Heritage Malta, through its National Museum of Fine Arts, is a project partner in SMARTmuseum, an FP7 project under the Cultural Knowledge Exchange Platform.
The general objective of the SMARTMUSEUM project is to develop a platform for innovative IT services enhancing on-site personalised access to digital cultural heritage through adaptive and privacy preserving user profiling. Using on-site distributed knowledge databases, global digital libraries and visitors’ experiential knowledge the platform makes possible the creation of innovative multilingual IT services for enhancing interaction between visitors and cultural heritage objects in a future smart museum environment, taking full benefit of the digitalised cultural information.
The project foresees the development of a practical solution and a demonstration platform consisting of:
a) on-site distributed knowledge base infrastructure and
b) access devices with personal area networking (PAN) support;
c) semantic web services for cultural heritage related knowledge search and
d) software for delivering the above mentioned objectives in cultural heritage knowledge exchange.
The activities of the project address a personalised approach to cultural exploration, including cultural tourism. The future smart museum IT infrastructure and services are capable of increasing bidirectional interaction between multilingual European citizens and cultural heritage objects, taking full benefit of the multi-source digitalised cultural information. By doing this, the SMARTMUSEUM project supports the achievement of the following general goals:
– lowering costs of on-site access to digital cultural heritage content
– improving structured, user behaviour and preference dependent on-site access to the vast repository of cultural heritage
– improving the meaning, individual and shared experiences people receive from cultural and scientific resources
– bringing personalised cultural experience closer to the non-expert community
– making real re-use of personal experiences related to cultural heritage access for a variety of interest groups
The infrastructure supporting the adaptation and demand-driven access to multimedia information is relying on a distributed knowledge-based (ambient RFID) technology. The scientific activities of the project are related to:
a) user interest profile formalisation and metadata handling;
b) user (personal and public) profile self-adaptive management;
c) ontological and semantic web searching.
– OU ELIKO TEHNOLOOGIA ARENDUSKESKUS, ESTONIA (LEAD PARTNER)
– INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE, FRANCE
– TEKNILLINEN KORKEAKOULU, FINLAND
– KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN, SWEDEN
– WEBGATE AD, BULGARIA
– HERITAGE MALTA, MALTA
– ISTITUTO E MUSEO DI STORIA DELLA SCIENZA, ITALY