3D Models on Triple Paths - New Pathways for Documenting and Visualizing Virtual Reconstructions

  • Piotr KuroczyńskiEmail author
  • Oliver Hauck
  • Daniel Dworak
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10025)


This paper presents the project “Virtual Reconstructions in Transnational Research Environments - the Portal: Palaces and Parks in Former East Prussia” in the light of the Semantic Web and Open Source technologies. The project examines the methodology of the computer-based 3D computer reconstruction of Cultural Heritage (CH) and the still unresolved questions of certification, classification, annotation, storage and visualization of 3D data sets. This multinational and interdisciplinary project is concerned with designing a Virtual Research Environment, based on interactive 3D objects being part of a semantic data model. Our approach effects the entire process of digital 3D reconstruction and requires the development of a data model, Cultural Heritage Markup Language (CHML) as groundwork for an application ontology for this kind of project. The preliminary results shed new light on areas such as effective data acquisition, documentation, semantic 3D modeling, data management, and 3D visualization. They may be useful for the creation of virtual museums and other forms of interactive presentation of CH that employ open source visualization platforms (e.g., WebGL technology).


Digital 3D reconstruction Semantic modeling Application ontology Documentation and visualization standards Virtual research environments 



The international, collaborative research project and the resulting Virtual Research Environment ( under discussion, as well the findings concerned with the prototype of the Virtual Museum, are funded by the German Leibniz Association from 2013 to 2016. The project is coordinated by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, Germany. Part of this work was supported by German “Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media” and the European Cooperation in Science and Research (COST) Action TD1201 “Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage” ( The basic development of CHML has been undertaken by O. Hauck and A. Noback between 2000 and 2004 (chml. Foundation).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piotr Kuroczyński
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oliver Hauck
    • 2
    • 3
  • Daniel Dworak
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz AssociationMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Technical University of DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Space RepresentationFrankfurt am MainGermany
  4. 4.Center for Media and InteractivityJustus Liebig University GiessenGiessenGermany
  5. 5.Institute of Information TechnologyLodz University of TechnologyŁódźPoland

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