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Indian Museum ties up with Google Cultural Institute to digitize its galleries


Artifacts, historical paintings and sculptures within the galleries of Indian Museum will soon be available in a 360-degree panoramic format through a tie-up with Google Cultural Institute (GCI), PTI reported. All of the 35 physical galleries across categories like Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. from the Indian Museum in Kolkata will be digitized under the GCI project. Currently, 3 galleries including Buddhist art and Gandhara sculptures are available for viewing online.

The GCI project from Google helps digitize historical exhibits, collections, galleries from museums all over the world and display it online in a viewable format. It was launched globally in 2011 and in India in 2012, by initially partnering with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. Currently, GCI works with more than 18 Indian institutions.

GCI partnership with National Museum

In August last year, the GCI added over 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits from India, in partnership with the National Museum. At that time, GCI said that it will be digitizing material from 10 other partner institutions, namely the Salar Jung Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata, Dastkari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, among others.

The project also added 26 different virtual tours of the Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple and the royal saloon, along with sites and galleries having ancient architecture and modern day contemporary art. These were captured using Google’s Street View technology. Other foundations such as Dastkaari Haat Samiti, Devi Art Foundation, Heritage Transport Museum and Kalakriti Archives partnered with GCI to launch mobile apps, to show their exhibits.

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Other developments:

In March this year, Google added panoramic views of 31 monuments and Indian archaeological sites on Google Maps and the Google Cultural Institute. The ASI had launched a national portal for museums. Collections in all museums under its control and those under the ASI would be digitized and presented on this portal.

In August last year, Google India extended its partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) by adding 360-degree panoramic images of 76 new heritage sites to Google Maps. Additionally, 30 exhibitions of arts and historical institutions and over 1400 cultural objects from India could be viewed via the Google Cultural Institute. These exhibitions can be viewed here.

Image Credit: Flickr User Maria Gilbert under CC BY-SA 2.0

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