Standards are recognised as one of the foundations of the Network, as they should be for any scientific activity. Co-operation and integration are indeed impossible, if all the interested parties do not agree on the way in which data are stored, exchanged and output for further processing. The pipeline concept implies that outcomes of a process are inputs to the next one, what is impossible if there is no match between the ways output is produced by the former and input are expected by the latter.
However, as matter of fact standardization is still far to achieve in Cultural Heritage, and EPOCH is committed to remove any obstacle that may delay this objective. The Network fosters the application of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model-CRM (ISO 21127) at all its partners, facilitating this through training dissemination and access to documentation. Mapping partners’ internal data structures to CIDOC-CRM is also a way to promote the adoption of this international standard. Concerning technological standards, EPOCH is actively investigating those more suitable for use in 3D applications to cultural heritage.
EPOCH strongly supports the establishment of charters concerning the communication of Cultural Heritage, such as the Ename Charter , a document originally proposed by one of EPOCH partners and being elaborated by a special committee of ICOMOS, the international organization of monuments and sites.
EPOCH is also pushing forward the definition of an international charter on the credibility of virtual reconstructions, named the London Charter , whose draft text is available on this site.