3D scanning helps protect Polish monuments – Press conference of the National Heritage Council of Poland – Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Dr. Selin emphasized the importance of the efforts of Polish governors, who often risked their lives to save priceless documents. Thanks to their efforts, historical monuments important to national culture after the war were reconstructed.

The experience of the last century, but also recent events – the Russian aggression against Ukraine targeting the country’s cultural assets – requires the continuous development of documentary projects related to the material heritage of our country, which are often located in the virtual dimension of the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Culture said during the event.

He noted that as part of the documentation process, the Governor General of Antiquities maintains the National Antiquities Register in the form of a set of registration cards contained in the Provincial Registers of Antiquities. Modern solutions that take into account the development of information technology and enable widespread public access to knowledge about monuments are used to carry out documentation tasks.

The most recent version of the documentation process is to digitize the documents in the archives of the National Heritage Institute and make them available online. The project has been implemented since 2019 as part of the European Union’s Digital Poland Operational Program, with funds from the Digital Poland Operational Program and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. This ambitious task was carried out by Poland’s National Heritage Board as a center of competence in the field of antiquities digitization, Jaroslaw Selin told.

The Deputy Minister of Culture reported that all immovable objects and monuments listed in the National Antiquities Register, as well as registration cards for war graves and cemeteries in the archives of county offices will be digitized as part of the project.

In my opinion, the implementation of this wonderful project, which includes the digitization of more than 1.3 million documents, will, for the first time, enable a wide audience to get acquainted with such a huge amount of professional knowledge about Polish antiquities. Most importantly, Deputy Minister Selin assured that it will be free access.

“Digmatization and Sharing of Digital Cultural Goods – Monuments, Cemeteries and War Graves” – About the project

The National Heritage Institute, thanks to funding from the European Union, is implementing the project “Digmatization and exchange of digital cultural goods – monuments, cemeteries and war cemeteries”. As a result of its implementation, more than 1.3 million documents on cultural heritage will be surveyed and made available. To date, more than 700,000 documents from this collection have been included in the digital space.

The project has been implemented since January 28, 2019 and will end on September 30 of this year. Its value was estimated at more than 37 million PLN, of which 31.5 million PLN come from the EU budget under the Digital Poland Operational Program. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage supported the project with about 6 million PLN.

The implementation of the project allowed the National Heritage Institute to expand the ICT system for collecting and sharing collections, equipping the digitization workshop with modern scanners and a new 3D scanner that spatially scans objects, reproducing their true appearance and allowing a detailed view of objects. Specific installation using the Internet.

The staff of the National Heritage Council of Poland is currently focusing on document scanning, metadata mapping, spatial object mapping using orientation, and 3D object scanning. Address cards and scientific and research documents related to heritage preservation, referred to as heritage materials, have also been digitized. An interesting procedure implemented as part of the project is also a digital representation of the architecture of sacred wooden buildings.

Thanks to the intensive digitization work, a comprehensive database with information about historical buildings, cemeteries and war cemeteries is created on the websites operated by the National Heritage Institute – https://zabytek.pl/pl and https: //mapy.zabytek. gov.pl/nid/.

On the website mapa.zabytek.pl you will find famous monuments included in the Register of Antiquities, objects from the UNESCO World Heritage List, monuments entered by the President of the Republic of Poland in the List of Historic Monuments, objects included in the National Register of Immovable and Archaeological Monuments, as well as records of cemeteries War and cemeteries.

Information on Polish antiquities, along with their descriptions and multimedia content, is available on the historical site. Visitors can view and submit archived photos, scan documents from the National Antiquities Registry, 3D models, panoramas and sites. The site is also useful for people who want to get acquainted with the Polish cultural heritage, who like to travel on the road – you can find ready-made itineraries, including thematic ones. In addition, the portal allows you to inform the local official of antiquities with information about endangered monuments.

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