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Panoramic Collections Viewer (PCV)

TitlePanoramic Collections Viewer (PCV)
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHoward, G., & Woolner M.
Secondary TitleInternational Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting - ICHIM07: Proceedings
Conference Start DateOctober 24-26
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedToronto, Ontario, Canada
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordscollections, curation, digitisation, panoramic, public access, virtual reality

Developed to extend the physical exhibition and narrative spaces of an organisation in response to the need for greater public access to artefacts, PCV is an interactive system based on high quality panoramic, 2D and 3D imaging for viewing archives via an organisation's collection management system. The software provides a simple interface for intuitive and fluid use, building on existing digitisation and exhibition spaces to create high quality environments in which to view artefacts. The use of high resolution photography in creating the environments sets the PCV software apart from existing 3D modelled environments, providing museum and heritage organisations with a long lasting solution to exhibiting their collections in virtual reality. By connecting the recording and management of assets to their curation and display, the result of the PCV project is a tool for re-examining and re-evaluating new approaches to curation, collections and exhibition space in a visually compelling visual arena.