Microsoft Internet Explorer yesterday announced their new partnership with CyArk, an organization committed to ensuring that world heritage sites are available for future generations, as part of their presence at the 2014 CyArk Annual Summit. Using the latest web technologies, Microsoft teamed up to build an all new website for CyArk to showcase the world’s most treasured cultural sites. This website is based on models scanned and built by CyArk that are accurate down to the half inch, this new CyArk.org will feature a number of sites in some of the most detailed 3D that has ever been seen on the web.
Designed from the ground-up for the modern touch browser, the all-new CyArk.org is built to scale with CyArk on their mission to document 500 heritage sites within five years. The new site utilizes advanced hardware acceleration and WebGL – a web technology that allows users to enjoy 3D content usually limited to apps but here available within a browser as well.
CyArk’s founders, Ben and Barbara Kacyra, were inspired to act and protect the world’s collective heritage because of the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan Buddahs in Afghanistan in 2003. Their efforts were possible because of, among other things, an understanding of the technology expertise needed – including 3D scanning, computer graphics, photogrammetry, and more – for digital preservation on this scale.
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