Authors: Novaković, Maja 
Šegan-Radonjić, Marija 
Vukelić, Dejan 
Affiliations: Computer Science 
Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts 
Title: Virtual Exhibition on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Mathematical Institute SANU
Journal: Abstract Book
First page: 39
Last page: 40
Conference: 16th Annual International Conference on Mathematics: Teaching, Theory & Applications 27-30 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Issue Date: 2022
Rank: M34
ISBN: 978-960-598-502-8
This year, the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of
Sciences and Arts, headquartered in Belgrade, is marking its 75th
anniversary. On that occasion, a special exhibition was organized in a
virtual format, conditioned by the challenges posed to the modern
world by the coronavirus pandemic. The paper will review how
modern digital technologies and the principles of digitization of
cultural and scientific heritage have been used to present the
Mathematical Institute to the public in a digital environment. What
makes this virtual "setting" so specific is that it is dedicated to a
scientific institution, whose premises, laboratories, and objects have
been used as exhibition space and exhibits to show the development of
the very institution. The paper shows that scientific institutions are not
only research performing organizations, but also guardians of the past
through their archives, libraries and works of art. For example, the
collection of the Mathematical Institute houses representative bronze
busts and portraits in oil of famous Serbian scientists, among which
stands out the portrait of Mihailo Petrović, the founder of the Serbian
Mathematical School, the work by the eminent realist painter Uroš
Predić from 1943. Furthermore, the paper recognizes that members of
scientific institutions, in addition to their primary scientific research
mission, can take on the role of private collectors, whose memorabilia
can complement the archival collections of scientific institutions. Thus,
academician Dragoš Cvetković, a longtime member of the Mathematical
Institute, shared his correspondence with famous mathematicians Richard
Bellman, Paul Erdős, and Donald Knut for the purposes of the
exhibition. The paper then focuses on the technical implementation of
the virtual exhibition, based on the following techniques for recording
and displaying selected content in a digital environment: recording the
premises of the Mathematical Institute with 360° cameras to create a
virtual tour, 2D scanning of archival material to obtain digital documents,
3D scanning of exhibits to create 3D models, digitization of audio and
video materials, and augmented reality technology for the purpose of
connecting artefacts in physical space with the corresponding data in
the digital environment. The result is a virtual exhibition containing
over seventy contributions on the history of the Mathematical Institute,
its mission and organization, including the ongoing research efforts and
projects whose leaders are permanent and external associates. In
chronological terms, the exhibition covers the framework from 1838,
when the first Department of Mathematics in Serbia was established, to
2021, when the Mathematical Institute was declared an institution of
national importance for the Republic of Serbia. The virtual exhibition is
publicly available in two formats: as an Android and IOS mobile
application, and as standard web presentation. In the concluding remarks,
the advantages and disadvantages of the digital presentation of an
exhibition‟s content in comparison to exhibition displays in a physical
environment are emphasized. Although the virtual format cannot
replace the experience of direct contact with the real object, it is
concluded that such a model represents an adequate alternative in
times of crisis or when the exhibition materials are not readily available.
Publisher: Athens Institute for Education and Research

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