Catalyst Fund Project – IUPUI

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) – “Advancing 3D Digitization and Metadata Conventions” – $29,500

LYRASIS is pleased to assist Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with their groundbreaking project, Advancing 3D Digitization and Metadata Conventions. IUPUI University Library has partnered with several cultural heritage organizations (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Connor Prairie Living History Museum, and Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site) in Indiana to perform 3-dimensional digitization of their materials, and make them accessible online.

3D models from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum collection can be found here.

The main objective of this project goes beyond digitization – this project is designed to produce national standards for 3D digitization technical and metadata specifications. With 3D cultural heritage digitization still in its infancy, there is little guidance from library, archives or museum professional organization on how to approach and describe digitized 3D objects.  Through help from the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund, IUPUI will collate their findings and develop a set of protocols and standards that can be distributed for peer review. We are immensely pleased to be assisting IUPUI with an initiative that will have such far reaching consequences.

Hannah Rosen is the LYRASIS project liaison.

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