Visual Media Service

ARIADNE Visual Media Service

The  ARIADNE Visual Media Service is aimed at providing support for the easy publication and presentation on the web of complex media assets through a simple Web interface. 

It provides an automatic service capable of transforming any media file uploaded by ARIADNE Archives Managers into a format that will allow easy and efficient access and remote visualization on the web. Three types of visual media are supported:

  • high-resolution images,
  • RTI (Reflection Transformation Images, i.e. dynamically re-lightable images),
  • high-resolution 3D models.

These types of media are not easy to show on the Web, because their visualization may require downloading the entire file as well as the use of dedicated software. Moreover, the owner of high quality data may not wish to permit visitors to freely download their files in order to protect copyright of the data.

RTI - Medallion (obverse) Hadrian, 191-121 AD

RTI - Medallion (obverse) Hadrian, 191-121 AD

Wooden statue

3D model of a wooden statue

Certosa Calci - high resolution image

Certosa Calci - high resolution image

Detailed information is provided for all three media types, with a description of how the service works and technical requirements such as the type of file formats the service will work with. Several examples are provided for each category that end users can browse.

VMS_upload_Form

In order to upload data files, a simple web form requires users to provide some basic information about the media they are uploading. The service processes the input data to  automatically create an online page and sends the user an email notification of links to the visualization page (hosted on the Ariadne web-service and open to any external user) and to an admin page, where the associated data can be modified. It is also possible to download the created page (html code + processed 3D Model or image) in order to integrate the content on the user local server or archive. 

The ARIADNE Visual Media Service allows inexperienced users to easily create an efficient webpage to display complex 2D or 3D content. For more experienced users, the basic webpages may be the starting point for the development of more complex visualization, or for integration of the visualization within existing websites, taking advantage of the features of the 3DHOP platform.

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