Euromed 2010



"Museum Futures: Emerging Technological and Social Paradigms"



Maurizio Forte, University of California at Merced, CA, USA,
Elisa Giaccardi, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain,

Date: Tuesday 9th  November 2010,  Time: 17:45 - 19:30


This workshop brings together researchers and professionals interested in exploring how emerging technological and social paradigms can be expected to change the way in which we experience museums and communicate heritage.

How will technological paradigms such as the Internet of Things and cloud computing change the museum’s consumption? Internet of Things and cloud computing are transforming software, contents, and shared resources in a public utility radically decentralized and “on-demand”. Can we think a museum “on demand”? Can we imagine all the artefacts of the world equipped with chips able to re-contextualize and re-generate ontologies and metadata in response to their changing social and environmental settings? In this scenario, what happens to cultural transmission? What about cultural identity and authenticity? What additional opportunities and challenges can the social web offer to this future scenario?

RFID tags, agile architectures, device and location independence, virtual communities and open social networks are creating socio-technical infrastructures that redefine our encounter with heritage and potentially act as “places” of cultural production and lasting values at the service of heritage practice. Museums in this sense are new “places”, which are co-evolving and migrating to digital territories not yet coded and analyzed.


  • Theoretical considerations on the long-term impact of emerging paradigms with respect to museum management and heritage communication
  • Innovative applications of emerging paradigms to museums and heritage practice
  • Aspects of social, economic and cultural sustainability of emerging paradigms

In particular, the workshop will explore the idea of Museum Futures in relation to:

  • New forms of embodiment and engagement
  • Virtual communities and global environments
  • Geo-localization and decentralized digital narratives
  • Social web and emerging forms of socio-cultural communication
  • Internet of Things and emerging cultural paradigms


Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of a submitted 2 to 4 page position paper. The position paper must outline the submitters view on the workshop theme and the reasons for interest in the topic.

Email submissions with the subject heading "Submission EUROMED 2010 Workshop” to:,



Digital objects and collections transfer to Europeana

by MICHAEL & ATHENA projects and


ATHENA partners Piotr Ko?urno,
International Center for Information Management Systems and Services – ICIMSS, Maria Sliwinska, Nicholas Copernicus University, and ICIMSS,

Date: Friday 12th November 2010, Time: 14:00 - 19:30

More information: PDF document


The workshop presents outputs of two projects MICHAEL & ATHENA. ATHENA, a Network of Best Practice within the e-Contentplus Programme, takes its origins from the existing MINERVA network and brings together relevant stakeholders and content owners from museums and other cultural institutions all over Europe. MICHAEL & MICHAEL+ there are two e-TEN projects dealing with multilingual inventory of digital cultural collections implementation in Europe.

ATHENA is working on the existing standards harmonization, and promotion by a wider public, taking into consideration the cross-domain perspective of Europeana, and the national culture portals. ATHENA developed an ingestion tool specific for museums but also flexible enough for the integration digital objects at libraries and archives. This software based on LIDO (Lightweight Information Describing Objects) will be used to present the metadata transfer to Europeana. This harvesting format is now proposed to become a reference model for the integration of museum digital content in a cross-domain perspective. LIDO is a real European outcome since it was elaborated by a core group of experts in the field that includes people who developed the CIDOC CRM standards.

The workshop is addressed to the professionals interested in harmonization and integration of metadata and thesauri, and to the institutions interested in promoting their collections worldwide. The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate ways in which European museums can participate in Europeana with or without mediation of aggregators. This will be presented on a base of the ATHENA project achievements.


  • Coordinating digitization in Europe (MINERVA project idea and realization)
  • ATHENA project goals and achievements
  • Standards of metadata in European museums
  • ATHENA mapping tool: standards for metadata sharing (LIDO schema)
  • MICHAEL – Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe