Duration: 01/12/2008 – 30/11/2012
Funding: sponsored under the Europeans Commission’s 7th Framework (FP7-ICT-231809)


The project addresses all aspects of 3D-capture, 3D-processing, the semantics of shape, material properties, metadata and provenance, integration with other sources (textual and other media); search, research and dissemination to the public and professional alike. A strong technical research program is complemented by research into practical business aspects: business models for exploitation of 3D assets, workflow planning and execution for mass digitisation, socio-economic impact assessment; and above all the creation of a Virtual Centre of Competence in 3D digitisation.

The establishment of the Virtual Competence Centre aims at bringing together the expertise and the technological resources necessary to support:

  • mass digitisation of tangible cultural heritage objects, through benchmarking and validating technologies, defining workflows and procedural standards as well as plans for quality recognition of 3D digital artefacts and collections;
  • professional development through designing and developing education and training programs that provide cultural institutions with a deeper understanding of the potential of 3D technologies in cultural heritage.

The 3D-COFORM consortium brings together 19 partners with sound expertise in 3D-digisation complemented by a representative group of Cultural Heritage organisations

Marco Berni from the Institute and Museum of the History of Science (IMSS) is a member of the Sector Advisory Board