AN ONLINE 3D DATABASE SYSTEM FOR ENDANGERED ARCHITECTURAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE IN THE SOUTH-EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
Keywords: Risk Management, Endangered Heritage, Architectural Heritage, Cypriot and East-Mediterranean Heritage Sites, Digital Preservation
Abstract. The World Heritage Convention, drawn by various international bodies in 1972, was designed to protect cultural or natural places of outstanding universal value so that future generations may be able to enjoy them. Responding to these principles as well as to the Charter on the Preservation of Digital heritage (Vancouver, 2003), this multidisciplinary project, which involves archaeologists, art historians, conservators and computer scientists, aims to create an open access, 3D interactive online geo-database of endangered architectural and archaeological heritage in the South Eastern Mediterranean basin; a region of tremendous cultural importance whose rech heritage is unfortunately threatened by both natural and human factors. A wide range of 3D modelling and topographic techniques have been applied to create accurate reconstructions of heritage sites, enriched by a extensive array of metadata.