You can now help Microsoft in restoring Notre Dame Cathedral

Microsoft in partnership with Iconem recently announced a new project called “Open Notre Dame”. It is a open source project that will help everyone to better understand and analyze the building in its history. Anyone can contribute to this project by submitting photos of this monument. By analyzing the photos submitted by various people, this project will also create a 3D model of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Details on this project:

  • The temporal patterns of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris will be especially made available on GitHub.
  • The opening and the pooling of all these data via GitHub will directly feed different initiatives and skills: the EPFL of Lausanne (which creates dynamic models of cities), Inria, the Huma-Num (CNRS and Archeovision) consortium and will power all the scientific studies around the building.
  • Many partners already contribute to the project through their statements, images, and plans that will be the basis for these models open source: air (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, PSVT) images, pictures very high resolution (Cornis company and first surveys by) Iconem) thousands of images of documentation created by Ubisoft.

You can learn more about this project here. It would be great if Microsoft brings back Photosynth version of Notre Dame for anyone who wants to explore this building online.

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