ViHAP3D Exhibition and Workshop
Real and Virtual World in Dialogue
2000 Years of Ceramics in the Saar Region
September 15th to October 8th 2003
October 7th 10.00 - 16.00
Max Planck Institut für Informatik
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 85, 66123 Saarbrücken
Cultural Heritage in Europe
The cultural heritage contained in Europe's museums and galleries is one of the European Union's greatest assets. Europe holds the world's largest collection of artefacts and documents on the cultural heritage of mankind. Cultural heritage represents an enormous wealth for Europe which is often not fully exploited or even neglected.
In the past conservation has usually been a burden on public expenditure rather than a potential source of revenue. Access has been restricted to those with time and money for travel and study. Today, the development of advanced communications and information technology provides the possibility of improving public awareness and also earning revenues from these resources.
The ViHAP3D Project
ViHAP3D (Virtual Heritage: High-Quality 3D Acquisition and Presentation) is funded by the EU. The main objective of the ViHAP3D project is to develop computer graphics tools to digitize and present cultural artefacts. The generated high quality models can be used by researchers and experts (historians, restorators, museums...) worldwide for their research purposes. Furthermore, the models can be presented as virtual exhibits in museums or on their home computers via the internet. Now, European countries have the chance to present their cultural heritage stored in museums or on archeological sites globally by using advanced virtual reality (VR) technology which is based on the latest research results.