CyArk: Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage


CyArk is a 501c3 non profit organization with the mission of: digitally preserving cultural heritage sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies.

“To better understand the threats facing cultural heritage, CyArk has also developed an interactive Hazard Map to help visualize individual site risk.”


“CyArk uses the data captured in the creation of educational and cultural tourism media which is then broadly disseminated via the CyArk website”



1. A site is chosen based off many factors, specifically individual site need, and its significance to human culture.

2. Upon arrival at a project site, the CyArk team uses a variety of methods to thoroughly collect and document the site. These include traditional survey techniques, new photographic processes, and 3D laser scanning.

3. Collecting data in such a manner allows CyArk to create a multitude of “deliverables” including CAD drawings, High Dynamic Range photographs, accurate 3D Point Clouds, and multimedia for educational and cultural tourism.

4. Once these files have been created they are securely stored in the CyArk archives and made available to site managers and the public in the Heritage Sites section of our website.