Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage: From 3D Modeling to the Engagement of Young Generations

  • Laura Inzerillo
  • Cettina SantagatiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10058)


Monitoring, digitizing and archiving museum artworks represent an important socio-cultural accomplishment and an overcoming in digital preservation today. Cultural heritage is constantly under threat of terrorist attacks and natural disaster. The high costs related to documentation task have prevented a constantly and massive survey activity. The low cost 3D image based acquisition and elaboration techniques of an object, allow to carry out a 3D photorealistic model in a short time. Therefore, a lot of museum adopted these techniques for the artworks archiving. Crowdsourcing activities can significantly speed up survey and elaboration procedures. If, on the one hand, these initiatives can have a positive impact, on the other hand involve the online user with a marginal role. In this paper we demonstrate how it is appropriate thinking the museum visitor as “museum operator/maker” of the digital model overstepping the outcomes achieved so far.


Cultural heritage 3D modeling Structure from Motion (SfM) Museum collections Crowdsourcing 



Authors would like to thank Marianna Marcucci, Fabrizio Todisco and Elisa Bonacini, Digital Invasions project; Giovanna Spadafora and Sandro Garrubbo, Salinas Museums in Palermo; Valentina Noto, Museo Civico Castello Ursino in Catania.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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