Share3D: Sharing your perspectives, initiated in September 2018. It is an EU funded project (Agreement number: INEA/CEF/ICT/A2017/1568597, action No: 2017-EU-IA-0139), where Digital Curation Unit/IMSI – Athena RC is the coordinator. There are four more partners in this project; CARARE, NoHo, University of Vilnius, and Visual Dimension. All of them are active on cultural heritage and have the necessary skills and experiences towards the goal: to make cultural heritage assets available, online accessible to all, and encourage people to co-create share and experience cultural heritage objects via stories.
Therefore, Share3D enables users to use two newly developed tools – the Share3D Dashboard and the Share3D Storymaker -, each for a specific purpose and targeted on unique audiences. The 3D content that is available in Sketchfab can be blended with Europeana records (2D & 3D) and build a story for educational purposes, creative expressions, tourism, research.
TheShare3D Dashboard is a cloud based service that allows registered users to import their 3D models directly from their Sketchfab account, edit their metadata records as Share3D defines and save the changes. Then, the 3D models can be submitted to Europeana (Passing through an approval process by Europeana) and be publicly and open to the community.
The dashboard is ideal for:
Sketchfab allows the transition of its listed 3D models to Europeana via Share3D dashboard, expanding its value and role towards enriching and cataloging cultural heritage objects.
The Share3D Storymaker, is a cloud service tool that enables users to explore, create and experience 3D objects as stories, in a disruptive way. The Storymaker allows users of any background and experience to blend together 3D objects from Sketchfab, Europeana (2D & 3D), their own repository with images, and form creative stories by using any of the three templates:
There are guidelines that a user can easily access and follow starting from the signup process, creation, management and publication of a story.
The Storymaker is ideal for:
Beyond imagination, the storymaker can trigger the curiosity of people to learn how a preserved cultural object/monument/landscapes looks like (from Europeana) and view effortlessly every detail of it in 3D accompanied with the story around it.
We advise the reader of this article to visit the Share3D Storymaker webpage and explore the multi-thematic stories publicly available. You can read below, a list of top examples chosen by the template used.
A great example of a story that combines information and a tragic story of a cultural heritage monument is the one about Notre Dame de Paris. The story starts at 1163 a.c. when the construction of Notre Dame started, till April 2019 where a fire broke out and destroyed a big part of the monument. Viewers of this story can examine the 3D model of the remains after the disaster.
Another story is about the Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last emperor of Roman Empire. The story creator uses a realistic 3D model of the emperor and describes the armory of the era, shows the clothing through the 3D model coloring palette, and builds a story around the incentives of Constantine to fight.
An artist and the 3D view of his magnificent work are the focus of the story around Vincent van Gogh. The story describes the life, family of the artist and continues with a 3D presentation of few of the most known paintings like The bedroom, The Starry Night, and The Night Cafe.
The future of 3D art and cultural heritage seems to be a bright one. Creators of 3D models can expand the use of their work into different dimensions of creativity – AR, VR, fantasy worlds in gaming, immersive digital experiences in museums, simulation environments and so much more. As technology evolves, the outcomes of bridging culture with 3D technologies can be outstanding. Just imagine being inside a 3D monument of ancient era (i.e. Dionysos Theater), feel and hear the surroundings, enjoy Lysistrata, play of Aristophanes and feel the katharsis inside you.