Caldes de Malavella Canal du Midi Public wash house Fonte do Idolo
The project's initial scope to create a simple digital archive was surpassed by the groups' desire to open the thematic reasoning, on which their case studies were based, to an encyclopaedic approach, thus introducing instead a "waterwikipedia" (www.waterwikipedia.org), based on "wiki" technology, whose contents will belong to accredited experts and whose aim will be to collect and distribute, worldwide, research focused on water cultural heritage assets.

The "virtual tours" are organized according to the same thematic categories, developed by the project, on which are based both the case studies and the data base. This allowed to create and implement a technologically advanced solution that tapping into the documentation of the database it reworks photographs, maps, text and iconography so as to generate, for each item of water cultural heritage asset inserted, an original video that allows the creation of a virtual tour based on the association introduced by the thematic categories. These regard the major functions - uses: domestic, infrastructural, playful, productive, rural, sacred and therapeutic.

The "virtual tours" can be consulted both online and onsite. The user can choose to visit on the web all water cultural heritage assets documented in the database around the world which belong to the same thematic category, or to personally visit the sites where they are located. In this second case the user can view on a mobile support, thanks to the recognition of geographical coordinates, all relative to the water artefact information stored regarding historical photographs, 3D reconstructions and descriptive texts.

The conception of "waterwikipedia" was one of the activities of the project WATER "SHAPES" - Meanings, uses and architectural works related to the most precious gift Culture Programme 2007-2013 - Project Agreement n. 2010 - 1127 / 001 - 001 CU7-COOP7

"This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein"