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Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems

Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems

Objective

The popularisation of digitisation techniques has boosted the generation of digital cultural heritage assets in recent years. However, such techniques should not be regarded as an end in and of themselves, but as a means for enabling European citizens to engage with cultural heritage more closely and in different ways.
ARCHES aims to create more inclusive cultural environments particularly for those with differences and difficulties associated with perception, memory, cognition and communication. It will achieve this through in-depth research analysis and the development of innovative applications, functionalities and experiences based on the reuse and redevelopment of the aforementioned digital resources.
Our participatory research methodology situates real user needs at the heart of an iterative design and implementation process, through their active involvement in 3 pilot exercises. This will also facilitate the validation of potential solutions in scenarios at 6 museums, as well as engagement with broader audiences (e.g. children, the elderly, and other potentially marginalised groups) and extension to other sectors, mainly education and tourism.
The online accessible software platform, applications for handheld devices and multisensory activities will form the basis of a technical approach that will exploit state of the art technologies – e.g. augmented reality, avatars, relief printers and models, context-sensitive tactile audio guides, metadata and advanced image processing techniques – to underpin the generation of a dynamic ecosystem. In this framework, museums will play an important role by adapting content and reinterpreting cultural heritage in manners most suitable for target groups.
Our interdisciplinary consortium – involving academia, SMEs, research centres and museums – will focus on ensuring widespread communication and exploitation, stimulating cross-border collaboration to address a challenge common across Europe.
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Coordinator

VRVIS ZENTRUM FUR VIRTUAL REALITY UND VISUALISIERUNG FORSCHUNGS-GMBH

Address

Donau-City-Strasse 11
1220 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 566 675

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 134 496,25

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 609 377,50

Sign time GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 392 931,06

NEUMULLER MORITZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 143 544,04

CENTRO REGIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES DE OVIEDO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 230 385

COPRIX MEDIA DOO BEOGRAD-STARI GRAD

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 167 160

TREELOGIC TELEMATICA Y LOGICA RACIONAL PARA LA EMPRESA EUROPEA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 320 486,28

KHM-MUSEUMSVERBAND

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 132 600

THE WALLACE COLLECTION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 131 250

FUNDACION COLECCION THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 198 681,25

FUNDACION LAZARO GALDIANO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 149 012,50

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 222 650

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 693229

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 838 158,03

  • EU contribution

    € 3 399 248,88

Coordinated by:

VRVIS ZENTRUM FUR VIRTUAL REALITY UND VISUALISIERUNG FORSCHUNGS-GMBH

Austria