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Symposium and Policy Debate
PLUGGY spent two days full of cultural heritage in Brussels, Belgium.
On the 20th March 2019, PLUGGY participated in the Symposium entitled “Horizons for Heritage Research – Towards a Cluster on Cultural Heritage”. The aim of the Symposium was to agree on the content of a Manifesto that will provide the basis for the creation and the sustainability of a research stakeholder cluster on Cultural Heritage. Read More
App Challenge deadline extension
You asked for it and you got it! PLUGGY’s consortium decided to extend the submission deadline from the 28th February 2019 to 24th March 2019 so everyone can take the chance and participate in. Remember that the 6 finalists will receive 1000 euros and the final winner will get extra 4000 euros. Read More
‘Tools and ideas to attract visitors to your museum’ workshop
PLUGGY’s partners Xteam and Vianet organised a workshop entitled ‘’ Tools and ideas to attract visitors to your museum’’ on 5th February 2019 in Rome, Italy. The workshop, in which PLUGGY and the collaborative game applications were presented, attracted about 40 experts and curators from the museum and cultural sector. Read More
PLUGGY’s App Challenge
PLUGGY’s App Challenge has started!
We invite app and web designers to to develop pluggable applications for demonstrating the pluggable nature of PLUGGY and its exploitation potential. The deadline for submitting the app description is 28th February 2019. The 6 finalists, chosen by the PLUGGY committee, will win 1000€ each and the final winner, after public voting, will win extra 4000€!
PLUGGY & Vakalo College Exhibition
A very interesting art exhibition took place on 18-20 December 2018 along with PLUGGY’s plenary meeting in Athens, Greece. Graduate students from Vakalo Art & Design College got inspired by PLUGGY and created an exhibition with videos and AR posters. The visitors of the exhibition had also the chance to use and experience PLUGGY social platform. Read More
PLUGGY 6th Plenary meeting
The 6th PLUGGY plenary meeting was held on 18-20 December 2018 in Athens, Greece. PLUGGY’s partners gathered to discuss the project’s progress and discuss their future steps.
During the 1st day, the presentations and discussions focused on the progress made during the last months as well as on the actual hands-on experience of the apps. Read More
PLUGGY is inviting you all!
PLUGGY’s 6thPlenary Meeting will be held on 18th-20th December 2018 in Athens, Greece. On this occasion, an exhibition with videos and AR posters, which are inspired by PLUGGY, created by VakaloArt & Design College will be held at “The box”. The exhibition will be open for everyone to visit! PLUGGY’s partners will be also there to inform you about PLUGGY and help you use its tools. Don’t miss the chance to live the PLUGGY experience by using its innovative tools and share your own story related to cultural heritage! Read More
Slovakian Cultural Institutions met PLUGGY
On 10thDecember 2018 PLUGGY’s partner East Slovakian Museum (ESM) presented the project to about 20 representatives from museums, galleries and cultural institutionsin East Slovakia in a dedicated workshop. The presentation entitled “Let’s meet PLUGGY” was very interesting and the participants got informed about PLUGGY Read More
PLUGGY @ Fair of Innovators in Cultural Heritage 2018
PLUGGY participated at the Fair of Innovators in Cultural Heritage which was held on 15th -16th November 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The event was a wonderful occasion to see how the EU is promoting research & innovation in cultural heritage, fostering creativity and new connections across countries. Researchers, innovation providers, policy makers, representatives from cultural institutions, start-ups and incubators, business companies, creatives, pioneers from technology and economics, European institutions representatives were some of the people who took part in the event. Read More
PLUGGY @ La Scienza sotto la Rocca (Science under the Rock)
PLUGGY’s partner Stefano Tamascelli from Xteam Software Solution presented PLUGGY during the conference entitled “Culture beyond the horizon-cultural perspectives beyond 2020, including digital, virtual and artificial intelligence” on the occasion of the event Science under the Rock. The event was held on 16th of November 2018 at the Council Hall of the city of Monselice, Italy and was attended by more than 40 people. Read More
PLUGGY @ ICT & Cultural Heritage Workshop 2018
The event was organized by the EC in Brussels, Belgium on 14th of November 2018 and its focus was to explore possible future digital based research and innovation activities on European Cultural Heritage in the framework of the next work programme. The workshop managed to gather about 50 renowned experts from different stakeholders engaged in the field of the interaction of Cultural Heritage with digital technologies.
