The project is promoting clustering with digital cultural heritage projects, semantic web projects, digital library projects. At the moment, SCULPTEUR is in contact with:

DADDI  (Digital Archive through Direct Digital Imaging)

The project has recently been presented at UNESCO in Paris as a model of digital archive for the preservation of cultural heritage assets. The project is about researching and developing technologies and methodologies necessary for the creation of a ultra-high resolution (at least 8,000 x 8,000 pixel with 48 bit colour depth) digital image archive where each image is digitally watermarked for copyright protection. An outcome of the project will be the complete digital archive of the collections of the Uffizi Gallery (about 2,000 works of art). The project which started in 1999 in its experimental stage is now formally ongoing. Besides CENTRICA which is technical developer, the project, sees the participation of Florence’s Superintendency for Cultural Heritage (beneficiary of the final archive), the Advanced Technology Department of the Uffizi Gallery (general management, identification of criteria methods and technologies of digital capture, archival procedures, fruition), Toppan Printing Co. Ltd (contribution of technical know-how, high resolution digital images taken at their expense ), Laboratorio Comunicazioni e Immagini (LCI) of the Department of Electronic Engineering (DET) of the University of Florence (digital watermarking software development), Phase One A/S (technical sponsor, digital cameras), Seiko Epson Corporation (technical sponsor, printing systems for colour proofing). 

ARCO (Augmented Representation of Cultural Objects)

ARCO is focused on developing innovative but simple-to-use technology (based on both state-of-the-art and ARCO specific technology) for creating virtual representations of museum objects using image-based modelling solutions. Manipulation of cultural object representations will be through interactive model refinement and rendering, and management of these representations using an XML driven cultural object-relational database. Presentation technology will be based on augmented reality interfaces. All system components will be integrated using XML to provide data exchange and interoperability. The project will demonstrate its results via a series of prototype system components leading to a final integrated system that will be evaluated both technically and socio-economically. ARCO focuses on serving the end-user by integrating museum pilot sites (Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and several regional museums represented by the Sussex Archaeological Society) in the identification of user requirements and the assessment and evaluation of prototypes.


ORPHEUS is based on an innovative idea, especially as it concerns a service covering the critical and problematic digital content sector. Contents enable the digital products and services of the "new economy" to stand out and therefore they are significant for the added value of those digital services and products. A competitive and dynamic digital content sector in Europe is a main prerequisite for Europe's success in the new economy. The objective of the ORPHEUS project as a whole is to reach as many universities and students as possible, all across Europe. Several external users (mainly universities), will be contacted in order to provide valuable information about the progresses of the overall system.

SCHEMA (Network of Excellence in Content-Based Semantic Scene Analysis and Information Retrieval

The aim of the SCHEMA Network of Excellence is to bring together a critical mass of industrial partners, end users, universities and research centres in order to improve the systematic exchange of information by the forging of links between partners. The SCHEMA Network of Excellence will create a synergy and a multiplier-effect enriching the capabilities of the group of partners by bringing together complementary skills and know-how.

The following new research topics, activities and standards will be investigated in the SCHEMA Network:

  • Access to the information using query structures that come naturally to human beings,

  • Retrieval processes which understand the nature of the information in the database,

  • Content-based multimedia analysis,

  • Copyright issues of multimedia,

  • New methods for multimedia access and delivery,

  • Semantic web technologies,

  • MPEG-7 and MPEG-21 standards,

  • User interfaces and human factors.

Thus, common R&D agendas will be developed and new technical road maps will de drawn in these areas, so that European expertise and research excellence are strengthened and disseminated worldwide.

VITRA (Veridical Imaging of Transmissive and Reflective Artefacts)

A thirty-month European project developing methods for the acquisition, storage and visualisation of high quality digital images of details in historic buildings. It will combine the use of robotic technologies with digital imaging to capture artefacts up to 15 mt above ground level without the need for scaffolding. Deliverables will include interactive pseudo-3D panoramas, to illustrate often inaccessible buildings and enhance the awareness of cultural heritage. We aim at shifting the focus of 3D representation away from technological issues towards the effective perception of the space by visitors.