In addition to the digital acquisition of cultural heritage artifacts in 3D, a web-based, 3D centered annotation system for their classification is being developed within the framework of CultLab3D. Through the use of semantic technologies, the digitized objects shall be connected via metadata with further external sources of information such as digital libraries or information from the web. Supplementary knowledge on restoration processes, art historical and cultural background and even on provenance research can be made available by this means.
In this context, the aim is to create an object and metadata repository infrastructure with which artifacts can be annotated in conformity with CIDOC-CRM and CRMdig. At its base is the 3D annotation system that emerged from the EU project 3D-COFORM. It is now being expanded by a variety of functions. Administrative applications such as the IVB (Integrated Viewer Browser) from 3D-COFORM serve the interactive semantic enrichment. This application, currently based on C++, offers the possibility to visualize scanned 3D objects and photographs of historic artifacts in appropriate viewers and to show text and metadata, respectively.
The 3D annotation system will be consolidated further. It will be web3D-enabled in order to allow museums to store their data centrally, so that all they need at their disposal is a computer with internet connection.