The EC funded project CEMEC aims at creating a close and cost-effective network between nine European museum collections, six technical partners and further research institutions in order to examine both the connections between Early Medieval collection objects (300-1000 AD) and the objects’ regions of origin with the aid of innovative IT solutions. Within the frame of CEMEC, a mobile exhibition will be realized at three different venues, including 10 objects of outstanding quality of each participating museum collection. Furthermore, five national presentations covering generic curatorial content will be given by the participating museums and their partner institutions.
An integral part of the project is to find new possibilities for the digital acquisition and preparation of data with regard to museum objects as well as using digital technologies for innovative exhibition concepts. Pilot studies, such as the ones undertaken in the context of the EU project VMusT or at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, have shown that the use of digital technologies in the exhibition context enables museums to reach new visitor groups and can lead to a more profound understanding of the collections’ correlations. In hybrid exhibitions, for instance, virtual representations serve to complement the real, physical collection items. Therefore, CEMEC provides new business models and ideas for exceptional exhibitions which maximize visitor experience and successfully attract a larger number of visitors.
Fraunhofer IGD will provide digitization technologies such as CultLab3D to help digitize museum artifacts from different collections in 3D. In the process, the objects’ geometry and texture as well as optical material properties will be captured. The 3D models will subsequently be available for further adaptation and usage within the presentations that are part of the project’s scheme. Fraunhofer IGD will work closely with the Virtual Heritage Lab (project partner CNR-ITABC) to ensure a best possible fit of the models to the digital content production.