Centre Unveils India Digital Heritage Project

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Microsoft Research India have jointly unveiled the India Digital Heritage project in order to preserve the culture and arts through different 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," said P Anandhan, MD, Microsoft Research India.

"The project is a collaboration between the DST, academia and Microsoft Research," he said, adding that 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 includes 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. Additionally, a Project Advisory and Monitoring committee chaired by professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala from IIT Madras has been formed to evaluate, recommend and monitor more projects in this area.

"The government is looking to create platforms for Indian scientists to collaborate and innovate. The committee has the mandate of creating innovative tools and technologies through research," said Dr V Rao Aiyagari, advisor and head, Seismicity Programme, Science and Engineering Research Council. (PTI)

Updated Date: Jan 31, 2017 01:52:53 IST