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Digital innovation – interactive maps, exhibitions and thesauri from AthenaPlus

Judaica Europeana partners participate in the AthenaPlus project, which contributes digital content and technology to Europeana. The foundations of AthenaPlus are built on the achievements of earlier projects: Minerva, Athena, Michael Culture and Linked Heritage. The project’s success owes much to close working relationships and friendships which have developed over the past decade.

Digitization of collections has produced huge quantities of digital content that need to be presented to users in accessible ways. Creative re-use of digital content is at the heart of the AthenaPlus project.

Cultural tourism applications

eCultureMap demonstration.

eCultureMap is a GIS (Geographic Information System) pilot, which has been developed to allow Europeana partners to put their cultural content on one global interactive knowledge map. The concept is to relate the geographic context of objects in the digital collections with the national portals in the international context of Europeana.

A new version of eCultureMap has been released recently. It displays two million objects from European museums, libraries and archives and has several improved functionalities.

  • eCultureMap is connected with Google street view to enable the exploration of cultural heritage content through 3D, panoramic and street-level views with links to Europeana descriptions.

  • Powerful refine search among items in a given location. Data can also be filtered and search results limited by time span.

  • Use of eCultureMap in a digital exhibition: the example of the exhibition on Gaspar van Wittel´s drawings for Vedutes demonstrates the potential of this application.

  • Geocoding of historical photographs allows the finding of the exact coordinates of historical photos with the image of the object displayed on a map.

  • Development of the augmented reality mobile application eCultureMapAR. Users can browse over 2 million objects on mobile devices.

The content on eCultureMap can be re-used in culture or tourism portals. Two additional APIs are available for web developers. They can be embedded on any web page or mobile application.

Digital exhibitions tools

MOVIO demonstration.

One of the first applications to be released by AthenaPlus was MOVIO, a set of user-friendly tools for creating digital exhibitions online. The main components of this set are:

  • an open source software CMS MOVIO
  • CMS MOVIO for mobile devices: smartphones and tablets;
  • MOVIO APP for the mobile platforms
  • MOVIO HUB, an online catalogue of exhibitions, available also on MOVIO APP
  • online tutorials and interactive training

The tools have been tested by partners in a number of pilot exhibitions and further improved. They are open-source and interoperable with existing digital platforms in the heritage sector.

Movio leaflet graphic

MOVIO has benefitted from the recommendations of the Digital Exhibitions Working Group of AthenaPlus partners and other experts. The Group has issued guidelines on planning, production and dissemination of digital exhibitions.

The working group is developing a proposal for a structured metadata model for digital exhibitions, DEMES. If adopted, the standardized model would greatly improve the current descriptive practice. It would facilitate discovery of exhibitions by search engines and the public, the sharing of data and the exchange of information.

The Thesaurus Management Platform: TMP
One of the tasks of AthenaPlus is to improve retrieval of digital content with a multilingual terminology platform. TMP is a web-based service freely accessible to anyone searching for terminologies for research or cataloguing purposes. TMP’s functionalities include:

TMP 2 home page
  • Creation / editing / mapping of thesauri
  • Specification of hierarchical relations: generic, instantial, partitive
  • Extensive concept information: notes, images etc.
  • Management of multilingualism
  • Integration of ISO standards
  • Import and export in SKOS, JSON and RDF

TMP was especially designed to enhance multilingual access and semantic understanding of the metadata available on Europeana.

Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from the AthenaPlus project; Center for Jewish-Moroccan Culture, Brussels; Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw;
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