Towards Browsing Repositories of Spatially Oriented Historic Photographic Images in 3D Web Environments

, , , , , and . Proceedings of Web3D ’17, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (June 2017)


Archives and museums store vast collections of historical images of urban areas and make them publicly available through online platforms. Many of these images, often containing historic buildings and landscapes, can be oriented spatially using automatic methods such as structure from motion (SfM). Providing spatially and temporally oriented images of urban architecture, in combination with advanced searching and 2D/3D exploration techniques, offers new potentials in supporting historians in their research. We are developing a 3D web environment usable to historians to spatially search online media repositories containing historic photographic images. We combine 3D models of historic buildings with spatially oriented images, replacing text-based searching through meta-data with spatial and temporal browsing with respect to given focus points in historic city models.

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