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Scanning 3D: Cultural Heritage Preservation, Access and Revitalization

3D view of the Tablinum in the Hypogeum of the Volumnis, Perugia, Italy by CyArk, via Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

On 7 February 2023, Creative Commons will host a panel discussion on 3D scanning, preservation, access and revitalization of cultural heritage. As 3D technologies advance and cultural heritage institutions around the world seek better ways to enable people to engage with their collections, we also see cultural artifacts threatened by global climate change, armed conflict, and economic instability. At CC, we see building the “3D” commons in this complex moment as an essential activity in enabling a brighter future for all and solving the world’s most pressing challenges. How can 3D technologies and practices support what we call better sharing: sharing that is contextual, inclusive, just, equitable, reciprocal, and sustainable?

With experts, we’ll explore the many considerations around 3D scanning as it relates to cultural heritage preservation, revitalization, access and better sharing, as well as the impact on the public domain. Panelists will address:

the importance of open access to scans of cultural artifacts
the legal issues that can challenge access to 3D scans
policy implications of open licensing 3D scans
cultural and equity considerations around the origins of objects scanned
how museums, artists and organizations put 3D scanning and sharing into practice

CC’s Director of Learning and Training, Jennryn Wetzler, will moderate an expert panel with:

Michael Weinberg, Executive Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy, NYU School of Law
Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital at SMK, The National Gallery of Denmark
Cosmo Wenman, Open Access Advocate and 3D Design and Fabrication Consultant
Teresa Nobre, Legal Director, COMMUNIA
Thomas Flynn, Cultural Heritage Lead, Sketchfab

As UNESCO’s Memory of the World program enters its fourth decade, questions at the intersection of preservation, access, copyright and new technologies are now more topical than ever. Join us to hear from experts and participate in the conversation!

Date: 7 February 2023
Time: 3:30–5:00pm UTC [see the time in your timezone]

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