Nikos Frangakis, PLUGGY’s Project manager from ICCS, presented both the project and the success story of the collaboration between PLUGGY and the Vakalo College of Arts & Design. Read More
PLUGGY @ Euromed 2018
PLUGGY, along with other 16 EU projects related to cultural heritage, participated in the Cultural Informatics workshop on the 3rd of November 2018. The workshop took place during the International Conference on Digital Heritage Euromed 2018 that was held in Cyprus on 29th October-3rd November 2018.The aim of this workshop was to bring together projects, research groups, stakeholders, independent researchers and practitioners who are active in the broader area of cultural informatics in order to present the current state of affairs, discuss open challenges faced by each one and explore possible collaborations. Read More
Sign Now: Berlin Call to Action “Cultural Heritage for Future of Europe”
All those who care for Europe’s past, present and future are invited to sign, support and widely share the Berlin Call to… Read More
PLUGGY @ EuroVR 2018
A poster entitled “3D Object Rotation Using Virtual Trackball with Fixed Reference Axis” was presented by the University of Malaga (UMA) at the Poster Session of the EuroVR 2018 conference which was held in London, UK on 22-23rd October 2018. The poster demonstrates an experimental study on 3D interaction techniques to examine virtual objects using the mouse. Read More
PLUGGY @ European Researchers Night Event in Athens
PLUGGY participated in the European Researchers night in Athens, an event organized by the National and Technical University of Athens (NTUA) at the “Averof” building, the historical building of the university, on Friday 28 September and it was a tremendous success. PLUGGY was hosted in a room with a capacity of approximately 100 people, which was literally full, from the beginning until the end of the event. Visitors had the chance to get informed about the project and most importantly, to experience PLUGGY’s Augmented Reality app with the help of ICCS partners. The AR app amazed every visitor and mostly the students of all ages who were eager to learn all about it. Read More
PLUGGY @ UNESCO UK Memory of the World Documentation Inscription Awards in London
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..
PLUGGY’s Collaborative Game App spread joy in Italy
Two innovative treasure hunts were organized by PLUGGY’s partner XTeam in order to get evaluation on PLUGGY’s Collaborative Game App in two beautiful Italian cities, this fall. The first entitled ‘’The return of the cursed mask’’ took place in Venice, Italy on 15th September 2018, with the participation of about 40 people who uncovered the watery wonderland of the city. Few days later, on the 29th September 2018, about 80 people participated in the second treasure hunt with the title ‘’The Leonardo’s lost page’ was held in Milan, Italy. Read More
PLUGGY @ 11th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum 2018
Leonidas Argyros from PLUGGY’s partner Clio Muse participated in the 11th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, which brings together a community of museum practitioners and researchers. The conference was held on the 6-9th of September 2018 in Granada, Spain. Read More
PLUGGY @ E&PDE18 (International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education)
In conjunction with the international Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, and the EU PLUGGY project, Imperial College and Royal College of Art hosted a free co-design workshop entitled ‘Co-creating augmented cultural experiences in Albertopolis’ on 5th of September 2018 for participants to co-create cultural experiences based on the rich design and innovation history of Albertopolis using the tools for augmentation created by PLUGGY. It was an afternoon of hands on cultural exploration and content creation. Read More
PLUGGY @ Silversmithing museum of PIOP
Silversmithing museum of PIOP in Ioannina, Greece welcomed and hosted PLUGGY between 17th and 27th of July 2018. For ten days, visitors of the museum had the chance to experience and evaluate PLUGGY’s augmented functionality and features. People of all ages digitally explored a selection of silver gilt artifacts and PLUGGY team measured the app’s usability and effectiveness. The interest of the visitors was so fruitful, especially among the school students who were thrilled by the AR app, that the event immediately became one of the most popular, cultural events of the summer. Read More
PLUGGY @ Festival of Museums 2018
The 15th Festival of Museums 2018 was held in the Bratislava City Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia on 18th – 19th of June 2018. During the event, more than 45 museums from Slovakia presented their work and new ideas to their colleagues and found new connections for their work or research. Read More
#PostCulturalHeritage – PLUGGY’s New Social Media Campaign
PLUGGY intends to be a contemporary and accessible tool that supports citizens in their need and aspiration to shape cultural heritage and be shaped by it, allowing for the creation of stronger heritage communities. One of the main initiatives and objectives of PLUGGY is to enable and motivate each person and/or community to document and share their individual interpretation of local knowledge and cultural experiences with the society.
