By Miriam Raftery
June 4, 2015 (San Diego)—Imagine using crowd-sourced images to digitally recreate ancient works of art and architecture, starting with those destroyed by the Islamic State in Iraq and other world heritage sites where antiquities have been lost. That’s precisely the mission of Project Mosul, an innovative undertaking started by University of California San Diego (UCSD) researcher Matthew Vincent, along with several others.
You can help! Needs include uploading videos you have from destroyed or damaged sites, such as vacation photos you’ve taken. You can also assist in sorting, masking, or processing reconstructions on the site. Start here. If you know how to code, you can build tools here or join a conversation with volunteers here.
Project Mosul has already expanded to working with two other European Union projects, 4d-CH-World and Europeana Space also a European Union project. The researchers are also working with private industry, particularly Sketchfab a start-up focusing on 3D content on the web, a sort of YouTube for 3D Objects. You can view a 3-D restoration progression here.
Together, they aree working on a framework for the digital restoration and curation of lost heritage, with the ultimate goal to provide virtual reality access to these museums online. If you want to get involved, fill out this form here to get started restoring history.