe 1882-1926 in our new online exhibition featuring artworks from the Finnish National Gallery.

Country of Winter 2017

Germany has been a long time supporter of Europeana both by contributing funds and also contributing content through its national aggregator. Recently Berlin saw the award ceremony of Germany’s cultural data hackathon ‘Coding da Vinci’.

The BYZART project

Successful in the 2016 Generic Services call, the BYZART project aims to digitise, catalogue and make available rich archive collections about Byzantine cultural heritage in Europeana

A deep dive into the race to preserve our digital heritage

Science Friday’s beautiful “File Not Found” series looks at the thorny questions of digital preservation: finding surviving copies of data, preserving the media it is recorded upon, finding working equipment to read that media, finding working software to decode the information once it’s read, clearing the rights to archive it, and maintaining safe, long term archives — all while being mindful of privacy and other equities.