The idea of the Initiative is based on 20 years of topic forming and developing which culminated in a paper given on World Cultural Heritage Conference EUROMED 2014 (supported and organized by ISPRS, CIPA, ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM) which was held in November 2014 in Lemessos, Cyprus. The paper was recognised as the best paper presented at the Conference and it was awarded the first Prize of Werner Weber Award.
Early Watercraft is a research project, developed by Bojan Kastelic within post graduate thesis at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, mentored by prof. Franc Solina, PhD (Head of Computer Vision Laboratory). The main objective of the project is to use Arches to present all Slovenian logboats, published by Miran Erič, MSc at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (IPCHS). The project coincided with the first meeting of the "Global Initiative - Early Watercraft – A global perspective of invention and development" and was adapted to meet the goals of the initiative - to try out Arches as a framework for a global perspective of invention and development of Early Watercraft.
Data entry into Early Watercraft is still in process. Currently it includes detailed information on nearly all known logboats found in the area of Ljubljansko barje, Slovenia. These data represent the discussion basis for the Global Initiative. If proven worthy, this project's scope will expand to include Early Watercraft data of the entire world.