Exploring the Digital Frontier of our Cultural Heritage

Meta Lab is a collaborative initiative, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Our Mission is to gather and share expertise at the intersection of culture and technology through reports, video interviews, and prototypes.
Attention to Museum Professionals:

MetaLab is conducting an extensive research on the state of digitization of our cultural heritage.

If you are affiliated with a cultural institution or possess insights into the digitization of cultural assets, particularly within the museum sector, we cordially invite you to join us in this vital endeavor.

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Participate in the Survey: If you have expertise in this field, please consider taking a few moments to complete our questionnaire. Your insights are invaluable.

All responses are treated with utmost confidentiality. We respect your privacy, and the information you provide will be anonymized. Our findings will be shared openly and freely through our various channels for the benefit of all.

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" The time is right
for a new Digital Renaissance "

Unprecedented connections

A new era of connectivity

Innovations in digitization, Web3, and immersive technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for global communities to connect, exchange, and immerse themselves with our rich cultural heritage.

A New Narratives

From Cabinets to Catalysts

Museums are moving far beyond their traditional roles of brick-and-mortar cabinets of curiosity. They are transforming into vibrant platforms, challenging conventional narratives and becoming catalysts for diverse conversations that celebrate our cultural diversity and multiple perspectives.
Image: Cosmo Wenman

Rediscovering lost treasures

Crafting the Past Anew

Thanks to the rapid growth 3D technology, we can recreate semi-lifelike renditions of artifacts, bringing together fragments of our history that were once lost, concealed, or scattered across the globe.

Meta Lab's main focus areas:

Digitization Excellence
We explore best practices for the digitization, preservation, and dissemination of cultural heritage sites and artifacts in the digital age.

Governance & Management
Meta Lab delves into best practices in governance, database systems, and metadata management for digital copies of cultural sites and artifacts, ensuring a structured and accessible repository.

Open Access Advocacy
We actively promote the open access visibility and utilization of digital cultural sites and artifacts across the private and public sectors, fostering widespread accessibility.

Community Building
Meta Lab is a catalyst for collaboration, building an ecosystem of knowledge exchange and community building around our cultural heritage, encouraging collective preservation efforts and multiperspectivity.

Web3 Innovation
We're at the forefront of harnessing cutting-edge web3 technologies AI, digitization, blockchain and immersive solutions to enhance the digital world for our cultural heritage, ensuring it remains relevant and engaging for current and future generations.


We're actively crafting prototypes that spark meaningful conversations, pioneering novel approaches to create and share 3D digital replicas of cultural sites and artifacts, with a commitment to universal accessibility and multiperspectivity.

Please note that all work is subject to change as the project evolves.


Project DIGITIZE aims to innovate and shed light on new techniques that may reduce costs and time in crafting digital replicas of cultural treasures.

AI technologies like NERF and 3D Gaussian Splatting already show promises in improving time, quality and cost for the creation of 3D scans compared to traditional techniques such as photogrammetry.

Other complementary techniques such as Flash Capture and Cross Polarization show great potential to obtain realistic roughness and metalness of materials.

However, scanning an artefact is only the first step. And more often than not is where cultural institutions stop, due to lack of incentives and resources.

For our cultural heritage to be more present in creative industries, it is important to explore standardizations and asset optimization.
CC-BY-NC-SA - Based on the 3D model produced by Trigon Art, Berlin 2008
Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
LOD, or Level Of Details, is a key technique in real-time 3D. It maintains quality while optimizing efficiency, displaying high-quality models when users are near and less accurate ones as they move away.


Project Arkifact delves into the efficient management, visualization, and sharing of 3D assets online for cultural institutions and professionals.

It serves as an experimental hub, unveiling solutions encompassing security, standardization of assets, collection curation, and exhibition creation.

Additionally, the platform explores open-access technologies as an approach to digital restitution, fostering diverse conversations and multiperspectivity around its artifacts.
Arkifact, early prototype


Project ARKIVR, builds upon our earlier prototypes, exploring fresh avenues for experiencing our cultural heritage in immersive realms.

By stepping into the shoes of future content creators, we strive to detect and address potential challenges they might encounter, thereby refining techniques and workflows.

ARKIVR delves into the utilization of Web3 technologies, encompassing 3D interactive worlds, AI assisted guides, enhanced accessibility, gamification, and innovative tools for content creators to craft virtual exhibitions, offering a contextual tapestry of artifacts from diverse collections and perspectives.
ARKIVR VR Museum prototype
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