Project introduction

Preview of SMARTMUSEUM solution

Demonstration video of SMARTMUSEUM solution

The overall objective of the project is to develop a platform for innovative services enhancing on-site personalised access to digital cultural heritage through adaptive and privacy preserving user profiling.

Using on-site knowledge databases, global digital libraries and visitors’ experiential knowledge, the platform makes possible the creation of innovative multilingual services for increasing interaction between visitors and cultural heritage objects in a future smart museum environment, taking full benefit of digitized cultural information.

The SMARTMUSEUM project supports achieving the following general goals:

  • Lowering costs of on-site access to digital cultural heritage content;
  • Improving structured, user behavior and preference dependent on-site access to the vast repository of cultural heritage;
  • Improving the individual and shared experiences people receive from cultural and scientific resources;
  • Bringing personalized cultural experience closer to non-expert communities;
  • Making real reuse of personal experiences related to cultural heritage access for a variety of interest groups.

Summary of activities

During the first year of SMARMUSEUM project the needs and interests regarding on-site digital content access were evaluated by walk-in visitors and museum professionals. Interviews performed by project partners clearly showed that participative, multimedia enabled access to cultural digital content is equally awaited by users of all countries. Based on high demand of full-featured audio-video experience the corresponding architecture of SMARTMUSEUM solution was developed and suitable Mobile Internet Devices were selected and tested. Practical design of web based software and user interfaces for museum multimedia guide and personal mobile phones started as well. The scientific focus of the first year project activities was on user formal profile description, statistical profiling software development and adaption of content annotation technologies. The most important result of first year activities is a common ontology for content, context and user preference presentation. During the next year the implementation of all components – user mobile device application, server software and digital content preparation will continue. Currently the project results have not reached public usage level.

Future Work or Exploitation Prospects

The second year of project will include continuation of development activities of user device HCI, SMARMUSEUM profiling software and demo set content preparation. In the middle of year 2009 integration of individual components and artifact tagging will start at the partner museums. The testing of the whole solution is planned to the end of the year to be in parallel with dissemination activities. Since the usability of SMARTMUSEUM solution depends on quantity of participating institutions the main target groups for result exploitation are museums and digital content holders. The focus of dissemination is on exhibitions and museum conferences already started on the national level. It is expected that the solution will acquire critical amount of users for effective services in 2-3 years.

Future work regarding SMARTMUSEUM dissemination and exploitation will be guided by the Exploitation plan which objects at the following targets:

  • Fully functional solutions will be developed at end user sites in Malta and Italy by the end of 2009;
  • Demonstration of the system is expected to be functional by June-July 2009;
  • Two workshops for end users and stakeholders will be held after the first demonstrators are implemented and tested.