Few grants to start 2018 !

Not bad to receive 4 small grants at the beginning of the year ! However, I am most interested about the Pelagios-Working Group funding.

We have received £3,940 (approx. 7250 AUD) for a one day event on geo-humanities and Australian Cultural heritage. The grant will pay for national speakers (a flight to Perth and two nights hotel).In parallel, we will also arrange a  round table at Digital Humanities Australia 2018 conference (Making Connections: https://aa-dh.org/conferences/dha-2018/) with the results, plus address questions raised with the design and testing of free course material and resources available online, leading to a white paper submitted to UNESCO. Our focus will be on a major workshop hosted at Curtin, Friday 26 July, on Linked Open Data, and Pelagios and Recogito, on how they can be used, modified and extended for key Australian datasets and research problems. We aim to gather the many small geo-humanities / digital humanities mapping projects and themes in Australia to create resources and tutorials to develop Pelagios and Recogito for specific Australian datasets.



3D Model from Photos with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

This tutorial has been developed keeping in mind the beginners/non technical persons interested in making 3D digital models of artifacts, objects, buildings, excavation etc. from photos and want to share them online.

I have studied various popular commercial and free and open source software (FOSS) to find a robust, easy to learn, scalable model building environment. The comparison study is gong to be publisded soon.  Based on my study, I have the most accurate 3D with easy and  convenient workflow can be achieved through Regard3D – MeshLab – Sketchfab.


I am sharing this tutorial here as a .pdf file. Feel free to download and share with others.



ArKit vs ARCore

Google unveils ARCore, its answer to Apple’s ARKit,, which allows augmented reality to hundreds of millions of Android phones, and no Tango required.  From the demos on the web, it seems ARKit provides superior qualities. However, Apple is always within a closed eco-sytem; unreachable to many (like me Sad smile). However, I am really worried about these 2 devices recently announced from Lenevo and Asus. All their pain in vain now. So frastrating to the developers and manufacturers.

Tango enable device: https://developers.google.com/tango/

Google ARCore: https://developers.google.com/ar/

Apple ARKit: https://developer.apple.com/arkit/

Cybermaps in 3D heritage

Erik Champion

A journal asked that I respond to a paper that briefly mentions the above. Notes to self include these general questions that I seldom find answers to in virtual heritage papers and not mentioned in my response (the journal has a strict word limit):

  1. Interpretation: It is very hard to extrapolate from VH papers how various interpretations are fostered.
  2. Beginnings: Where do you place a visitor in a virtual site?
  3. Dynamic alterity: How should or could they navigate time, space and interpretation?
  4. Art Versus Scientific Imagination: How should they separate artistic from current reality from interpreted virtuality? What if the artistry is impressive but speculative?
  5. Projects: Where can the projects (that apparently relate to the questions posed in the text), be experienced or otherwise accessed? How will they be preserved?
  6. Interactive Navigation: How do we navigate time, space, interpretation, and task/goal?
  7.  Authenticity, accuracy and artistry: How does one balance all…

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3D from Google Street View

I have been wondering whether it is possible to develop 3D from Street view. Yes, some clever people already tried it and succeeded.

1.  From Street View to 3D : http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/from-street-view-to-3d.html

2.  3d world modeling with three.js : http://peter.pisljar.si/#!/en/projects/threejs_world

3. Large-Scale Multi-View 3D Reconstruction from Google Street-View Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWlb_Sp2F8g

4. Photo city : http://www.photocitygame.com/

5. How to overlay a 3D model on interactive Google Street View panoramas :

5: From Google Street View to 3D City models : https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224135244_From_Google_Street_View_to_3D_City_models