Past European ICT projects

2010-2012
PuppyIR, an Open Source Environment to Construct Information Services for Children

Project’s aim
Helping children searching the internet

Partners
Twente University (NL – lead partner), University of Strathclyde (UK), University of Glasgow (UK), Leuven University (B), Delft University (NL), Emma Children’s Hospital (NL), Atos (ES)

Museon’s roles 
Responsible for requirements analysis and specification 
Development of an interactive quest for small groups, starting at a multitouch table
Testbed

Link to the PuppyIR website

2004-2006
DANAE, Dynamic and distributed Adaptation of scalable multimedia coNtent in a context Aware Environment

Project’s aim
The project proposed to address the dynamic and distributed adaptation of scalable multimedia content in a context-aware environment. Its objectives were to specify, develop, integrate and validate in a testbed a complete framework able to provide end-to-end quality of (multimedia) service at a minimal cost to the end-user. An application was specifically developed and implemented on a demonstrator, to illustrate the new service concepts pioneered by the Project.

Partners
France Telecom R&D (FR - lead partner), Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications (FR), IRISA / INRIA (FR), Imperial College London (UK), IMEC (B), RWTH Aachen (D), Siemens AG (D), T-Systems Nova (D), MIRA Lab (S), Klagenfurt University (Au), Université de Genève

Museon’s roles
Definition of the demonstrator: a mobile guided tour through the museum's exhibitions, using pda and tablet pc
Testbed

2001-2003
OpenHeritage: Enabling the European Culture Economy

Project’s aim
- Development of dynamic, computable models of territorial CH systems aimed at assessing and valorising the qualities and strengths of each regional or local cultural system;
- Development through integration of an innovative solution for collections management and user access in memory institutions based on existing systems developed by two of the partners;
- Deployment of Territorial Service Centres supporting memory institutions through facilities management, customer relationship management, storage, promotion and transaction services (a new model of cultural Application Service Provider (ASP);
- Validation of the model and related technologies and services in significant test beds, through a range of technological and territorial validation activities.

Partners
Space S.r.l. (IT, lead partner), Cultural Service Centre (AU), Digital Publishing Japan, Musée Des Tissus Et Des Arts Decoratifs (FR), Centro di Ingegneria Economica e Sociale "Cies" (IT), Museo Locale "Genna Maria" (IT), Adit Association For Documentation And New Information Technologies (RU), National Museums Of Scotland (UK), System Simulation Limited (UK), Cultural Heritage On Line (FR)

Museon’s role
Responsible for user requirements and evaluation of the system 

2001-2003
Regnet, Cultural Heritage in Regional Networks

Project’s aim
REGNET will set up a functional network of cultural service centres through Europe which will provide IT-services dedicated to cultural heritage organisations. A technical and legal framework, the REGNET system, for such a service infrastructure will be developed. This will offer services like data entry, search and retrieval, and e-Business. It will be based mainly on integration work using state-of-the-art components. The network will integrate multi-media industries, content providers and service centre operators. Existing cultural infrastructures will be exploited and new infrastructures should be developed where necessary.
The technical infrastructure should allow to set up even low cost service centres. The membership concept of the service centres will generate a critical mass of digital or physical goods contained in Content Provider's organisations.

Partners
Angewandte Informationstechnik GmbH AIT (lead partner, AT), Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (AT), Techno-Z Forschung & Entwicklung GmbH (AT), Information & Management Consulting IMAC (D), Stockholm University Library (SE), Lansmuseet pa Gotland (SE), Naturhistorika Riksmuseet (SE), Royal Swedish Academy of Science (SE), TARX nv (B), Regional Museum Mechelen (B), Motorola (I), Space s.r.l. (IT), Fratelli Alinari SpA (IT), Consorzio Civita (IT), Instituto Andaluz de Tecnologia (ES), GRANOLLERS CITY COUNCIL (ES), Institute of Computer and Communication Systems, ICCS (B), Southern Ural State University (RU), ZEUS Consulting S.A. (GER), Systema Informatics SA (GR), Informatics and Telematics Institute,Thessaloniki (GR), ValTech (FR), Terra Incognita Ltd. (UK)

2001-2004
Memoria, Helping Memory Institutions meet the Future

Project’s aim
The general aim of the Memoria project was the introduction into memory institutions of a set of sustainable innovation processes in order to boast their competitiveness and to fulfil their core potential mission towards territory development and job creation, with special reference to networks of regional institutions and to the dynamic aggregation of less favoured (e.g., peripheral, etc.) and ‘minor’ institutions. The objective was pursued through:
1. the systematic exploitation and adaptation of research and development results in the area of interactive multimedia solutions;
2. the transfer and adaptation of emerging technologies(the Application Service Provider model for Internet-based network services);
3. the implementation of efficient methodologies for knowledge management and exploitation. 

Partners
Space S.r.l. (IT), Comunità Montana Mugello, Council of Museum in Wales, University of Glamorgan System Simulation Ltd., CIES, Robotiker Foundation

1997-1998
SIMILE, Students In Museum Internet Learning Environments

Project’s aim
To set out as a pilot project to investigate the development of museums' educational web sites.

Partners
Natural History Museum London (UK), Heinz Nixdorf Museum (D), City College Norwich (UK)

Museon's role
Development & implementation of a pilot

1990-1995
RAMA, Remote Access To Museum Archives

Project’s aim
To offer a tool to users to retrieve multimedia information from museum archives through public telecommunications networks regardless of the database type and local area network (LAN) currently used by the museum.

Partners
Antikensammlung Berlin (D), Museo Arqueológico Nacional (ES), Musee d'Orsay (FR), Goulandris Museum (GR), Uffizi Museum (I), Ashmolean Museum/Beazly Archive (UK), Telesystemes (FR), Eutelis (FR), Polytechnical University Madrid (ES), Telefonica Sistemas (ES), Brameur (UK), Comp-Art (D), L-Cube (GR)

Museon’s role
Leading the work related to user requirements and user evaluation            
Content provider

1989-1992
EMN, European Museum Network

Project’s aim
The project was an application pilot in which the objective was to develop an advanced application of telecommunications in the cultural field. A full digital multimedia alpha-system was developed based on an Apple Macintosh IIfx platform and following the client-server concept. It was installed in 8 museums, their staff built a common multimedia data pool of 800 museum objects, each of them representing a multimedia data-document including a great number of related multimedia documents. One application was an authoring tool allowing the museum staff to edit and compose their own multimedia documents. The second application was a presentation system for lay museum visitors which allowed them to navigate from object led by keywords representing the visitors individual associations and impressions. Experiments with 2 Mbit/s links were conducted successfully, but because of high telecommunication cost, data updating was organised through dispatching storage media (re-writablemagneto-op tical cartidges). Affordable telecommunication links were urgently needed to support this service. The project shows that new telecommunications technologies can contribute to cultural integration amongst European Countries. A novel kind of service to the museum world was developed.

Partners
Fraunhofer-Institut für Systemtechnik und Innovationsforschung(D), Gulbenkian Museum (PT), Ubersee Museum (D), Polytechnical University Madrid (ES)

Museon’s role
Leading the work related to user requirements and user evaluation             
Content provider