MED-QUAD: the first test shooting digital imaging of a living lab for culture took place in Greece


The executives of the International Hellenic University and Epimorfotiki Kilkis sm LLC - partners of MED-QUAD project, with the utilization of modern technologies, started the realization of research/scientific works in the cave of Kilkis, where is located the living lab for "Applied Research on Utilization of Cultural Heritage" (ARCHEO). The living lab is an open space for the public and will contribute to the exploitation and promotion of cultural heritage thanks to modern technological means.

The use of modern technologies will carry out research and scientific work in the cave of Kilkis. The living lab will highlight a remarkable attraction of Greece from a historical, cultural and tourist point of view. The excitement of the project partners since the first test shooting digital imaging of the Cave in Kilkis is understandable since this is a significant action for culture. The first test imaging was made possible using the modern digital mapping camera, recently acquired by the implementation of MED-QUAD project. The research and scientific staff of the partners were trained on-site in the live laboratory to use the specialized equipment (MATTERPORT PRO2 3D photogrammetric camera) and the possibilities it offers.

Now, at the ARCHEO living lab in the cave of Ag. Georgiou in Kilkis, the research/scientific work on the digital mapping of the cave that will lead to the creation of augmented and virtual reality visualization can begin. This action will offer the (virtual or not) visitor the possibility to simulate the experience in the cave.

The operation of the living lab constitutes the tangible approach of the Quadruple Helix Approach, putting into practice the participation and cooperation of the four main actors (i.e. universities, businesses, local government and society) to achieve an innovation environment adapted to the new digital age. The ARCHEO living lab in Kilkis collaborates with the living labs created by universities in Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia, forming a physical and virtual space. In the living lab' area, with the demand for new products and services from all its stakeholder Quadruple Helix finds the right factors that push the local innovation potential of start-ups, SMEs, and female and youth entrepreneurship.

The scientific staff who will implement the ARCHEO "living cross-border laboratory" functions in Kilkis will cooperate with the Municipality of Kilkis (collaborating partner of the project).

Here is an impressive sample from the first test shot of the living lab's digital imaging in Kilkis.

IHU expert on the first test shooting at the Agios Georgios cave in Kilkis,Greece