La Fortuna Visiva di Pompei
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Short history of the project

The Visual Fortune of Pompeii originated in 2002 from an existing study set up by Paola Barocchi. It is promoted and carried out by a scientific team of the Scuola Normale Superiore directed by Benedetto Benedetti, with the scientific coordination of Maria Emilia Masci.

In 2003 the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii (now: Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii) joined the project as promoting institution, after the subscription of an agreement.

Other agreements were then signed with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Rom, which contributes very precious documents and books from its Archive and Library, and with the Central National Library of Florence, which permitted to reproduce and to publish on the web rare and precious ancient books.

The project has been funded in different ways during the years, with internal funding from Scuola Normale Superiore, with PRIN funding by the Italian Ministry of the University and the Research and with European funding, by the projects BRICKS - Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services (2004-2007. Integrated project, 6th FP) and CARARE - Connecting ARchaeology and ARchitecture in Europeana (2010-2013. ICT PSP 2009 - Best Practice Network).

In 2011 the whole information system and the website of The Visual Fortune of Pompeii have been completely redesigned in collaboration with Liberologico.

The redesign of the system permitted to increase our Digital Archive adding descriptive records of Monuments, and to link some of them with the 3D models representing the buildings of the Civil Forum of Pompeii. Those 3D models were realized by the staff of the Politecnique of Milan directed by Gabriele Guidi, for the project in agreement among Arcus S.p.a. Scuola Normale Superiore and Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii (II tranche, 2007-2009). During the same project other 3D models, reproducing architectural structures and decorations from the Forum and from other environments in Pompeii, were produced by the staff of DAPT - University of Bologna, directed by Marco Gaiani. Those 3D models can be linked with the resources of the Archive in the future.

Thanks to the European project CARARE, the publication on the web of the 3D models reproducing the buildings of the Forum is currently ongoing, and the system has been integrated with an OAI repository, which will permit to expose metadata of the Visual Fortune of Pompeii to Europeana and to other web portals.

The documentation on the project is listed in the page Publications.