Just as US internet giant Google has made great strides in preserving digital versions of great literature and books with its Google Books project, European scientists hope they can create an online repository of culture and archaeology
The system planned for the undertaking is dubbed 3D-COFORM. It should provide the platform into which humanity's most important treasures, reflecting thousands of years of cultural development, can be gathered in one online archive for easy access.
Work is already underway to store images of thousands of statues, temple fragments and artworks. As part of the archive, it will be possible to enjoy them, either on a computer screen, or in a museum or depot.
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