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Sunday, 05 Feb 2023

Access to Visualisation Resources

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Visualisation resources for the project are divided into two categories:

Hardware: Access to physical visualisation facilities
Software: Software tools to aid in capturing, visualising and manipulating scientific information


The amount of access and user support available for these facilities will vary by the hosting site and the current workload of the associated teams. If you are interested in accessing any of the available facilities then please contact us directly through  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (Hardware)

A prototype imaging center for archaeological objects and works of art, using RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) technology has been completed in collaboration with partners from U.S. academic institutions. It is comprised of a 360 degree camera and a polynomial texture mapping (PTM) dome which will shed new light to Cypriot cultural heritage as early activities have shown. Training courses have been held for Cypriot partners, pilot applications have been completed, and collaborative projects are already planned with several cultural authorities and institutions such as the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, and the Cyprus Department of Antiquities.

Stereoscopic Projection System (Hardware)

The Stereoscopic Projection System is a rear projected stereoscopic display with its associated equipment which has been developed in partnership with the National Centre for Super Computing Applications for 3-D analysis and presentation of cultural heritage objects and other scenarios, such as climate patterns.

CAVE System Specifications (Hardware)

Flying FLEX Visualization System

1. Projection Surfaces

Soft Screens: Three soft active stereoscopic screens installed as vertical rear-projected surfaces. These screens are made of special nylon film, which allows for a high transmittance of active stereo imaging.

Floor: A Fakespace Floor Screen installed as a horizontal front projected to provide the ability to project a quality stereoscopic image onto a floor which can also be walked on.

Fakespace Seamless Screen Corners: Fakespace Seamless Screen Corners installed to create an unnoticeable corner when an image is being projected.

2. Video Projectors

HIGHlite 120000sx+: Super high brightness digital video projector.

HIGHlite 80000sx+: Super high brightness digital video projector.

3. Audio System

A Denon DVR-2106 audio receiver installed to provide the ability to switch, output, and amplify audio signals to the FLEX speaker system. A Denon DN-V300 DVD/CD player installed to provide the ability to play Dolby Digital/DTS 6.1/5.1 audio signals over the FLEX speaker system.

4. Stereoscopic Eyewear

Six pairs of StereoGraphics Crystal-Eyes active stereoscopic glasses and ten pairs of NuVision active stereoscopic glassesn installed to provide the ability to view stereoscopic images displayed on the FLEX system.

5. Sonic Tracking System

The Intersense IS-900 is a hybrid acoustic-intertial six degree of freedom (6DOF) position and orientation tracking system. This system interfaces with the master node of the PC cluster via RS232C and VRCO’s TrackD tracking daemon. Included with this system are two tracked devices, a wireless head tracker, which is attached to a pair of stereoscopic galsses, and a wireless wand interface.


1.  Operating System: RHEL 6

2.  Diverse: (based on OpenGL), used to run the cluster (communication between nodes)

3.  OpenSceneGraph: encapsulation for OpenGL as classes.

4.  Avizo: commercial software for visualization.

Virtual Director (Software)

Virtual Director is a collaborative choreography tool for scientific visualization. It allows users to use 6 degree-of-freedom (6DOF) input devices to interactively navigate through a dataset and record and edit camera paths. These camera paths can then be fed to a high-quality, offline renderer for production.

Medici (Software)

Medici provides scalable storage with automated processing capabilities and a web 2.0 interface that provides social annotations, geo tagging, preview capabilities, dynamically extensible metadata, data provenance support, and citable persistent data references.  Medici does not impose restrictions on the data type, size or nature of the data uploaded. Researchers can store images, videos, documents, 3D models, audio, and any file type they choose.  The latest release, v1.2, supports https, anonymous access, the ability to upload an ontology, the ability to apply a taxonomy to the data, and the ability to create multiple component data sets.  The system provides a RESTful interface for other clients and tools to interact with the server. User can use an HTML 5 drag-n-drop upload for single or bulk upload, bulk download is supported, the ability to embed data into other sites using an data link and improved 3D data preview that include HTML 5, Java 3D & OpenGL previewers.  Medici was designed and developed at NCSA with the input from numerous research communities in different disciplines.  It‘s designed to be extensible and adapt to the needs of communities through the customization of previews and automate data analytics or extraction services that are intiated up file upload.  Medici is an NCSA opensource project that is available and we recommend its use for building collaborative communities that are focused on sharing data and automating analytics.