India Digital Heritage project unveiled

India Digital Heritage project unveiled

Chennai: The Department of Science and Technology and IT major Microsoft Research India unveiled the India Digital Heritage project in order to preserve the culture and arts through differnt forms of media.

“The research project is aimed to explore the synergetic use of multiple forms of media such as photographs, video and voice for the public," Microsoft Research India Managing Director P Anandhan said.

“The project is a collaboration between the department of science and technology, academia and Microsoft Research," he said, adding the project seeks to advance research in technologies to preserve cultural heritage and monuments of the country.

As a pilot study, a seven member team conducted a study on the Sri Andal Temple in Srivilluputtur which has been created using the new software Photosynth and including photographs, video and voice.

“The team spent about two months at the temple and made the full programme under the India Digital Heritage project as a pilot study", Anandhan said.

He further said that a Project Advisory and Monitoring Committee chaired by IIT Madras Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala has been formed to evaluate, recommend and monitor more projects in this area.

“The Government is looking to create platforms for Indian scientists and collaborate and innovate. The Committee has the mandate of creating innovative tools and technologies through research" Seismicity Programme, Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) Adviser and Head V Rao Aiyagari said.