COSCH wins a Werner Weber Best Paper Award

A paper co-authored by several COSCH participants won a best paper award at the EuroMed Digital Heritage Conference 2014 held at Limassol, Cyprus, between 3–8 November 2014. 158 papers, out of 438 submissions, were accepted for presentation, including 35 full papers. Of these, 15 papers have been nominated to the best paper award. The COSCH contribution was one of five to receive the Werner Weber Best Paper Award. The award is given in memory of late Werner Weber who was a member of the EU Member States Expert Group on Digitalisation and e-Preservation in Cultural Heritage (MSEG).

The COSCH paper is titled, Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage: Key Questions in 3D Optical Documentation of Material Culture for Conservation, Study and Preservation. It has been co-authored by Frank Boochs, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Christian Degrigny, Maciej Karaszewski, Ashish Karmacharya, Zoltan Kato, Marcello Picollo, Robert Sitnik, Alain Trémeau, Despoina Tsiafaki and Levente Tamas.

Abstract: The paper introduces some key interdisciplinary questions concerning the development of optical measuring techniques and electronic imaging applied to documentation and presentation of artefacts, as identified through the work of Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage (, a trans-domain European Action (TD1201) in the area of Materials, Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) supported, since 2013, by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology TD1201. Some 125 international researchers and professionals participate in COSCH activities which have been organised around six main subjects: (1) spectral object documentation; (2) spatial object documentation; (3) algorithms and procedures; (4) analysis and restoration of cultural heritage surfaces and objects; (5) visualisation of cultural heritage objects and its dissemination; and (6) the semantic development of the COSCH Knowledge Representation.

The Authors outline and illustrate the approaches adopted by COSCH. They indicate future work that is needed to resolve the identified scientific, technical and semantic questions, as well as challenges of interdisciplinary communication, to ensure a wider adoption of specialist technologies and enhanced standards in 3D documentation of material cultural heritage — being a basis for its understanding, conservation, restoration, long-term preservation, study, presentation and wide dissemination.

The paper is available through Springer Link.

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