From the Mailbag: Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project

Bernard Frischer sends this along:

Nov. 22, 2013 Launch of The Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project!
Dear Friends of Hadrian’s Villa and the Tomb of the Gladiator,
I write you because you were good enough to sign our iPetition to save Hadrian’s Villa and/or to support a related petition to save the Gladiator Tomb when these precious monuments were at risk.
The occasion for contacting you now is something very positive, indeed. After five years of work by many individuals and with the cooperation of many academic and cultural institutions, we are proud to announce the launch of The Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project.
The goals of the project are to provide: (1) a website with rich visual documentation of the condition of the site today; (2) a 3D restoration model of the site as it appeared during the reign of Hadrian; and (3) an interactive simulation that puts the 3D restoration model into web players of a game engine.
Here is a brief progress report on our efforts to reach these goals:
The project website documenting the state of the villa today is now open to the public and can be viewed at: http://vwhl.clas.virginia.edu/villa/
Please be sure to "like" the website on Facebook and other social media.

The first web player to be finished is the Canopus-Serapaeum. It will be released by the end of this month and will be freely available from the Canopus page of the project website (http://vwhl.clas.virginia.edu/villa/canopus.php). Over the next 18 months, our plan is to release web players of a dozen of the most important structures in the villa (Canopus, Hall of the Doric Pillars, Piazza d’Oro, etc.).

The current state of the 3D model can be seen in an HD video at:


Please be sure to select the HD setting for best viewing quality and to "like" it.

This Friday, November 22, 2013, starting at 6:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time, there will be a public launch of project hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. The guest of honor is Dr. Marina Sapelli Ragni. The event will be webcast, and you can watch it live at:
http://new.livestream.com/idialab/VirtualHadriansVillaLaunch
Please go online a few minutes early so that you are present when we start.
Thank you very much again for your interest and support. Please remember to join us on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm EDT via our webcast!
Sincerely yours,
Prof. Bernard Frischer, Director
The Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project
The Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, Indiana University School of Informatics

P.S. The Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project has been generously supported by an anonymous private donor, the National Science Foundation (grant # IIS-1018512), and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We are very grateful for this support.
We thank the Archaeological Superintendency for Lazio, a unit of the Italian Ministry of Culture, for its kind permission to gather and publish on the website visual documentation of the site today. We especially thank Superintendent Emerita Dr. Marina Sapelli Ragni for her encouragement and support.
Co-sponsors of the public launch on November 22, 2013 are: School of Informatics, Indiana University; Ball State University; the Center for Hellenic Studies; and the American Institute for Roman Culture.
Copyright © 2013 Frischer Consulting, Inc., All rights reserved.
You are on this email list because you either signed the iPetition to Save Hadrian’s Villa in 2012-13 or else are a supporter of the American Institute for Roman Culture (AIRC).

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