Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional (3D) models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive far away from the war as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's cultural heritage.
Organizers said the scans' resolutions are fine enough to project them into physical spaces, and to use them to reconstruct destroyed artifacts.
The joint project of the VICE media group, cultural heritage preservation organization Blue Shield Denmark, and the Danish UNESCO National Commission marks the first time a country's artifacts are being archived in augmented reality during a war.
Backup Ukraine's Tao Thomsen said the initiative includes 150 volunteers who scan up to 10 artifacts daily with mobile devices, using the Polycam application to access the archive.
Project leaders are in communication with Ukraine's Heritage Emergency Rescue Initiative, and coordinate with 3D scanning professionals to digitize artifacts faster and at larger scale.
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