SVAC Press Release 1

Press Release: R&D Funding Awarded to Worknet Ltd for SVAC Project (1st December 2012)

Worknet Ltd, a UK hosted desktop and IT services company, has been awarded Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Smart award funding for a new project “Scanned Vertical Artwork Cloud”( SVAC) starting on 1st December 2012. Worknet will carry out the research in partnership with University College London (UCL) in a £100k project running over 9 months. The Technology Strategy Board is jointly funded by the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and other UK government departments, devolved administrations, regional development agencies and research councils

Worknet brings its remote server environment and hosting expertise to the successor to an earlier TSB funded FastTrack Digital Art Capture project, in which UCL demonstrated the feasibility of constructing a 2D scanning microscope to capture overlapping ultra-high resolution photographs of artwork laid in the horizontal plane facing upwards. That system was trialled by Tate Gallery who gave a very favourable review and identified a number of possible improvements and additional functionality, which would increase the flexibility of the system. In this project, the system will be tested over a larger area and be upgraded to be capable of scanning vertically mounted artwork. This was deemed vitally important by Tate Gallery as it is neither desirable nor convenient to move fragile and valuable artwork unnecessarily. The original novel software will be developed to run on a distributed (“Cloud”) platform rather than a local laptop computer and the functional area increased to A4, requiring the transmission and manipulation of data files approaching 1Gb in size. The aim of this project is to prove the concept of a vertical scanning mechanism, and the portability of the software onto a hosted platform.