Several complimentary resources were created during the project which camn be used to explore the data form all the EU project partners and provide background information and guidance on the 3D-ICONS pipeline

3D ICONS Portal


The portal enables users to search for all of the content that 3D ICONS partners have made available to Europeana, and displays the full metadata captured for the content. Browse the portal at:



bg-europeana-logo-160The 3D-ICONS project has contributed content to Europeana, increasing the critical mass of engaging 3D content available to Europeana’s users.
View the 3D-ICONS content in Europeana

Project Guidelines

The 3D-ICONS project exploits existing tools and methodologies and integrates them in a complete supply chain of 3D digitization to contribute a significant mass of 3D content to Europeana. These guidelines aim to document this complete pipeline which covers all technical and logistic aspects to create 3D models of cultural heritage objects with no established digitization.

Each section of these guidelines corresponds to one of the interlinked stages of the 3D-ICONS pipeline:

  • 3D Data Capture Techniques
  • Post Processing of 3D Content
  • 3D Publishing Methodology
  • Metadata
  • Licensing & IPR Considerations

When reading the guidelines it is important to understand that each stage in the processing pipeline is interrelated, and therefore one should look at the pipeline as a holistic approach to the challenge of capturing and presenting 3D models of cultural heritage models. Data capture, post processing and 3D publishing activities normally occur sequentially after each other. The direction of these activities is not only towards the final online 3D model. In carrying out your own 3D heritage efforts, one should also consider the final potential publishing methodology, and travel back up the supply chain to identify what are the most appropriate capture and modelling techniques to provide this online 3D solution. The processes involved with the creation of metadata and the selection of appropriatedata licensing should be integrated at all stages of the pipeline.

Case Studies

The case studies presented here are just a representative selection from over 1,000 3D models of cultural heritage objects produced by the project partners during the course of the 3D-ICONS project. Each project partner has provided two case studies which have been grouped within two broad ranges of ;cultural heritage object - monuments and buildings, and artefacts and architectural detail. Online outlines of each of the case studies can be viewed from the menu on the right. A comprehensive collection of ALL of the case studies including a full selection of images and supporting maps is available to view and download below.


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