PLUGGY addresses the need of the society to be actively involved in cultural heritage activities, not only as an observer, but also as a maintainer, creator and a major influencing factor.

A heritage that is everywhere, and relevant to everyday life, is one of the preconditions for genuine sustainability. Currently, there are not adequate ICT tools to support citizens in their everyday activities in shaping cultural heritage and be shaped by it. Existing applications and repositories for heritage dissemination do not really create heritage communities. Social platforms certainly offer potential to build networks, but they have not been exploited yet with regards to cultural heritage promotion and integration in people’s everyday life.

PLUGGY, the Pluggable Social Platform for Heritage Awareness and Participation, aims to bridge this gap by providing the necessary tools to allow users to share their local knowledge and everyday experience with others, together with the contribution of cultural institutions, building extensive networks around a common area interest, connecting the past, the present and the future.



PLUGGY provides a social platform and a series of pluggable applications that aim at facilitating a continuing process of creating, modifying and safeguarding heritage where European citizens will be consumers, creators and maintainers of cultural activities.

PLUGGY’s Social Platform users will be able to curate stories using PLUGGY’s Curatorial tool. Content will be both crowdsourced and retrieved from digital collections, allowing users to create links between seemingly unrelated facts, events, people and digitized collections, leading to new approaches of presenting cultural resources and new ways of interacting with them. PLUGGY’s users will build living Virtual Exhibitions around topics they think are important and publish them for others to experience. The collections of these Virtual Exhibitions will eventually form Virtual Museums, curated and experienced by virtual heritage communities.

PLUGGY’s Social Platform users will be able to access its content through a dedicated web interface and Virtual Exhibitions through the pluggable applications. They will be able to search its overall content ranging from localized specific content to comprehensive personalized stories and experience Virtual Exhibitions through applications, covering a variety of technologies from Augmented and Virtual Reality to collaborative games for mobile devices. Through the Social Platform, they will be able to create networks, communities and link with other social media.

PLUGGY will provide the necessary architecture, structure and interfaces for the creation of pluggable applications, allowing for beyond-the-project, not yet imagined ways to utilize the content on the social platform, while focusing on the design of the social interaction, helping to build new virtual heritage communities.


Augmented Reality App

An Augmented Reality App to liven users’ stories. This App will include virtual models and overlaid information, suitable for museums and indoor applications.

Geolocation App

A geolocation mobile App to showcase the geographical information of cultural heritage spots. The App will notify the user about nearby interesting ‘encounters’, targeted to outdoor activities.

3D Sonic Narratives App

A 3D sonic narratives App for stories that focus mainly on audio, utilizing advanced 3D sound techniques for a more accurate and realistic sense.

Collaborative Games App

A video game authoring App that provides the basic bricks to develop without specific programming knowledge collaborative games, where participants will have to work together to compose a comprehensive story around a specific cultural heritage topic. This game will be deployed in mobile phones and will use their cameras and processing power to implement an Augmented or Virtual Reality game.



PLUGGY’s novel technologies are expected to enable the citizens of Europe, even in its less developed regions, to be actively involved in cultural heritage activities: this will allow a better understanding of their local surroundings and relations with far-away cultures.

Through their cooperation and interaction, the users of the PLUGGY social platform and its pluggable applications will be able to develop a common cultural and intellectual heritage of Europe and to participate in the shaping of an overall European culture landscape.

PLUGGY’s strong effects on:

Society | PLUGGY promotes wider understanding of heritage and recognises that objects and places are not, in themselves, what is important about cultural heritage, but rather the meanings and uses that people attach to them and the values they represent.

Economic Growth & Sustainability | PLUGGY improves innovation capacity and integration of new knowledge. Through its smart technologies, appealing and accessible by all, it will mobilise vivid economic sectors i.e. tourism and the creative industries, indirectly promoting local development and entrepreneurship.

Environment | PLUGGY promotes cultural diversity. Culture, like Nature, needs diversity to thrive. Understanding and promoting diversity in culture will inevitably promote ecological awareness.

Heritage & EU | PLUGGY’s crowdsourcing and Social Platform approach enables more participative, democratic and creative cultural heritage actions, a key objective of European Agenda for Culture.


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Pluggy participated in a mini fringe, where several research groups displayed their research related to cultural heritage, which was organized as part of 'The UNESCO UK Memory of the World Documentation Inscription Awards'.The event was hosted by the Imperial College London on the 19th September 2018 and brought together over 200 delegates from the worlds of science, culture, government and heritage, including ministers and local dignitaries, members of institutions, UNESCO UK and funding bodies, Imperial’s President Alice Gast, members of the Senior Management Team, Faculty and Departmental Heads and members of the Governing Body. During the very successful event, the participants had the chance to use the Plugsonic app and get a complete idea of the project. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are always so pleased to receive such stories, piopnews. Stay tuned with Pluggy and enjoy this such engaging art video created for us by the students of Vakalo Art & Design College based in Athens, Greece: youtu.be/ryoAfcGptsA 🧐
"A wedding dress is not just an item of clothing, it is a symbol. It carries the “identity” of the woman who wore it. Sometimes it conveys a love story, some other times untold suffering and tragedies, and sometimes calculated compromises. Yet, it also reflects a whole era: the trends in fashion, the historical circumstances, the customs and practices of yore."

