Monash 3D Group Data

Monash 3D Group Data

The Monash 3D Group (M3DG) at the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) uses the practical and theoretical potentials of 3D animation for academic research. M3DG has been engaged in a wide range of research projects, majority of which showing an emphasis on the visualisation of cultural heritage, transport design, environmental simulation and biology. Two of these preeminent projects are the Visualising Angkor Project and the Monash Country Lines Archive. The Visualising Angkor project explores the 3D generation and animation of landscapes, people, soundscapes and architecture in a medieval century Cambodian metropolis. The resulting scenes draw upon a wide range of archaeological and historical data, from bas-reliefs to Chinese eyewitness accounts and extensive mapping undertaken by the Greater Angkor Project and the Ecole Francaise D’Extreme – Orient (EFEO). In comparison to the familiar historical staples of Rome, Greece and Egypt, the virtual image of Angkor remains unexplored. The recent inclusion of Angkor as a subject of study in the Australian national High School history curriculum is timely, but it also presents some interesting challenges. The Monash Country Lines Archive is a collaborative Monash University project that demands intellectual engagement in regards to issues associated with how best to construct a living archive that is a decolonised space in which communities are happy to see their material stored. It also provides an exciting place for scholars to work and share knowledge. The collection consists of digital assets produced, generated and used to create the digital environments, worlds, animations, models for the Monash 3D Group projects.