Erfgoed 2.0
Heritage 2.0
01/04/2007 - 31/03/2009
Has been finalized

'Heritage 2.0’ is performing research on a social, interactive, location-based heritage experience via mobile and iDTV devices within a network of heritage sites. An often heard critique on the use of ICT in a heritage context focuses on the individualized nature of the experience. The innovative aspect of this project lies, therefore, specifically in the focus on the importance of social interaction within a cultural experience. The objective is to link that component – universally deemed important when experiencing heritage physically – to a digital environment. Group communication can encourage participants to interact with one another and to stimulate each other. Another important aspect is the blending in of the virtual and the real. The project aims, following the ‘virtuous circle’-principle, to enrich the visitors’ experience, both during their real visit as in the pre or post trajectory.

The specific technical and/or scientific results that are key to this project, are:

The development of a metadata- and data exchange model for the Flemish heritage sector (WP2), starting from existing (heritage) standards and with inclusion of existing best practice in social software applications and their bottom-up data description. This part of the research constitutes the foundation for a new form of heritage experience (concerning content-combination) and situates itself on the level of federated digital repositories and metadata structures. It wants to synthesize the top-down driven taxonomies-model and the bottom-up model (folksonomies) used by social software ‘Web 2.0’-applications. On the one hand the model needs to allow that Flemish heritage databases can be linked with each other and with internet applications. On the other hand heritage databases need to be able to contain (besides expert-data) data introduced by cultural participants themselves.
Research on the required network technology to pass location-based information within the specific context of Flemish heritage-sites (WP3). This work packages includes a study on the most important network technologies en their configuration for the opening up of historical heritage locations. The stipulation of the most optimal network configuration is not evident because of the sometimes exceptional conditions on the sites (big concrete walls, old buildings, …). Because there is no square and ready solution for localization methods, a demonstrator-platform will be developed for the collection of relevant location-based userdata.
The development of a generic system for the automatic generation of context and visitor related data and for the transformation of these data into appropriate contents and interfaces tailored to specific user profiles. This research must lead to ‘individual adaptable’ interfaces, created on-the-fly ‘during use’. This individual interface must also fit in a group concept where multiple visitors can in some way be linked together and where social interactions play a significant role. The challenge consists in supporting the whole visitor-process in an optimal manner.
Around the central research aspects mentioned above, an integrated demonstrator will be constructed (WP5, with one or more heritage sites as pilot) which can be used by and is extendable to the larger heritage sector. In the preparation of the more technical work packages, an international State-of-the-Art will be made up around the implementation and use of new media in the heritage sector (WP1). This includes a requirement analysis about digital heritage, an analysis of the possibilities, best-practices and pitfalls of the mobile opening up of heritage. Furthermore, research will be done about the roles social interaction and group communication can play in an online and offline heritage setting.

IBBT/SMIT members have been research leader in the project, WP leader of WP1, and co-researcher in WP2.

(Picture by LoicT under a Creative Commons license)

Partners: Erfgoed Vlaanderen; FARO; VIOE; Bibnet; Toerisme Vlaanderen; Adlib; Visual Dimension; Synergetics; EDM; IBCN ; MICT; MMLab