Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP)


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Co-PI on an Insitute for Museum and Library Services National Forum grant to meet the pressing need for nationally-shared resources for the preservation and management of collections of digital 3D data.

The ultimate project goal is the development and adoption of standards for digital 3D data preservation through the establishment and facilitation an ongoing, organized community of practice. The national forums will lay the foundation for this effort. There are two 2½ day forums bringing together a diverse group of about 70 stakeholders, the first to take place at Washington University in St. Louis in January 2018 and the second at the University of Michigan in August 2018. The format will include expert presentations, discussions and collaborative work. We would assemble multiple working groups at the first forum to meet regularly and develop reports on key issues for presentation and discussion at the second forum. Outcomes from the CS3DP project include: 1) a community developed plan to move 3D preservation forward; 2) recommendations for data standards and best practices; 3) a report to be disseminated through IMLS and among communities engaged in 3D research and/or data preservation and curation via institutional repositories; 4) a plan for funding to move the project forward as needed; and 5) publications, conference presentations and listservs.

The meeting will bring together librarians, curators, faculty, students and other professionals from the United States and abroad to work toward development of standards for 3D data preservation.

Read the full proposal here.


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The Team:

Jennifer Moore is a data and GIS project manager and liaison to the department of anthropology. She leads a project to capture, manage and preserve structured light scans of 2000 plaster jaw casts from baboons.

Dr. Adam Rountrey has been involved in 3D digitization and research at the University of Michigan for over a decade. He manages an online 3D repository project (UMORF) and has experience with a variety of 3D research workflows.

Hannah Scates Kettler’s work with the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa Libraries focuses on making 3D representations of cultural heritage objects using modeling practices, photogrammetry and laser scanning accessible to the public.

CS3DP logo design: C. Abraczinskas UMMP 2017

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