The Digital Media Centre (DMC) is amongst the first recipients of funding under the new Cultural Technology Grant Scheme. The DMC is to begin working with the National Gallery Ireland (NGI) on Virtual Galleries having secured funding from the Department of Tourism Culture and Sport’s innovative new scheme, aimed at promoting Irish arts and culture.
The DMC, a multi-disciplinary research and development group within the College of Arts & Tourism in DIT, will build on previous work with the NGI to provide an easily-accessible 3D gallery of the historic buildings and collections.
In 2002, the DMC produced an interactive 3D gallery (i3G) to recreate the environment and content of the Gallery as interactive vehicles for use by the public and gallery staff. This latest project will revisit the Virtual Gallery and make it available to the public via the NGI’s website. Improvements in broadband speeds combined with more robust 3D platforms now make it feasible to develop a public online presence for the Virtual Gallery. In order to make this possible the DMC will need to migrate existing models to up to date web dissemination technologies.
The new Cultural Technology Grant Scheme aims to use the best of modern technology to promote Irish arts and culture in all its forms and across a variety of new and existing technology methods. The scheme was launched by Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport earlier this year.
The DMC is building a reputation as specialists in the research and development of effective online Digital Heritage strategies and systems. Previous clients in this sector include the National Gallery, the Library Council, the National Museum and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
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