PLUGGY 5th Plenary Meeting in London
The 5th PLUGGY plenary meeting was held on 12 – 13 June 2018 in London, UK. The two-day project meeting was hosted by PLUGGY’s partner, the Imperial College of London, in the Dyson Building at South Kensington Campus.
20 colleagues representing all 9 partner organisations gathered to discuss project latest developments, brainstorm, exchange ideas and agree on next steps.
PLUGGY shares its Augmented Reality tools
In conjunction with the international Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, and the EU PLUGGY project, Imperial College and Royal College of Art are hosting a free co-design workshop for participants to co-create cultural experiences based on the rich design and innovation history of Albertopolis using the tools for augmentation created by PLUGGY.
Imperial College London and RCA are both located on land gifted to the UK from profits made from the groundbreaking Great Exhibition of 1851. This event was a significant landmark in the history of design. Read More
Augmenting experiences at the Silversmithing Museum with PLUGGY
This summer, an evaluation of PLUGGY’s augmented functionality and features will take place in PIOP’s Silversmithing Museum in Ioannina, Greece. Using PLUGGY’s augmenting features (e.g. 3D-modeling, text, video, 3D sound and animation), selected artifacts from the museum’s collection will be elaborated to enhance digital experiences and virtual stories. Visitors will be able to explore a selection of artifacts beyond the current static information and exhibits. As part of the evaluation, a systematic observation will be conducted to measure the application’s usability and effectiveness in terms of catching visitors’ attention to specific artifacts, prompting for interaction and engaging them personally and socially. Read More
“Η2020 EU Cultural Heritage projects: collaboration possibilities” Workshop in Athens
“Η2020 EU Cultural Heritage projects: collaboration possibilities”: A Workshop that succeeded in gathering the most brillant EU projects in the field of cultural heritage.
The European H2020 projects “EMOTIVE: Storytelling for Cultural heritage” and “CrossCult: Empowering reuse of digital cultural heritage in context-aware crosscuts of European history” organised an EU projects’ workshop in order to explore possible collaborations between EU funded projects relevant to Cultural Heritage. Read More
PLUGGY at REACH Opening Conference in Budapest
PLUGGY’s partner TUK, the Technical University of Košice, attended the Opening Conference of EU project REACH, presenting a poster about PLUGGY and sharing experience at a networking session that gathered experts from the international cultural heritage field.
REACH Opening Conference took place in Budapest, on 10-11 May 2018, hosted at the Hungarian National Museum. The event was organised under the coordination of Eötvös Loránd University. Read More
The European Cultural Heritage Summit “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” Registrations open till June 1st, 2018
The European Cultural Heritage Summit “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values, recognized as one of the key events during the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) by the European Union, will take place from 18-24 June 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
The Summit will be co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), acting as national coordinator of the EYCH in Germany. It is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme. Read More
PLUGGY at EU project’s ViMM Project’s Milestone Event in Berlin
The ViMM consensus building event in Berlin on 12 and 13 April, 2018, involved 100+ experts in Digital Cultural Heritage in reshaping and helping prioritise over 40 Propositions for the ViMM Manifesto and Roadmap on the future of Digital Cultural Heritage in Europe.
PLUGGY’s Coordinator, the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) had the chance to be there and exchange knowledge and expertise in ViMM’s Thematic Area 2 final consolidation meeting. Read More
PLUGGY at the 55th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair
PLUGGY attended the 55th edition of Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Fertile Ground for Children’s Content, from March 26th to 29th, 2018 and met the fair’s hundreds of participants through a projects’ booth, set by its Italian partner XTeam Software Solutions.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2018 was a reference event for publishers, authors, illustrators, literary agents, distributors, teachers, developers, translators and all of the professions involved in the world of publishing and content for children. Read More
Culture is Digital: a UK report on Culture and Digital Technology
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has released the report “Culture is Digital”. Although the report is focusing on the United Kingdom it offers an interesting mapping of culture and digital technology for all regions.
The report focuses on the use of digital technology to drive the cultural sector’s global status and the engagement, diversity and well-being of audiences in the United Kingdom. Read More
The Faro Convention Action Plan Handbook 2018 – 2019
The theoretical framework provided by the Council of Europe Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro Convention, 2005) are translated into specific actions through the Faro Action Plan, a platform designed to display the diversity and flexibility of the Convention’s principles.
