Auburn University: Building Science, Architecture faculty digitally preserving Alabama’s disappearing Rosenwald Schools

Auburn University: Building Science, Architecture faculty digitally preserving Alabama’s disappearing Rosenwald Schools. “In the early decades of the 1900s when racial segregation was the norm, almost 400 schools were built in rural Alabama to serve as educational facilities for African American children. These were known as the Rosenwald Schools and, between 1912-32, they made it possible for African American children to obtain a formal education in a time when doing so would otherwise be nearly an impossibility.”

Polygon: Assassin’s Creed Unity can’t help rebuild Notre-Dame, and that’s OK

Polygon: Assassin’s Creed Unity can’t help rebuild Notre-Dame, and that’s OK. “The damage to the cathedral was and remains extensive, but French President Emmanuel Macron immediately swore that it would be rebuilt. Following the fire, I saw more than a few articles pop up suggesting that the much-maligned 2014 video game Assassin’s Creed Unity could provide a way forward. Didn’t Ubisoft have some incredibly detailed 3D models of the cathedral lying around? Couldn’t architects, historians, and artisans make use of these boons? Well, no.”

Corridor Crew Scans an Entire Ghost Town With a Phone and YOU MUST NOT MISS IT

One of the YouTube channels I subscribe to is called Corridor Crew. The channel’s description is “We run a production studio based upon ingenuity, hard work, and friendship. Watch our ups and downs as professional creators!” Its most recent video was about using LiDAR to scan an entire ghost town. WITH A PHONE. Cerro Gordo is now available to view (and in some cases walk through!) at https://poly.cam/cerro-gordo . I watched most of the backstory video with my jaw on the floor. The progress made by LiDAR scanning apps is unbelievable. If you didn’t realize how far phone-based 3D scanning has come, do yourself a favor and watch the video or visit the ghost town online.

CBC: Hundreds of Blackfoot artifacts are held in British museums. Here’s how one project bridges the gap

CBC: Hundreds of Blackfoot artifacts are held in British museums. Here’s how one project bridges the gap. “In 2019, a group of researchers, Blackfoot elders and students from southern Alberta and Montana travelled to England to view Blackfoot items held in three museum collections…. Three years later, the culmination of the work undertaken is available on the Mootookakio’ssin website. The interactive website allows users to interact with historic non-sacred Blackfoot belongings that previously were only seen in museums.”

Heise Online: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly

From Heise Online and machine-translated from German: Endangered EU monuments should be digitized quickly. “The EU Commission is pushing for a ‘common European data space for cultural heritage’ to be set up. Endangered monuments and archaeological sites are to be digitized in 3D by 2030. By then, the member states should have converted half of their ‘most physically visited’ cultural facilities into a digital format.”

Input Magazines: How to scan objects in 3D with your iPhone

Input Magazine: How to scan objects in 3D with your iPhone. “With Apple rolling out Object Capture on MacOS and including advanced LiDAR sensors on the current generation of iPhone, it’s clear that the company is taking 3D scanning seriously. If you’ve never made a 3D scan before it might seem like a daunting process, but this guide will get you up and scanning with your iPhone in no time.”

Google Blog: A new dimension for cultural artifacts

Google Blog: A new dimension for cultural artifacts. “At Google Arts & Culture we are always looking for ways to help people understand and learn about culture in new and engaging ways. Starting today, we are launching a new feature through which our 2,000 plus cultural partner institutions can create guided 3D tours about buildings, sculptures, furniture, and more from their collections. With the help of 3D Tours you can easily whiz around historic sites, monuments and places of interest while learning about their hidden details and historical backgrounds – all courtesy of 3D data from Google Earth.”

Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites (Big Think)

Big Think: Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites. “Throughout history, countless artifacts have been caught in the crossfires of war, deliberately targeted by iconoclasts or swallowed up by the indifferent forces of nature and time. As a result, numerous non-profit groups and agencies — most notably, UNESCO — have sprung up to prevent the present from erasing the past. But while even the most well protected monument remains at risk of being physically destroyed, we now have a way to preserve them digitally.”

Natural History Museum (UK): Critical data from millions of insect specimens to be unlocked through cutting-edge 3D imaging technology

Natural History Museum (UK): Critical data from millions of insect specimens to be unlocked through cutting-edge 3D imaging technology. “Over 1.6 million of the Museum’s 35 million insects have already been digitised using 2D photography. These specimens have had their images and collections data (information about where in time and space they were collected and what species they are) made available to the public via the Museum’s Data Portal. However, this landmark project is expected to provide valuable new insights and information by providing the beginnings of a high-resolution 3D dataset for all living and fossil insects and their close relatives.”

Core77: Scan the World Offers 17,000+ Scans of Famous Artworks You Can Download and 3D Print

New-to-me, from Core77: Scan the World Offers 17,000+ Scans of Famous Artworks You Can Download and 3D Print . “Nefertiti, David, Venus de Milo, the Great Buddha at Kamakura. These are just a few famous works of art that have been digitally scanned, and the files made freely available online, so anyone can download and 3D print them. Scan the World: The Open Source Museum has made some 17,000 statues, sculptures, structures and artworks available on their site.”

Techdirt: Imminent Win For The Public Domain: Court Likely To Compel Musée Rodin To Release Its 3D Scans Of Sculptor’s Works For Free

Techdirt: Imminent Win For The Public Domain: Court Likely To Compel Musée Rodin To Release Its 3D Scans Of Sculptor’s Works For Free. “Back in 2019, Techdirt wrote about a fascinating case involving a bogus CC license on a 3D scan of a 3000-year-old bust of Nefertiti. The person at the heart of the saga was the artist and open access activist Cosmo Wenman…. Following his success in liberating the 3D scan of Nefertiti, Wenman is now trying to do the same with 3D scans of the works of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin.”

Sapienza University of Rome: Valeteviatores, digitized Latin epigraphs become a historical video game

Sapienza University of Rome, and Google-translated from Italian: Valeteviatores, digitized Latin epigraphs become a historical video game. “The project, coordinated by the University of Navarra, aims to acquire 3D scans of a selection of Latin inscriptions preserved in various Roman cities, from Portugal to Rome, passing through France and Spain, which will then be edited in a historical video game.”

Phys .org: Relics from Shakespeare’s home shared in new virtual exhibition

Phys .org: Relics from Shakespeare’s home shared in new virtual exhibition. “Archaeological discoveries which shed light on the life and times of William Shakespeare are being showcased in a new free to access virtual exhibition. 3-D-scanned artifacts recovered from the site of the Bard’s family home New Place feature in Searching for Shakespeare, an online museum exhibition curated by the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University in collaboration with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.”

University of Wyoming: UW Museum of Vertebrates Launches 3D Scans Database for Remote Research, Teaching

University of Wyoming: UW Museum of Vertebrates Launches 3D Scans Database for Remote Research, Teaching. “UW’s Museum of Vertebrates, located in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, and Coe Library Digital Collections recently released 65 3D scans, such as the skulls of eagles and bears. These images are available free to remote learners, researchers and teachers. The specimens can be viewed through augmented reality and rotated 360 degrees or downloaded as still images.”