Global Digital Heritage

GDH Mission and Goals


Global Digital Heritage (GDH) is a not-for-profit, private research and education organization dedicated to documenting, monitoring, and preserving our global cultural and natural heritage. We use digital visualization, 3D virtualization, geospatial informatics, and open access solutions to provide digital data and 3D models to governments, regional institutions, museums, local scholars, and the public. A key element of our mission is the democratization of science-we make all data freely available to the world in support of cultural heritage, heritage management, education, public access, scientific research, and to enhance the digital humanities.


We believe that many nations, local and regional museums, and universities have specific and spectacular places, monuments, and museum collections that are critical to the global scientific agenda. While these are often recognized for their heritage value, they are underutilized in science and research because of distance or because the scientific community does not know they exist. We use virtualization technology to digitize entire collections, entire museums, and entire archaeological and paleontological landscapes. We make virtual repositories available to any student, any child, any scientist or any enthusiast anywhere in the world at any time. We create online analytical tools to democratize education and research through global analyses and exploration. Our virtual repository approach allows scientific analyses of places, monuments, and collections on a global scale, and provides a mean to highlight the importance of those collections to their communities.


In the face of an increasingly hostile world, a global landscape where conflict and natural disaster are destroying our shared heritage at an accelerating rate, we provide 3D digital services to document and preserve places and specimens critical to our global heritage. We do this for free. We then return all of the data and results to the host institution or regional/local authorities who can do anything they wisah with the materials. All we ask is that we are allowed to publish papers on the project, and to also include the scan data and results on our web site.