The Center will produce scientific quality, full color, three-dimensional models of museum and research collections. The Mckissick Museum specializes in material culture, natural science, decorative and fine art. The resulting 3D image models will be used within the museum and university to enhance learning, creativity and research on a full range of topics. Arius3D and University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science will serve the 3D models through a commercial Image Library. In addition to the School, the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the university will serve as a research partner, offering CDH faculty fellows opportunities to participate in the project.
"Arius3D's hardware and software technologies create compelling content for the burgeoning new generation of smart electronic devices. Our technology provides a revolutionary way to produce exciting 3D visual image content. The Arius3D image model is, in fact, a digital replica of the real object, allowing rare or fragile objects to be accessed easily via the internet," said John Wood, CEO of Arius3D.
Dr. Samantha Hastings, Director and Professor, School of Library & Information Science, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, said, "The Arius3D technology changes the way our cultural heritage objects can be documented and visualized. This collaboration marks a new adventure, bringing cultural heritage objects to people in digital formats, beyond the traditional walls of an exhibit. It is a true breakthrough technology, and we are very excited by the many potential applications in the library, museum and education fields."
The South Carolina partnership is the newest in a series of 3D Imaging Center distribution agreements signed by Arius3D to capitalize on its ability to capture scientific quality 3D color images to create inspiring, accessible and engaging 3D content for a variety of applications. Other 3D Image Center partners include the University of Tennessee (medical collections), University College London Petrie Museum (antiquities), Skulls Unlimited International (world's largest mammal skull collection), University of Toronto (art, iconic collections), Canadian Museum of Natural History (fossils) and Laval University's LAMIC (Laboratoire de museologie et d'ingenierie de la culture) for mineral and cultural collections.
Arius3D is also negotiating with several other universities, museums, cultural institutions and other large collections to establish additional 3D Imaging Centers.
Arius3D's unique approach ensures access to the world's most valuable collections, containing objects of commercial, cultural, educational and conservation significance. Expanding their access to rare and high value artesian objects will allow Arius3D to build the world's first 3D image model library and to begin to create a world market for this new technology.
About the University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The School of Library and Information Science, located in Davis College, and the McKissick Museum are among the buildings on the historic Horseshoe. The University is committed to serving the citizens of South Carolina through its academic excellence and outreach. It has forged a variety of cooperative relationships with other academic institutions and health systems throughout the state and a number of international connections for academic exchange and collaborative research. The Columbia campus mission includes enhancing the industrial, economic, and cultural potential of the state. For more information visit http://www.sc.edu.
Arius3D is a visual content creator and digital publisher. Arius3D's goal is to create, organize, distribute and license three dimensional images for commercial and institutional use. The company is building a large collection of Rights Managed and Royalty-free 3D images in partnerships with world-class institutions. Arius3D is also the creator of the groundbreaking Pointstream software that allows the 3D image models to be viewed online. To learn more about Arisu3D's imaging products and services, visit www.arius3d.com.
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