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Promotion and support of the transfer of scientific touring exhibitions at European level

Final Report Summary - E-CASTEX (Promotion and support of the transfer of scientific touring exhibitions at European level)

Among the popular products that offer a reliable and attractive presentation of the scientific knowledge to audiences unfamiliar with science, the Scientific Touring Exhibitions (STEX) represents a rich potential to be valorised at European level. Four well-experienced scientific institutions and the European Network for Science Centres and Museum (ECSITE) created and promoted the system (an on-line database) needed to stimulate the international transfer of STEX between natural history museums, science centres and museums at large.

At the end of the project, EXTRA is fully operational with more than 350 professionals formally registered and more than 100 Items (exhibitions; exhibits; specimens) uploaded. EXTRA long-term management is secured in a Consortium Agreement giving to ECSITE legal power to develop the products and associated service at international level.

Once the production of the prototype of the E-CASTEX online database was completed in December 2007, ECSITE became actively involved in furthering its development to achieve its final goal of a tool for professional use. All E-CASTEX partners have constantly provided recommendations and comments for the DB development structure, the interface, the definition of functionalities, and the design of guidance tools.

The promotional campaign has been focused in introducing the database to the potential users and to diffuse it, to increase the community of professionals in the sector. A set of products have been distributed to achieve these objectives and a new version of the leaflet has been produced. This version pointed out the main advantages and benefits to become a user of EXTRA to attract them to register. In Year 2, a modification of the film introducing EXTRA has been made, with the addition of the new web address of the database and changes in the quality of the image and resolution.

ECSITE hosted the launch of EXTRA at its Annual Conference 2008 in Budapest on the first day of the conference, just after the opening ceremony. A demonstration was projected on a large screen to more than 400 delegates. The E-CASTEX booth was well placed in the exhibition area (Business Bistro) and remained for the three days of the conference with consortium partners always present. ECSITE as the organiser of the conference worked closely with the E-CASTEX partners to organise the booth and the launch.Among the popular products that offer a reliable and attractive presentation of the scientific knowledge to audiences unfamiliar with science, the Scientific Touring Exhibitions (STEX) represents a rich potential to be valorised at European level. Four well-experienced scientific institutions and the European Network for Science Centres and Museum (ECSITE) created and promoted the system (an on-line database) needed to stimulate the international transfer of STEX between natural history museums, science centres and museums at large.

At the end of the project, EXTRA is fully operational with more than 350 professionals formally registered and more than 100 Items (exhibitions; exhibits; specimens) uploaded. EXTRA long-term management is secured in a Consortium Agreement giving to ECSITE legal power to develop the products and associated service at international level.

Once the production of the prototype of the E-CASTEX online database was completed in December 2007, ECSITE became actively involved in furthering its development to achieve its final goal of a tool for professional use. All E-CASTEX partners have constantly provided recommendations and comments for the DB development structure, the interface, the definition of functionalities, and the design of guidance tools.

The promotional campaign has been focused in introducing the database to the potential users and to diffuse it, to increase the community of professionals in the sector. A set of products have been distributed to achieve these objectives and a new version of the leaflet has been produced. This version pointed out the main advantages and benefits to become a user of EXTRA to attract them to register. In Year 2, a modification of the film introducing EXTRA has been made, with the addition of the new web address of the database and changes in the quality of the image and resolution.

ECSITE hosted the launch of EXTRA at its Annual Conference 2008 in Budapest on the first day of the conference, just after the opening ceremony. A demonstration was projected on a large screen to more than 400 delegates. The E-CASTEX booth was well placed in the exhibition area (Business Bistro) and remained for the three days of the conference with consortium partners always present. ECSITE as the organiser of the conference worked closely with the E-CASTEX partners to organise the booth and the launch.

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