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A Virtual Tour to the Inscriptions of the UNESCO World Heritage Site St. Michael in Hildesheim

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Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

7 & 9 July 2015

Virtual cultural heritage, Panoramic tour, Visualisation, Generic software, Epigraphy

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      Museums, places of interest and cultural heritage sites can be often visited on the Internet. Panoramic images and virtual tours allow to access distant sites from home. But can this popular and touristic way of presentation also be used to present scientific information to a broad public? This question arose at the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz regarding its project “Deutsche Inschriften Online” (German Inscriptions Online). The research project “Die Deutschen Inschriften” collects and redacts medieval and early modern inscriptions in Europe, in the areas that are today the Federal German Republic, the Republic of Austria and South Tyrol. The results are published in currently over 80 volumes, 33 of these are also accessible online. To bring the scientific edition of the inscriptions in its spatial context and make the scientific content easily accessible to the general public, a virtual tour was designed and implemented for the UNESCO World Heritage Site St. Michael in Hildesheim. The scientific approach was to make inscriptions as an important aspect of historic evidence understandable for the broad public. The thematic focus lies on the dominant figure of the early history of the church, Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim. In the tour, the user can navigate through the church. Interactive elements indicate the possibility to transfer to different viewpoints or to show information about specific points of interest – most of them inscriptions, but also information on other relevant (art-) historic artefacts. On click a pop-up opens, containing general information on the inscriptions, the full transcription and the translation of the inscription. Furthermore, images of the inscription as well as sketches and old photographs are provided. References to the critical editions of the inscriptions in “Deutsche Inschriften Online” provide an easy access to the full scientific information. An encapsulated generic software package of the tour will be released in June 2015. The software allows its users to build virtual tours for other buildings and sites without any knowledge of programming.

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            Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

            Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 2, 55131 Mainz, Germany
            Mr. Fridge Software

            Kottbusser Damm 8, 10967 Berlin, Germany
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            Conference
            July 2015
            July 2015
            : 285-290
            10.14236/ewic/eva2015.31
            © Anna Neovesky et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
            EVA
            London, UK
            7 & 9 July 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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            Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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