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2 minutes to read Posted on Thursday March 30, 2023

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

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Lorena Aldana

Head of External Relations and Advocacy , Europeana Foundation

Europeana Initiative partners with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU to advance 3D digitisation

Europeana and the Swedish National Heritage Board are proud to co-host the upcoming Conference 'Accelerating 3D in the common European data space for cultural heritage: Why 3D matters' under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Find out more about the topic in focus - 3D - and how you can join!

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This hybrid conference, which will take place on 18 April 2023, is hosted by the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm and is open to the public online. It is made possible thanks to the support of the Swedish Ministry of Culture.

The conference will focus on 3D, exploring three-dimensional digitisation of cultural heritage as one of the main aspects of the common European data space for cultural heritage - a flagship initiative of the European Union to support the digital transformation of the heritage sector. The Europeana Initiative, together with its partners, is currently deploying this data space. A major goal of the data space will be to source and make available high-quality, usable and accessible 3D cultural data. 

Why 3D matters 

The need for 3D digitisation of cultural heritage is more relevant than ever. Recent devastating events like the destruction of cultural property in Ukraine or natural hazards caused by changing climate conditions remind us that cultural heritage is fragile and at constant risk. Digital technologies, including 3D, play an important role in the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, offering a regenerative lifeline for sites facing man-made and natural threats. 

The European Commission has set ambitious 3D targets for 2030, and the Conference aims to support their achievement. As called for in the Commission Recommendation of 2021 establishing the creation of a common European data space for cultural heritage, in the course of this decade EU Member States should digitise in 3D all monuments and sites deemed at risk, and 50 % of the most physically visited. 

3D technologies are already being used to support the preservation of Europe’s shared cultural heritage in the face of growing natural and manmade foes. 3D applications also offer unprecedented opportunities for cultural heritage institutions to fulfil their mission of broadening access to culture and information in the 21st century, staying relevant in today’s fast-changing world. Lastly, 3D can be used to capture imaginations, enhance engagement and public understanding of cultural assets, and foster their reuse within the cultural sector and beyond - from education and research to tourism. 

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AD&D 4D Asociación para la Documentación y Divulgación 4D
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The Europeana Conference under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU will support cultural heritage professionals and policymakers in better understanding the relevance and use of 3D to address some of the key challenges faced by the sector and society as a whole. It will provide a platform to share knowledge, experiences and new insights to inform future action and policy direction. 

‘The common European data space for cultural heritage opens up an exciting opportunity for our sector to fully harness the potential of emerging tech priorities like 3D for the benefit of Europe’s rich cultural heritage. And much more: it will allow us to better capitalise on our shared cultural resources to advance towards a more open, knowledgeable and creative society. We are thankful to the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Swedish Ministry of Culture for their commitment to this vision and look forward to continuing working closely with the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU and with EU Member States to live up to this momentum,‘ said Harry Verwayen, General Director of the Europeana Foundation. 

'Digital transformation is crucial to keep cultural heritage relevant and expand its possible uses. The Swedish National Heritage Board views digital transformation as the most important challenge for museums in Sweden today, and we consider this a strong priority for the coming years when supporting the museum sector. Digital heritage holds no traditional boundaries and therefore we regard our work with the Europeana Initiative and the common European data space for cultural heritage as a vital part of our path forward. The expansion of 3D content opens up even more possibilities for gaining knowledge and reaching new audiences. We are excited to expand our cooperation both during the Swedish Presidency and further on into the future,' said Eric Fugeläng, Head of Department at the Swedish National Heritage Board. 

Get involved and find out more at the conference on 18 April.