The method was conceived as an Open Science approach, with relevance to:
transparency of the 3D reconstruction process;
scientificity of the method;
possibility of sharing online the results.
The EM method was elaborated as a formal language, with rules and symbols, to be used for mapping reasonings and data used during a 3D reconstruction process.
The Extended Matrix Framework (EMF), the entire ecosystem realized around the EM, includes functional software solutions suitable for:
creating a connection between the 3D scene, realized in Blender, and the EM (i.e., using Extended Matrix Tools), while modeling;
editing 3D data within Blender (i.e., using 3D Survey Collection);
representing and sharing online 3D models (i.e., using Aton).
Today, the EM is developed at the CNR of Rome (Digital Heritage Innovation Laboratory - DHILab), by E. Demetrescu, and it is employed in several reconstructive projects.
Since 2020 an international community has been created (the Extended Matrix Community) for supporting activities such as: development of the method, integration of the EM within different field of research, update of the documentation, dissemination, support etc..