COSCH Case Studies COSCH Case Studies

Seven case studies implementing 3D spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage were realised in 2015 and 2016. The aim of these case studies is to offer in-depth investigation, enabling a good understanding of selected techniques and processes in 3D spatial and spectral documentation, applied to a particular cultural heritage object or site.

Romanian Cultural Heritage


The National Museum of Romanian History located in Bucharest holds a collection of around 25 painted icons (out of which 20 on wood and 5 on canvas) and a vast number of archaeological objects of both Romanian and European cultural significance (made of ceramics, marble, stone, copper, gold and silver) covering historic periods dating from Prehistory to Modern Age. The museum has been under works of renovation for the last years, so most of the artifacts in its collection are not available to public visits. The main purpose of this case study is to increase the collection of digitized objects of the museum and to enhance the possibilities of visualization in the virtual gallery, where the public could access objects that for the moment are not available on the site of the museum. A secondary objective of the proposed case study is to implement state-of-the-art non-invasive techniques for the image acquisition of the artifacts, using both spectral and spatial object documentation. The main challenge in this aspect is to design low-cost acquisition set-ups and deal with the technical equipment owned already by the museum or creating the possibility of bringing modern equipment to the museum. Finally, the case study aims to disseminate and inform about the digitization process and to provide guidelines and specifications of good practice that will serve both the scientific and artistic community involved in the field of cultural heritage.

COSCH WG meeting in St. Etienne 27 March 2015: presentation

COSCH WG meeting in Neuchâtel 13 October 2015: presentation

COSCH WG meeting in Valletta 18 April 2016: presentation

The project is led by

Irina-Mihaela Ciortan, Early Stage Researcher - Gjøvik Univerity College.
Image Processing Analyst,Graduate of Erasmus Mundus Master of Color in Informatics and Media Technology. Bachelor of Science in Informatics

  • Dr. Corina Nicolae, Curator, Project assistant, Programmes and Projects Department, Romanian National History Museum, Bucharest, Romania
  • Jon Yngve Hardeberg, Professor, Gjovik University College, Norway
  • Bogdan Constantinescu, Senior Researcher, "Horia Hulubei" National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering

Information Information

COSCH final book



Digital Techniques for Documenting and Preserving Cultural Heritage

"The essays in this collection are transformative, moving beyond basic collaboration and skilfully contextualizing both scientic knowledge in the humanities and humanities knowledge in the sciences. Doing so not only heightens the quality of the research, but heightens understanding, redrawing traditional lines between disciplines and redening what it means to truly collaborate and to be a scholar in the digital age."-Bill Endres, University of Oklahoma 
In this unique collection the authors present a wide range of interdisciplinary methods to study, document, and conserve material cultural heritage. The methods used serve as exemplars of best practice with a wide variety of cultural heritage objects having been recorded, examined, and visualised. The objects range in date, scale, materials, and state of preservation and so pose dierent research questions and challenges for digitization, conservation, and ontological representation of knowledge. Heritage science and specialist digital technologies are presented in a way approachable by non-scientists, while a separate technical section provides details of methods and techniques, alongside examples of notable applications of spatial and spectral documentation of material cultural heritage, with selected literature and identication of future research. 
This book is an outcome of interdisciplinary research and debates conducted by the participants of the COST Action TD1201, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage, 2012–16, and is an Open Access publication available under a CC BY-NC-ND licence.