SCAN4RECO Newsletter No.1 (July 2016)

SCAN4RECO is a 3-year Research and Innovation Action (2015-2018) where 9 partners from 5 countries collaborate in developing ICT solutions for efficient restoration and prevention of degradation of cultural heritage objects.

Our cultural heritage and the way we preserve and valorise it is a major factor in defining Europe's place in the world and its attractiveness as a place to live, work, and visit; a powerful instrument that provides a sense of belonging amongst and between European citizens. The need to preserve, provide advanced access to and understanding of cultural heritage is clearly of utmost importance, especially when considering its wealth throughout Europe.

Intended SCAN4RECO Solution

Scan4Reco project aims deliver a multi-modal and multi-discipline platform that will be able to non-destructively scan any cultural asset Scan4Reco introduces a novel and innovative approach for the scientific and wider community as it enables the processing of multi-sensorial input in such a way that produces a hierarchical, multi-layered and multidimensional complete model of the object of interest. In addition, Scan4Reco will combine the object of interest with inter-disciplinary knowledge derived from the web and specific relevant datasets while also provide it with an automatic inference of its forthcoming state/shape in the future.

First Concept Architecture

The overall architecture has been developed, which is intended to be modular and easily customized, using a toolbox approach that supports flexible mixing and matching of individual components to address end user needs. The definition of the multilevel architecture structure and of its components has been derived from the breakdown of the conceptual architecture described in the project grant into a series of high-level functionalities and system requirements (technical, functional, operational) that map the conceptual core elements to the end-user needs ( deliverable D2.3). The resulting architecture is modular, multi-level, and flexible, as individual components and component subsets are loosely connected and can be used all together or standalone in order to perform specific tasks.

12 th IRUG Conference

The ORMYLIA FOUNDATION Art Diagnosis Centre hosted the 12 th Infrared and Raman Users Group (IRUG) Conference, which took place on 23-25 th of May 2016. The conference included oral presentations and posters that addressed all aspects of the application of IR and Raman spectroscopies to the study of cultural artefacts and their preservation. Topics included a range of activities where IR and/or RAMAN components offer special benefit:

  • Studies of cultural artefacts
  • Developments of new analytic procedures
  • Insights into materials used in works of art
  • Implementing sample preparation process
  • Mapping and/or imaging techniques

Scan4Reco presentation at the "Digital Heritage Workshop"

The Scan4Reco Project has been presented at the "The Role of Similarity in the Re-unification, Re-assembly and Re-association of 3D Artefacts at Digital Heritage" workshop, which took place between the 28 th of September and 2 nd of October 2015 in Granada, Spain. CRS4 has presented their work on "Scan4Reco: Characterization of Artworks Material Through Photometric and Microscopic Analysis".

Scientific Dissemination

Although the Scan4Reco Project has only been active for ten months, a number of conference publications as well as a contribution to a book by Springer have been already produced. The list includes:

  • Ruggero Pintus, Enrico Gobbetti, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, "Techniques for seamless color registration and mapping on dense 3D models", In: N. Masini (Ed), " Sensing The Past", Springer, to be published in April 2016.
  • G. Karagiannis, " Non-destructive endoscopy of cultural heritage objects of various kinds and materials", International Symposium on Archaeometry ( ISA'2016), May 2016 Kalamata, Greece.
  • G. Karagiannis, M. Stefanidou, G. Apostolidis, K. Matziaris, " Application of acoustic microscopy technique for the evaluation of the optimal application of the rendering to masonry", 4 th Historic Mortars Conference ( HMC'2016), Santorini, Greece, 10-12 th of October 2016.
  • G. Karagiannis,A " 3D spectroscopic mapping tomography applied to art objects diagnosis", International conference on Innovation in Art Research and Technology ( InART), Ghent Belgium, 22-25 th of March 2016.
  • G. Karagiannis, " Spectroscopic mapping tomography", SPIE Photonics Europe 2016, SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium, 4-7 th of April 2016.
  • G. Karagiannis, G. Apostolidis, " Investigation of stratigraphic mapping in paintings using micro-Raman spectroscopy", SPIE Photonics Europe 2016, SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels, Belgium 4-7 th of April 2016.
  • G. Karagiannis, C. Salpistis, F. D. Demosthenous, " Application of 3D spectroscopic mapping imaging using the mobile laboratory of ORMYLIA Foundation. The case of an icon of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus", 2 nd International Meeting for Conservation & Documentation of Ecclesiastical Artefacts- Halki ( IMCDEA'2016) (Constantinople), 8-9 th of July 2016.

Work produced in SCAN4RECO project will be available for Open Access under " creative commons" license at the " SCAN4ECO Community" on the ZENODO portal:


SCAN4RECO - "Multimodal Scanning of Cultural Heritage Assets for their multimodal digitization and preventive conservation via spatiotemporal 4D Reconstruction and 3D Printing" - is
a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon'2020 Framework Programme

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