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The project includes one day of free super high-resolution digitization at the museum. The number of works that can be digitized will be decided on depending on the characteristics of the selected artworks, scheduling availability and the space where the digitization will be take place(photo studio, exhibition room, storeroom). If it can be done in a photo studio, generally one working day is enough time to digitize between four and six pieces. The minimum number needed to participate in the project is five, so the one free day has been decided on with this requirement in mind.

These files are the property of the museum or institution. Should the collaboration come to an end, Madpixel will give up the rights to use the super high-resolution digitizations without charging any royalty.

Until 31 December 2019 the license is paid for by the project (that is, by the EU and Madpixel). Once this period has ended, we will give you six additional months as a courtesy, covered exclusively by Madpixel. After that, if you wish to continue using Second Canvas outside the scModules project, you will have to pay the license fee, In any case, one of the primary goals of scModules is to come up with a model that is sustainable and of interest to everyone involved.

The minimum necessary to participate in Second Canvas is five works of art with, at least five details for each artwork to prepare the storytelling. The end user is believed to have a good experience with that.  

Yes, it’s possible to embed Second Canvas on a website using a player, similar to the way videos are embedded on YouTube. This way on your website you can publish the explorable super high-resolution image with storytelling, audio guide and all the other enriched content each artwork has.

Here you can see how the Thyssen does it on their website ( click on “ver gigapixel”)

Yes. Two-dimensional artworks can also be digitized even though they have relief, add-ons, etc. As an example, you can see the work of Antoni Tápies (with bits of wood, iron and straw) in the Fundación Telefónica Second canvas app.

For objects with volume (small pieces), we use 3D-Photo format with which the object be turned on an axis so it can be explored, while it has, at the same time, the functionalities of storytelling, etc. You can see an example of this with the works of Joseph Cornell on the Thyssen Second canvas app.

The scModules project is co-funded by the European Union and Madpixel. Both the cost of the day of digitization as well as the Second Canvas license are therefore completely covered. There are no additional costs of any kind.

-Facilitate the digitization session

-Create and upload the storytelling content for each artwork to the platform using CMS Second Canvas.

-Select the digitized artwork with which the museum will participate in the pilot project (Madpixel is responsible for carrying out all the other tasks corresponding to these activities).

-Complete the questionnaires on the different activities and processes that you will be given.

Digitizing an artwork can take from 30 to 40 minutes, depending on its size and the conditions of the space. Under ideal conditions (in a photo studio with controlled lighting, and with pieces no larger than 200 x 200 cm), between four and six pieces can be digitized per session.

Until 31 December 2019 the license is paid for by the project (that is, by the EU and Madpixel). Once this period has ended, we will give you six additional months as a courtesy, covered exclusively by Madpixel. After that, if you wish to continue using Second Canvas outside the scModules project, you will have to pay the license fee, In any case, one of the primary goals of scModules is to come up with a model that is sustainable and of interest to everyone involved.

The exhibits will be curated, and so the concept, the art that will be included and the connection tying the pieces together will be decided by the curator. In any case,all the proposals will be communicated to and agreed upon by all the participating museums. Additionally, all the institutions will have an active role in deciding how to participate and what to share in these digital exhibitions.