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Project ID: 507909
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THE NEANDERTHALERS Transforming Representational Cultural Heritage into Digital Media Popular Scientific Content and Developing A Visual Simulation Engine for Collaborative Real-time Exploration

Dal 2004-03-01 al 2006-02-28, progetto concluso

Dettagli del progetto

Costo totale:

EUR 4 448 000

Contributo UE:

EUR 2 650 000

Coordinato in:

Germany

Invito a presentare proposte:

FP6-2002-IST-1See other projects for this call

Meccanismo di finanziamento:

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Description

In the largest collection of Neanderthal findings in Europe, state-of-the-art virtualisation technology make fragile, dispersed fossils and artefacts easiliy accessible, independent on their location.

The main results of the TNT project are: NESPOS - the Neanderthal Studies Professional Online Service, the VISICORE Suite (tools for 3D visualisation and annotation) and the National Geographic ArchChannel, a dissemination Web portal.

NESPOS: Establishing the leading scientific network on Neanderthal research
NESPOS, the Neanderthal Studies Professional Online Service, is the first fully interactive inventory and catalogue of the Neanderthal heritage (fossil specimens and techno-cultural setting).

This service enhances the current knowledge on human peopling and bio-cultural evolution across Europe, facilitates joint international remote research on virtual primary sources and supports the preservation of the unique originals for future generations by making them available in digital form.

At the end of the TNT project in February 2006 NESPOS contained a variety of 3D scans of Neanderthal fossils, artefacts and subsidiary scientific data covering a major part of the most important Neanderthal excavation sites and objects from anthropological collections of cooperating museums. Additionally, the repository offers multi-scale scientific and documentary information (including thematic bibliographies) on the archaeological sites and their geo-chronological context and links to the main European-wide inventories.

A professional Wiki-based collaboration platform enables paleoanthropologists and archaeologists to exchange their Neanderthal research results and share ideas.

Since 1 March 2006 the Neanderthal Studies Professional Online Service is run by the NESPOS Society, an international non-profit organisation which will guarantee its further development and the sustainability of the most significant outcome of the TNT project.

The VISICORE Suite - Virtual archaeology at work
The TNT 3D visualisation and analytic applications are combined in the Visual Simulation and Collaborative Rendering Engine. The VISICORE Suite provides a tool collection that covers the whole scientific workflow from the topographics of an excavation campaign to the exploration and documentation of single findings and artefacts. Its two main components are:

ArteCore, the Artefact Exploration and Collaboration Rendering Engine, a complete virtual archaeology toolset with 2D and 3D visualisation routines, allowing for the examination of virtual high-resolution representations without touching and damaging the originals.
GeoCore, the Geofact Mapping and Rendering Engine, a map-based geo information system for presenting, exploring, and editing of archaeological excavation data in real- time 3D perspective. GeoCore is pioneering the digital excavation campaign.


ArchChannel: sharing the world's archaeological knowledge
The ArchChannel, hosted by TNT project partner National Geographic, is a cross-media Web portal into the cultural heritage of mankind. It adapts knowledge from historical and pre-historical science and archaeological findings to an interested layman public. It also provides information on how to actively use the relevant museums and archaeological sites, and therefore has the potential to stimulate cultural tourism.

A comparably rich and in-depth Web portal has not been realised before - neither on the particular Neanderthal issue nor on a broader archaeological scope. The spectrum of subjects relevant to archaeology and anthropology reach from the first Europeans (Homo heidelbergensis, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens sapiens) to the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Roman and Celt civilisations, the Goths and many other peoples and cultures, right through to recent archaeological times, spanning a period of over 500 000 years of cultural and sociological history in Europe.

Obiettivo

TNT is a combined RTD- and demonstration project. It has a technology -, service - and application strand. Technology-wise, TNT develops a Visual Simulation Engine, called VISICORE. VISICORE enables researchers in different locations to collectively explore and modify digital models of artefacts, sensor scans and other scientific data. VISICORE will also enable media companies to apply such technologies in commercial digital media applications. Service-wise, TNT will establish NESPOS - The Neanderthal Species Professional Exploration Service. NESPOS will streamline business processes in a range of European Natural History museums and will improve distributed collaborative working among European pre-historians. Application-wise, TNT will create the ARCH Channel - a cross media popular science channel for intelligent heritage and cultural tourism whose goal is to transform (pre)-historic and other archaeology related representational content into commercially viable and tourism related digital media applications accessible from a range of Internet and mobile portals. TNT will show how multiple forces can be combined to push the limits of research collaboration and media generation. While the VISICORE simulation technologies are applicable universally, in TNT they are used to improve access to Europe's cultural heritage, to promote intelligent heritage and tourism applications and to open up new revenue streams. VISICORE will be used to digitise, visualise, exchange and explore artefacts and objects from four European Natural History Museums specialising on the Neanderthal man. The content will then be repackaged and enhanced with different content and services from other sources to serve as kernel and reference application for a homogeneous (sub)-channel within tourism and archaeology related b-2-c portals. Finally, a role model is derived detailing how representational cultural heritage content may be transformed into digital media applications.

Informazioni correlate

Coordinatore

ART + COM AG
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 870 000


KLEISTRASSE 23-26
BERLIN
Germany
Activity type:
Contatto amministrativo: STEFFEN KIRCHNER

Partecipanti

PXP SOFTWARE AUSTRIA GMBH
Partecipazione terminata
Austria

Contributo UE: EUR 280 440


TECH GATE VIENNA, DONAU-CITY-STRAAT 1
1220 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Other
PXP SOFTWARE AG
Austria

Contributo UE: EUR 199 560


DONAU-CITY-STRASSE 1
1220 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Other
INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE
Belgium

Contributo UE: EUR 250 000


RUE VAUTIER 29
1000 BRUSSEL
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Patrick Semal
Tel.: +326274380
Fax: +326274113
E-mail
STIFTUNG NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 300 000


TALSTRASSE 300
40822 METTMANN
Germany
Activity type: Other
HASSO-PLATTNER-INSTITUT FUER SOFTWARESYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 150 000


AM LUFTSCHIFFHAFEN 1
14471 POTSDAM
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Juergen Doellner
Tel.: +493315509180
Fax: +493315509189
E-mail
G +J/RBA BETEILIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 200 000


KEHRWIEDER 8
20457 HAMBURG
Germany
Activity type: Other
Contatto amministrativo: Ralf bach
Tel.: +494037035520
Fax: +494037035599
E-mail
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

Contributo UE: EUR 250 000


3, RUE MICHEL-ANGE
75794 PARIS CEDEX 16
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Roberto Macchiarelli
MUSEE NATIONAL DE PREHISTOIRE DES EYZIES-DE-TAYAC
Partecipazione terminata
France

Contributo UE: EUR 0


B.P. N. 7
24620 LES EYZIES DE TAYAC
France
Activity type: Other
Contatto amministrativo: Bruno Maureille
Tel.: +33540008936
Fax: +33540002545
HRVATSKI PRIRODOSLOVNI MUZEJ
Croatia

Contributo UE: EUR 150 000


DEMETROVA 1
10000 ZAGREB
Croatia
Activity type: Other
Contatto amministrativo: Jakov Radovcic