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Who owns 3D scans of archaeological sites?

There was an interesting piece on NPR this week about high-resolution images, panoramas and 3D scans of archaeological sites. This type of capture is very useful for all sites, but has been particularly invaluable for sites which have been destroyed in recent years.  In addition to viewing a structure that may no longer exist,  they enable us to look at it from physically possible angles.  Many of these 3D recreations have been made by non-profits, such as CyArk or the British Museum, that need assistance with storage and access.  They have partnered with Google Arts & Culture, which has provided a platform for both, as well as a single portal for like projects.

While assembling all these resources in one place is convenient and valuable for students and educators, there has been criticism on the ethics of these collaborations.  The fact that the images are controlled by an entity other than the country where the structure resides has been called out, and was called “digital colonialism” by one critic in the NPR story.

Have a look through Google Arts & Culture, read the story, and let us know your thoughts on this by commenting here.



Google launches art and fashion platform We Wear Culture

We Wear Culture: The stories behind what we wearGoogle has partnered with 180 institutions, schools and archives around the world for a new online project focusing on the history of fashion. We Wear Culture, which launched on the Google Arts & Culture website and mobile apps looks at “The stories behind what we wear.”

The project doesn’t just feature pretty pictures of beautiful fashion. We Wear Culture offers immersive 360° VR tours and exhibitions (Google Cardboard recommended) and explores themes like the long-standing collaboration between Art and Fashion, origin stories about iconic designs, trends and trendsetters, and a behind the scenes view of the Conservation Lab of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Like many images in Google Arts & Culture, you can zoom in to see amazing details.

via The Art Newspaper

Houses of Parliament virtual tour

Houses of Parliament Virtual Tour: Central Lobby viewExplore some of the most famous rooms in Parliament and learn more about its fascinating history and present day use. The tour will be part of Google Maps, alongside similar experiences for Buckingham Palace and the White House. Anyone with a virtual reality headset will be able to get an even more immersive experience.

via The Guardian

Google Earth Pro is now free

GoogleEarthGreat news from Google – the Pro version of Google Earth is now free!   Features in Pro that were not in Google Earth include the ability to compute distances and area with built-in measurement tools, and to print high resolution images.

Learn more, and download, here.  When installing, use your email address and the key GEPFREE.   And while you’re exploring the site, have a look at the Maps section and Historical Imagery section.  The sky’s the limit…

Google Art Project expands its Street Art database

Carlos Almaraz, assisted by Guillermo Bejerano. Symbols from Chicano histroy and modern Los Angeles as they relate to architectural history, 4754 Floral Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 1980 (Photo © Robin Dunitz)Google announced this week that they’ve doubled the number of images in the Street Art section of the Google Art Project. This means over 10,000 high-res images contributed from 85 art organizations from 34 countries. The database is browsable by collection, artist, works of art, or user galleries, but you can also listen to audio tours or go through online exhibitions on their Blog.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 years later

Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumIn the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and roamed the Museum’s galleries, stealing thirteen works of art. To revisit this unfortunate anniversary, the Gardner Museum has teamed up with the Google Art Project to create Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Thirteen Works that explains and explores the effects the theft had, and continues to have, on the Museum. Make sure to view the slideshow full screen and browse among images of the stolen objects and accompanying documentation.

h/t Patti McRae Baley

Architecture books now free online

VitruviusDesignAnalysisStatistics show that an ever increasing number of people are choosing to read books on a device rather than in print form. In that vein, you can now read these classic works of architectural literature for free online from sources like Internet Archive and Google Books.

via ArchDaily

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