What is COVA
COVA is an initiative that aims at implementing a series of collaborative projects for the valorization of Italian minor monuments, namely all those monuments that for a number of reasons are not as visible as they should. This time, we will work on the Salara of Bologna.
How does it work?
The main tool we use for the valorization is the virtual reconstruction of the monument employing a simple, cost-effective, but effective photographic technique, that provides as output a 3D model. COVA models will be accessible as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike content, in other words anyone can freely access the models for non-commercial purposes.
The availability of such 3D models is the necessary premise to support interactive remote visits on the Web and/or augmented reality apps to make the in-situ visit more rich and compelling. Thanks to your help, we hope in the future to have a catalogue and a guide on minor monuments.
The workplan is made of 5 phases:
1) selection of the monument,
3) photographic acquisition;
5) implementation of the apps and services exploiting the 3D model.
We are now asking your support mainly in phase 2. However, you can also participate to phase 3 providing us your pictures of the monument. We are now developing a mobile App to allow you to send us the photos directly from your mobile phone.
In the future we would like to involve you in all the phases, creating a true COVA community, whichborrowingthe principles ofthe slow-food,will proposeand promotethe slow-culture.
A successful project
Here you'll find a description of a COVA project already completed. During the renovation of a building in Rome some roman remains have been found. They have been musealized underneath a glass floor, but are difficult to access by visitors.
Our virtual model helps visitors to better understand the value of what they are observing.
The Salara of Bologna project
The Salara, erected in1783-85, was the old salt warehouse. In medieval times the traffic of salt occurred along the Po River and the Rhine River, arriving in Bologna along the canals. The Salara is the only building survived to the demolition of 1934 of the ancient port built inside the walls by Vignola(1548).
It is currently a lively cultural center unknown to the majority of tourists. Our project, with your support, will contribute to the valorization of the Salara.
How are we going to use your money
All the funding will be used to support a group of young professionals that will carry out the collection of the pictures and will implement the model of the Salara.
Andrea Vitaletti researcher in computer science at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". He founded 2 companies. He loves art and technology.
Emanuel Demetrescu:archaeologistexperiencedin3D modeling.He does not simplylove art,itis his job.
Alfonsina Pagano: expert incommunicationof Cultural Heritage.She believesthat technology cangreatlyhelppeople to love theart.
Project created by
COVA is carried out by a group of people. Here we introduce Andrea. I'm assistant professor (ricercatore) at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" on networking topics with a focus on wireless sensor networks. I'm very active in national and international research projects. In 2002 I founded WLAB, and more recently in 2012 WSENSE, a spin-off of "La Sapienza" in which I lead the project COVA.
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