More specifically, the Faro Convention Action Plan is designed to translate the Faro Convention principles into practice. It aims to illustrate the richness and novelty of the principles of the Faro Convention, as well as providing possibilities for interpretation in relation to current societal challenges. Read More
1st Review Meeting and 4th Plenary Meeting in Brussels
On February 13th, 2018, PLUGGY team members traveled to Brussels, Belgium to participate in the 1st Review Meeting of the project, hosted at the Slovakian Liaison Office for Research and Development Office for Research and Development (SLORD). The meeting was held to review the first 12 months of PLUGGY and discuss feedback on the research activities carried out during this period. Read More
PLUGGY at the DANDELION – COURAGE Research Policy Workshop
On the 14th February 2018, the projects COURAGE and DANDELION organised a joint Research Policy Workshop entitled, “Coordinating Policy Recommendations for Durable Action”. Taking place in Brussels, the workshop aimed to improve the capacity of H2020 projects in the development of policy recommendations, developing synergies and bringing the results directly to representatives of the European Commission and policy makers. Read More
What do Europeans think about Cultural Heritage?
On the occasion of the launch of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a new edition of the Eurobarometer was published during the European Culture Forum, attended by UNESCO Liaison Office Brussels on the 7th December 2017. It is the first EU-wide survey to be conducted on the topic of cultural heritage. Read More
How a heritage social platform could highlight a Christmas Thematic Park?
PLUGGY was presented to the several trainees from Greece, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria who participated to the 4-day educational workshop of the project Den-CuPID (Digital Educational Network for Cultural Projects Implementation and Direction) that took place in the city of Trikala, Greece between 4 and 7 December 2017 in the Research Center- Tsitsanis Museum. Read More
ICT and cultural heritage workshop in European Commission, Luxembourg
PLUGGY concepts and notions were presented at the ICT and Cultural Heritage workshop on 13 – 14 December 2017 at the Euroforum Building in Luxembourg. The event was organized by the EC and its focus was to explore possible future digital based research and innovation activities on European Cultural Heritage in the framework of the next work programme. Read More
Happy European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018!
Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Read More
Italian museums see record numbers of visitors and revenue
Italian state museums are on track for another record-setting year in 2017 in terms of visitors and revenue, with the outdoor Colosseum in Rome and Pompeii near Naples topping the Culture Ministry’s most-visited and most-lucrative list.
The ministry on Monday issued a three-year review of its revolutionary decision to bring in non-Italian directors for some of the gems of its national museum network, and to give the institutions greater autonomy.
A short animating film shows the completion of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família
The completion of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona is simulated in this movie released to show the final stages of construction anticipated before 2026, 100 years after the death of the architect.
The one-minute video published on the Sagrada Familia Foundation’s Youtube channel shows each of the stages left and how the basilica will look when completed. Read More
A map of Europe by each nation’s most famous artwork
An ingenious mapmaker halfabluesky has posted this map of Europe on Reddit, featuring well known paintings as the graphic for each European nation.
Because some of the artworks can be difficult to visualize on the map, the creator listed them. See below: Read More
PLUGGY at the “Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era” workshop organised and hosted by the European Cooperation in Science & Technology Association (COST)
European cultural heritage benefits from a range οf EU policies, programmes and funding, the latter exceeding EUR 4.5 billion for the period from 2007 to 2013.
PLUGGY, the leading-edge, cultural heritage-specific project was represented at the ‘Cultural Heritage in the Digital Era’ workshop organised and hosted by the European Cooperation in Science & Technology Association (COST), a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Read More
PLUGGY at the Info day “Museums, Skills and New Perspectives in the digital era”, dedicated to the identification of the created needs of the professionals of culture and museum due to the quickening pace of the adoption of ICT in the cultural sector
The DAISSy Research Group of the Hellenic Open University (http://daissy.eap.gr) organized the Info day entitled: “Museums, Skills and New Perspectives in the digital era” on Monday 06 November 2017, in the building of Library and Information Center of the Hellenic Open University, in Patras, Greece. Read More
PLUGGY partners gathered in Rome for PLUGGY’s 3rd plenary meeting
On October 23th – 24th, the PLUGGY consortium met at the Eternal City for the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the project.
