Virtual Museums (VM) are a new model of communication that aims at creating a personalized, immersive, interactive way to enhance our understanding of the world around us. The term “VM” is a short-cut that comprehends various types of digital creations. Unfortunately, although its idea is not new, development and implementation researches have not, already, brought Europe to be the leader in this field, as expected.
This sector has not reached a sufficient level of maturity, such as Cinema or Game sectors, as to be as much widespread as it should be. Moreover in Europe, unlike USA, we still face a disconnection between the research, that develop tools with little interest in their wide application, and the industry, that build ten-year plans addressing the market.
VM domain is the perfect application area where all these problems NEED to be solved for the real benefit of community. Unfortunately there are no solutions ready to be developed through research. A NoE would be required at this point. V-MusT.net partners believe that Europe CAN be the leader in the worldwide panorama of VM. A large subset of the most important VMs are implemented by EU groups. Some of the most notable and excellent researches related to this field are developed in EU. This leadership can be achieved only by going beyond the actual research fragmentation, by soliciting a common effort in assessing limitations emerging from all VM experiences consolidated so far, finding proper solutions, assessing them through experimental activity and finally consolidating a transnational network dedicated to VMs.
V-MusT.net will bridge technological domains, archival, social and cognitive sciences to advance the state-of-the-art of digital preservation, for VMs future persistence. It will finally create a virtual research area; identify researches for further development; identify the VM of the Future; increase competitiveness of the EU-ICT industry; create a quality evaluation procedure.
Cineca will take care of the technological environment (the platform), and ontology related topics (the definition of an “ontology” for VMs, on the conceptual and the operational level, advancing the use of the ISO standard CIDOC-CRM; Definition and implementation of a mapping system for various content meta-data; Semantic meta-data enrichment through classification and segmentation of multimedia content).
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR-ITABC/ ISTI/ITD Italy
Agenzia Per La Promozione Della Ricerca Europea APRE Italy
King’s College London, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s Visualisation Lab King's UK
University of Sarajevo, Dept. Computer Science ETF Bonsia-Herzegovina
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA-IPARLA Joint Research Team) INRIA France
Lund University, Department of Design Sciences ULUND Sweden
STARC, Cyprus Institute CREF-Cyl Cyprus
Foundation of the Hellenic World FHW Greece
Allard Pirson Museum, University of Amsterdam UVA Netherlands
Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage CULTNAT Egypt
Comune di Roma, Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali, Museo dei Fori Imperiali SOVR Italy
Fraunhofer Institute für Graphische Datenverarbeitung FHG Germany
Visual Dimension VisDim Belgium
Sociedad Española de Arqueología Virtual SEAV Spain
Noho LTD NOHO Irland
University of Brighton, University of Brighton’s Business School UoB UK
The project has received funding from European Community's FP7 under grant agreement No. 270404.