#pluggy_eu #investEUresearch #horizon2020Συμμετέχουμε στην καμπάνια του Pluggy για την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά και μοιραζόμαστε ιστορίες, αναμνήσεις και προσωπικές εμπειρίες, που αναδεικνύουν ότι ο πολιτισμός βρίσκεται παντού γύρω μας και είναι υπόθεση όλων μας.

We participate in Pluggy campaign for cultural heritage and share stories, memories and personal experiences, that show that culture is everywhere around us and concern us all. Please scroll down for English version.

#PostCulturalHeritage #PIOP_stories_for_PLUGGY #PLUGGY_EU

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Νύφες. Ιστορίες από μετάξι

Ένα λιτό νυφικό, που ανήκει στη συλλογή του Μουσείου Μετάξης του Πολιτιστικού Ιδρύματος Ομίλου Πειραιώς, στο Σουφλί, ήταν η αφορμή για τη συνεργασία του Ιδρύματος με το Πελοποννησιακό Λαογραφικό Ίδρυμα «Β. Παπαντωνίου» και την περιοδική έκθεση Νύφες. Ιστορίες από μετάξι (19.5-25.9.2018). Το έραψε η ίδια η νύφη, για έναν γάμο που δεν έγινε στην εκκλησία, αλλά στο σπίτι.

Το νυφικό δεν είναι ένα απλό φόρεμα, είναι σύμβολο. Φέρει την «ταυτότητα» της γυναίκας που το φόρεσε. Άλλοτε κρύβει μια ιστορία αγάπης, άλλοτε ανείπωτα πάθη και τραγικά περιστατικά, ενίοτε ψυχρούς συμβιβασμούς. Καθρεφτίζει, όμως, και μια ολόκληρη εποχή: τις τάσεις της μόδας, την ιστορική συγκυρία, τα παλαιά ήθη και έθιμα. Παλαιότερα, τα νυφικά ήταν χρωματιστά και μετά την τελετή τα μετέτρεπαν και τα φορούσαν ως βραδινές τουαλέτες. Το λευκό νυφικό, το πέπλο και τα στέφανα από μπουμπούκια καθιερώθηκαν από τη βασίλισσα Βικτωρία, όταν το 1840 παντρεύτηκε τον πρίγκιπα Αλβέρτο της Σαξονίας και θέλησε να αξιοποιήσει τις πολύτιμες λευκές της δαντέλες. Η μεγάλη δημοσιότητα του γάμου δημιούργησε τη μόδα του λευκού νυφικού, που κατ' επέκταση συμβόλιζε και την αγνότητα.

Στην έκθεση Νύφες. Ιστορίες από μετάξι παρουσιάζονται με χρονολογική σειρά 30 περίτεχνα νυφικά, καθώς και αξεσουάρ γάμου (στέφανα-κορώνες, στέφανα από λουλούδια φτιαγμένα από κερί, μεταξωτά χρυσοκέντητα γοβάκια, μακριά γάντια, κ.λπ.), καλύπτοντας ένα ευρύ κοινωνικό φάσμα, από τα νυφικά της αστικής κοινωνίας έως εκείνα των αγροτικών περιοχών της Ελλάδας. Νυφικά από μετάξι και τούλι, από σατέν και δαντέλα, ακόμα και από βελούδο. Με τη χρήση νέων τεχνολογιών, φωτογραφιών αλλά και τις πλούσιες δράσεις που οργανώνονται από το Πολιτιστικό Ίδρυμα Ομίλου Πειραιώς, η έκθεση τοποθετεί στο επίκεντρο τον άνθρωπο και επιχειρεί να αναπτύξει διάλογο με το παρελθόν, το παρόν και το μέλλον.

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Brides. Stories in Silk

A simple wedding dress, that belongs to the collection of the Silk Museum by PIOP in Soufli, initiated the collaboration between the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation “V. Papantoniou” and the temporary exhibition titled Brides. Stories in silk (19.5-25.9.2018). It was sewn by the bride herself, for a wedding ceremony that took place at home, not in church.

A wedding dress is not just an item of clothing, it is a symbol. It carries the “identity” of the woman who wore it. Sometimes it conveys a love story, some other times untold suffering and tragedies, and sometimes calculated compromises. Yet, it also reflects a whole era: the trends in fashion, the historical circumstances, the customs and practices of yore. In the past, wedding dresses were colourful, and after the ceremony women modified them and wore them as evening gowns. The white wedding dress with the bridal veil and the wedding wreath came into fashion because of Queen Victoria when she married Prince Albert of Saxony in 1840 and wanted to make full use of the invaluable white lace in her possession. The widely publicized ceremony established the white wedding dress also symbolizing purity.

The exhibition Brides. Stories in silk presents in chronological order 30 ornate wedding dresses as well as bridal accessories (wreaths-tiaras, wreaths with wax flowers, gold-embroidered silk slippers, long gloves etc.), covering a wide social spectrum from the wedding dresses of the bourgeoisie to those in rural Greece; wedding dresses made of silk and tulle, of satin and lace, even velvet. With the use of new technologies, photographs and numerous activities, organized by PIOP, the exhibition focuses on the individual and attempts to develop a dialogue with the past, the present and the future.

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Your story is so inspiring Spyros Souvlakis. Thank you for sharing with us! Enjoy youtu.be/ryoAfcGptsA, a short animated video created by the students of Vakalo Art & Design College. It is inspired by PLUGGY!
"Corfu island and its musical tradition is manifested through its numerous philharmonic orchestras and conveyed from generation to generation."
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