The meeting was organized by Vianet, PLUGGY’s dedicated partner in the field of interaction design, at the meeting facilities of the Hotel delle Nazioni in Rome downtown. Read More
PLUGGY at the II Meeting on European Associations of Industrial Heritage
PLUGGY was presented at the II Meeting on European Associations of Industrial Heritage, celebrated in Malaga, 27 – 29 October, 2017.
he meeting brought together public institutions and the civil society, represented by associations and even individuals who work hard and with small resources to support the fragile and less well known European industrial heritage Read More
PLUGGY in INNOVATHENS 6th Business Accelerator, for the support of young entrepreneurs in the Creative & Cultural Industries
PLUGGY was presented during the inauguration event for the 6th cycle of INNOVATHENS Business Accelerator, held in Athens, Greece on October 9th 2017 and focusing for the second subsequent year on Creative and Cultural Industries. Read More
PLUGGY celebrates European Researchers’ Night 2017
PLUGGY joined European Researchers’ Night, held in the premises of the National Technical University in Athens, and came closer to several young attendants and student communities in a night that stimulated interest in and curiosity for science and research through many “edutainment” activities and challenges. Read More
How new technologies are completely revolutionizing the consumption of art
“The best use of digital is to not make you aware of the technology, but to make you aware of the art,” said Jane Alexander, chief information officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Museums are looking at the best attendance they’ve ever had, thanks to the way technology is revolutionizing the consumption of art. Read More
European Union bringing communities in Kosovo together in support of cultural heritage protection
The European Union adopted a programme worth €2 million to support confidence building among the ethnic communities in Kosovo through cultural heritage protection. The European Commission adopted this week a programme – under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) – worth €2 million to support cultural heritage protection in Kosovo. Read More
Why are culture and creativity so important for cities and which European city is the “ideal” cultural and creative city?
The European Commission released the first ever edition of the ‘Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor’, a brand new tool that provides comparable data on how European cities perform across nine dimensions Read More
Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage
PLUGGY co – organized the Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage as part of the 23rd ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference that took place on the 27th, 28th and 29th June 2017, in Madeira Island – Portugal. The workshop provided an opportunity for PLUGGY to liaise with other leading projects and initiatives in the field, such as COST Action TD1406, ViMM, DARIAH-CY, INCEPTION, Europeana, SHCity and ITN-DCH. Read More
PLUGGY’s 2nd Plenary Meeting
On June 27th & 28th, the European Capital of Culture for 2013, the city of Kosice in Slovakia, hosted the PLUGGY consortium for the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the project.
During the meeting, the Work Package (WP) leaders presented a summary of the activities and achieved results carried out within the time period between March and June 2017.
Students contribute to PLUGGY’s communication plan for the younger target groups
PLUGGY welcomes on board Victoria, Gabino, Rafa and Sergio! Our keen and enthusiastic friends – students of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising Department of the University of Malaga, Spain prepared for us a very special proposal for PLUGGY’s local communication strategy and implementation in Spain, as part of their “Cultural Communication” course. Read More
3D Tune-In Toolkit for binaural audio now ready!
The PLUGGY Social Platform and its Pluggable Applications will integrate 3D audio functionalities. This will be achieved exploiting the work done within 3D Tune-In, one of our partner EU projects.
3D Tune-In has just released the first test application for their binaural audio processor. Read More
PLUGGY’s 1st Plenary Meeting
On March 22nd and 23rd, members from all partner institutions and companies gathered at the premises of the University of Malaga to present the work performed during the first 4 months of the project and plan the work ahead.
PLUGGY’s 1st Plenary meeting’s first day was mainly devoted to Work Packages’ updates while creative workshops took place among the partners, who, through interactive gaming and teamwork, defined PLUGGY’s general “look and feel” and the apps’ design and infrastructure. Read More
PLUGGY is calling for papers for the Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage
PLUGGY is co – organizing the Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage as part of the 23rd ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference that will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th June 2017, in Madeira Island – Portugal. Read More
Survey to identify demands and stakeholders in the field of digital cultural heritage
We would be highly appreciated if you could spend some minutes of your valuable time to complete a survey to identify demands and stakeholders in the field of digital cultural heritage.
This survey has 4 questions only and you will be able to complete it within just 2-5 minutes. Read More
2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage
In early February, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional decision to officially designate 2018 the first European Year of Cultural Heritage.
This initiative aims to raise awareness on European history and values whilst strengthening a sense of European identity. Read More
PLUGGY Kick Off Meeting
The PLUGGY consortium met on December 12th & 13th for the project’s kickoff, marking the start of the most expected Social Networking platform for cultural heritage.
During the project’s kick off meeting, held in Athens and hosted by the project coordinator, the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, partners defined the future research activities and developments. Read More