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This section offers you background information about the state-of-the-art that forms the starting point for the research within INCEPTION. At the same time, it describes the knowledge context of the INCEPTION playing field. The contents will be extended during the course of the INCEPTION project. 


The digital model is expected to become the representation (forever, for everybody, from everywhere) and research needs to acknowledge the changing role that reconstruction, reservation and conservation now play in the representation of heritage and its analysis. INCEPTION models will be able to improve a greater understanding of European cultural assets as well as a direct reuse for innovative and creative applications. 
The 3D representations should go beyond current levels of visual depictions, support information integration/linking, shape- related analysis and provide the necessary semantic information for in-depth studies by researchers and users. 
The generation of high quality 3D models is still very time-consuming and expensive. Furthermore, the outcome of digital reconstructions is frequently provided in formats that are not interoperable,  and therefore cannot be easily accessed and/or re-used by scholars, curators or those working in  cultural and heritage industries.

Background search

The INCEPTION consortium is fully aware of the existing patents and standards related to the addressed research subject. The background search concluded that innovation of INCEPTION is not in conflict with the existing findings. Public knowledge and research outcomes and especially open source and open standard software developments will be utilised in INCEPTION in the most effective way, in order to avoid the invention of already existing tools.

Ambition: advancement beyond state-of -the –art

INCEPTION develops beyond state-of-the-art methodologies and tools for 3D data capturing, modelling and web-based platforms. INCEPTION focusses on developing new methods and tools for automated 3D modelling and analysis of European cultural assets starting from the the-state-of-the-art and proposing advancements of hardware and software tools, as well as new approaches and methodologies for Cultural Heritage 3D data inclusive access and exploitation by means of the Platform.​​

Prof. Roberto di Giulio
University of Ferrara, Italy
T his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 665220.