Fraunhofer innovations for cultural heritage – a pilot project with the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) and the Sächsischen Landesbibliothek, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (Saxon State and University Library Dresden) and further Saxon institutions.
The board project of the Forschungsallianz Kulturerbe (Research Alliance ‘Cultural Heritage’) “Fraunhofer innovations for cultural heritage” will be implemented until 2018 in order to preserve and restore Saxon cultural assets. The main focus lies on different fields of application.
Fraunhofer IGD and IBMT are responsible for coordinating the sub-project “novel digital 3D material and damage analysis”. IGD also supports the management of the entire project in terms of coordination and communication activities.
The project aims at the virtual presentation of objects including their intrinsic properties. For the first time, optical, electromagnetic, and acoustic methods are combined. Hence, information both on the objects’ surface, like their geometry, texture, and optical material properties, as well as on the objects’ inside are captured. Consequently, all the information is brought together in a quantitative, consolidated 3D model. This digital model proves valuable for restoration and can further be used for educational purposes and new exhibition formats.
The pilot project “Fraunhofer innovations for cultural heritage” consists of four subprojects. Core elements of these subprojects are :
- handling pollutants and dust in exhibition and storage rooms,
- developing a comprehensive damage and material analysis by combining 3D technologies,
- developing new materials to restore objects made of glass and enamel,
- restoring and virtually reconstructing manuscripts damaged during World War II,
- carrying out an analysis on the socio- restoring and virtually reconstructing manuscripts damaged during World War II,
- carrying out an analysis on the socioeconomic value of cultural heritage.
In this application-oriented research project, Fraunhofer institutes pool their expertise. Simultaneously, cooperation within the Research Alliance is strengthened. This interdisciplinary collaboration requires scientists and cultural heritage specialists to develop new solutions collectively. Furthermore, innovative technologies are put into practice and become fit for the market. Hereby, cultural heritage research is not only reinforced in Germany and Saxony in particular, but research in this field also attains greater visibility in society and politics.