15th Virtual Systems and MultiMedia Conference edition:15 location:Vienna, Austria date:9-12 September 2009
Digital three-dimensional recording tools are widely used for the documentation, interpretation and dissemination of heritage places. Numerous papers at venues all over the world are being presented; this has provided an extensive literature of case studies and applications. However, beside English Heritage very little has been done in developing guidelines, and specifications for the information acquired by these devices that can cost-effectively served to conserve heritage places. This paper provides an overview of challenges facing three-dimensional recording and information systems in the protection of heritage places for conservation planners, 3D digital heritage experts, and information system developers. It emphasizing in the use of an appropriate recording to obtained truly visualizations of the state of conservation (or ‘as found’ condition) of the fabric of these places, as well, as identifying and underlying underlining the multidisciplinary sources of information needed to understand, monitor and protect these important remaining of the past.
Heritage conservation: information needs
‘The world’s cultural heritage is at risk-from climate change, natural disasters, inadequate conservation, tourism, armed conflicts and simple neglect’ (Addison, 2008).
Heritage information plays an essential role in the adequate preparation, implementation and monitoring of conservation strategies. Good decisions in conservation are based on timely, relevant and sufficient information. For this reason, the acquisition and management of information is important for the understanding of cultural heritage.
The ‘Concepts Essential to Successful Architectural Conservation’ compiled by Stubs (Stubs, 2009, p. 141) suggest that ‘documentation of ‘as found’ conditions, the history of the resource, and the conservation process being utilized’ for the process of conservation. Therefore, a heritage information system should aimed at:
• Provide reliable knowledge that permits the advance of understanding of the cultural heritage, its significant and integrity;
• Promote the interest and involvement of the people in the preservation of the heritage through the dissemination of acquired information;
• Permit informed decision for management and preventive actions prolonging the integrity of heritage places;
Other decisions for the correct management of the property, not discussed in this paper.