Digital 3D reconstructed models A proposition for structuring visualisation workflows using semantic technologies for recommendations

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Stefanie Wefers
Ashish Karmacharya
Mieke Pfarr-Harfst
Frank Boochs


It is common for cultural heritage applications to use spatial and/or spectral data for documentation, analysis and visualisation. Knowledge on data requirements coming from the cultural heritage application and technical alternatives to generate the required data based on object characteristics and other influencings factors paves the way for the optimal selection of a recording technology. It is a collaborative process requiring knowledge of experts from cultural heritage domains and technical domains. Currently, this knowledge is structured and stored in an ontology (so-called COSCHKR). It has the purpose to support CH experts not familiar with technologies through prescribing an optimal spatial or spectral recording strategy adapted to the physical characteristics of the cultural heritage object and the data requirements of the targeted CH application. The creation of digital 3D reconstructed models for analysis and visualisation purposes is getting more and more common within humanities disciplines. Therefore, an implementation of mechanisms involved in visualisation applications into this ontology would have huge benefits in creating a powerful recommendation solution. A structured view on such project workflows facilitates a rough match with the existing knowledge representation. Illustrating the overall structure of COSCHKR, this paper addresses and discusses challenges in structuring the processes of cultural heritage visualisation and implementing these into the ontology.


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Wefers, S., Karmacharya, A., Pfarr-Harfst, M., & Boochs, F. (2017). Digital 3D reconstructed models A proposition for structuring visualisation workflows using semantic technologies for recommendations. Studies in Digital Heritage, 1(2), 537–546.
Special Issue "Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2016"
Author Biographies

Stefanie Wefers, i3mainz - Institute for spatial information and surveying technology, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany

research associate

Ashish Karmacharya, i3mainz - Institute for spatial information and surveying technology, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany

research associate

Mieke Pfarr-Harfst, TU Darmstadt, Germany

research associate

Frank Boochs, i3mainz - Institute for spatial information and surveying technology, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, Germany

Professor and managing director


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