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Scope of the Survey

The Index of 3D Projects is an evolving resource and offers a broad coverage across the Arts and Humanities subjects and 3D visualisation techniques. The emphasis is on visual and material culture. Three-dimensional digital resources that are the outcome of research and teaching within HE in the UK are presented in the context of relevant international collaborations and developments. In the first instance, one hundred projects have been selected, recorded with varying detail of information, and published online in September 2006. These have since been augmented by new records and links to websites which the 3D community may find of interest. Sources of further information about projects are given where available.

Archaeology and architecture have received the best coverage; this is indicative of the fact that digital visualisation techniques are well established in these two areas, both in practice and study. There are subjects in which 3D techniques are less popular, e.g. literature studies and music, but this is changing. Both past and current projects have been included. A number of early projects have been included to address the issue of long-term preservation and sustainability of electronic resources.

The model of the Old Minster in Winchester, Hampshire, UK, completed in 1986, is the earliest project recorded by this Survey. Created at the IBM UK Scientific Centre, the model is believed to be the earliest application in the UK of 3D computer modelling to visualise archaeological data. The current status and accessibility of early projects of this kind are offten difficult to establish, many have become obsolete; so it is good news that the Winchester model is to be released on a DVD.

The survey features many projects that have been carried out in the last few years and also includes work in progress. The surveyed projects vary in scale and scope. Virtual Pasts is a series of projects concerned with digital reconstruction of single buildings, carried out by postgraduate students at the University of Southampton, UK, while The Michelangelo Project exemplifies an international collaboration on a large scale. Amongst well-publicised, award winning projects is the 3D visualisation of a mummified Egyptian girl. Created by a group of researchers led by radiologists at the Stanford University, California, it was the winner of the 2006 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, an annual competition sponsored by the Science magazine and the US National Science Foundation.

Information about 3D projects and methods can also be found in the AHDS Database of ICT Projects and Methods. The Heritage3D Project publishes study cases that involve application of 3D laser scanning for archaeology and architecture.

September 2006