With the help of a $2.5 million grant, the Eternal Egypt project brought the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world.
The Eternal Egypt website includes an unprecedented experience of high-resolution images. Many of the Eternal Egypt visitors expressed their wish to license and use these images.
The Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) and IBM have been working together through a unique partnership to use innovative IBM technologies and services to come up with the ‘Eternal Egypt’.
§ Create an interactive, multimedia experience of Egyptian cultural artifacts, places and history for a global audience
§ Provide visitors with the capability to purchase images
§ Eternal Egypt included three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic images, and panoramic views of present-day Egypt captured by robotic cameras located from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo
§ The website created an innovative, interactive map and timeline to guide Eternal Egypt visitors through Egypt's cultural heritage, while a "context navigator" presents the complex relationships between objects, places and personalities of Egypt's past in a unique, web-like display
§ Following the platinum anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, anyone with access to the internet can enter a three-dimensional reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb, as it was when Howard Carter and his colleagues discovered it and wiped the dust of a grave of 3000 years age
§ The experience is only one part of Eternal Egypt, which is accessible by handheld digital guides in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, by cell phone for pyramids visitors Giza or Luxor Temple in Upper Egypt, or through the Eternal Egypt web site