Work on an Ethical Charter for 3D began in 2008, under the auspices of the Institut géographique national of France, the Principality of Monaco, the Federal Office for Topography of the Swiss Confederation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Lyon’s Urban Planning Agency, the city of Montreal and the Géovision-Avenir urban design and planning agency.
There will be a presentation signing at Imagina 2010, at the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development stand on 4 February.
Officially, it is designed to create a shared ‘operating manual’ for all product developers and users, defining the context, aims and criteria for the use and representation of 3D data. In reality, the ethics tool is aimed to create an authorized use for a ‘3D OK’ logo, so that if you hire an architect (for example), they will certify that all the drawings that they create will originate from other 3D OK derived documents. The docs will have metadata associated with it, and if the project is 3D OK, all the metadata will say 3D OK as well.
In an age when anyone can bring data into Google Sketch-up, it is clear that professionals need an ethical framework in territory management, that 3D data can allow realistic digital mock-ups to be created with a policy for implementation. Thus, communication, public consultation and project management tools can be relied upon as they correspond to actual sites and that can be used in urban, countryside and transport infrastructure projects. This helps put governmental bodies on a par with corporate levels of funding, which helps bolster long term planning for communities.
The link is only in French: 3DOK.org
A horrid english translation can be gotten at Google. The originators expect to have official German and English documents in é weeks from the signing.