An Integrated Approach to 3D Web Visualization of Cultural Heritage Heterogeneous Datasets

Argyro-Maria Boutsi, Charalabos Ioannidis, Sofia Soile
2019 Remote Sensing  
The evolution of the high-quality 3D archaeological representations from niche products to integrated online media has not yet been completed. Digital archives of the field often lack multimodal data interoperability, user interaction and intelligibility. A web-based cultural heritage archive that compensates for these issues is presented in this paper. The multi-resolution 3D models constitute the core of the visualization on top of which supportive documentation data and multimedia content
more » ... spatial and logical connected. Our holistic approach focuses on the dynamic manipulation of the 3D scene through the development of advanced navigation mechanisms and information retrieval tools. Users parse the multi-modal content in a geo-referenced way through interactive annotation systems over cultural points of interest and automatic narrative tours. Multiple 3D and 2D viewpoints are enabled in real-time to support data inspection. The implementation exploits front-end programming languages, 3D graphic libraries and visualization frameworks to handle efficiently the asynchronous operations and preserve the initial assets' accuracy. The choice of Greece's Meteora, UNESCO world site, as a case study accounts for the platform's applicability to complex geometries and large-scale historical environments.
doi:10.3390/rs11212508 fatcat:d26pkn5embeixnl5lwalfzqkza