The Syrian Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) is still carrying out its responsibilities to defend Syria's cultural heritage, which is the unifying factor of all Syrians and the key component of their cultural and national memory. In spite of the war the DGAM independently developed multiple activities across the country, including raising awareness, computerization, museum inventories and a news website.

DGAM Involvement

Trained by CyArk, DGAM, the local on-field partner, selected trainees in architecture, archaeology, engineering and computer science from Damascus and other provinces to collect information that includes RAW and ethnographic data. The participants excelled during the training and clearly demonstrated their proficiency in 3D documentation; about fifteen trainees received a certificate of participation.

CyArk Aims

CyArk is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world's cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder for decades to come. We have recorded over 200 monuments on all 7 continents using reality capture technologies and we actively assist in the conservation and management of these sites. We archive data using state-of-the-art processes and share it in immersive ways that transport users who may never have a chance to experience them.

CyArk Involvement

CyArk provided digital documentation workshops to engineers and architects from the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Beirut, Lebanon in collaboration with the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project. The workshops provided training in capture technologies as well time to practice documentation and data processing. After the trainings, CyArk provided remote support to the DGAM team, reviewed the collected data and facilitated its transfer to the Project Anqa partners.


ICOMOS’ mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites. It participates in the development of doctrine and conducts advocacy. ICOMOS is an Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO. It reviews the nominations of cultural world heritage and ensures the conservation status of properties.

ICOMOS Involvement

As the leader of Project Anqa, ICOMOS manages the efforts of the project partners and provides the scientific coordination of the project through the ICOMOS Working Group on the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq.


Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is a Carleton University Research Centre (CURC) affiliated with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. Over the past decade, CIMS has developed an international reputation working with public, private, and not-for-profit partners to develop a diverse portfolio of projects that demonstrate the potential of new and emerging digital technologies for architectural rehabilitation and heritage conservation.

CIMS Involvement

CIMS provided a team to create Project Anqa’s final web platform and virtual tours. Work included creating panoramic tours with the data provided by DGAM and CyARK, as well as creating renderings and animations using the point cloud data.

Mitacs Aims

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 18 years. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Mitacs Involvement

Mitacs awarded a Globalink Research Internship to a student from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico to participate in a research project at Carleton University, specifically Project Anqa. The student has become an integral part of the Anqa team and has assisted CIMS Lab in the creation of the web platform, virtual tours and data processing.

Yale Aims

Yale is dedicated to expanding, sharing and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations. They engage with institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding and train the next generation of world leaders.

Yale Involvement

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at Yale University, with support from the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory, developed a pilot web platform using data from Al-‘Azm Palace for the dissemination of open-access data for Project Anqa. The team at Yale also wrote and presented a paper on Project Anqa at the 26th International Symposium of CIPA.