On the 29th of March, the project team and partners met at the National Gallery in London for the Workshop “Digital Infrastructure and User Requirements”. In this, we discussed the aims of the project and the activities proposed as well as the initial set of requirements for a trusted 3D data service. After two years of the pandemic, it was very positive to meet in a hybrid modality to share experiences, needs and visions for the future.
The workshop described initial project findings looking at how complex 3D data resulting from AHRC research remains difficult to find and possibly disappears after a few years. The workshop also explored various examples of projects which generate complex 3D datasets, and the needs for infrastructure to store, manage and access these large multi-part, and multi-format datasets which describe the creation process, as in the various steps involved in the digitisation of an artefact into a 3D model, or the project files for their visualisation in an immersive environment or a simulation.
We referred to this content as complex multidimensional representational data and describe its complexity by describing its according to two axes: 1) the type of data (e.g. 2D/3D/4D), and 2) whether it is produced by a digitisation process or born digital.
Other examples of infrastructure were presented including European-wide and national infrastructure. The US MorphoSource infrastructure, which we are fortunate to have as part of the research project, was also presented to attendees who had a chance to ask practical questions on setting up and using such infrastructures. Julie Winchester presented MorphoSource infrastructure, which will be tested during the scoping activities.
We also explored synergies with the IIIF-3D community group, which is also part of the team and is currently developing an interoperable framework for viewing, searching, discovering, and annotating 3D data.
The workshop also involved round tables where partners, including GLAM and HEI institutions, had the opportunity to identify stakeholders and discuss their future research needs.
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