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meSch | New project web site released

News date: 
Thursday, 25 July, 2013

The Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage (meSch) project launched their new website. The newly designed website includes updated information about the project, the people involved, the generated output, an events calendar and blog posts about relevant activities within the project. The website can be found on www.mesch-project.eu.

The meSch project is now in its sixth month, of a total of four years. The project, with funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, focusses on designing, developing and deploying tools for the creation of tangible interactive experiences that connect the physical dimension of museums and exhibitions with relevant digital cross-media information in novel ways.

More about the meSch project

A wealth of digital cultural heritage is currently available in on-line repositories and digital archives. It is however accessed only in a limited way and utilised through rather static modes of delivery. meSch will bridge the gap between visitors’ cultural heritage experience on-site and on-line by providing a platform for the creation of tangible smart exhibits. This platform will enable curators, artists, designers and cultural heritage professionals in general to create smart objects and intelligent spaces and to compose digital content to be embedded in smart objects and spaces without the need for specialised technical knowledge. Smart objects (like a magnifying glass or a replica) are enriched with digital technology while intelligent spaces embed sensors: both react to people, spaces and smart objects. A bespoke application will adapt the content and the behaviour of the object or space to visitors, their social context and the environment.

The meSch approach is grounded on principles of co-design: the participation of designers, developers and stake-holders into the process of creation and evaluation as equal partners, and on a Do-It-Yourself philosophy of making and experimenting. Three large-scale case studies in different museums provide test beds for the real-world evaluation of meSch technology with the public and cultural heritage stakeholders.

More information about the project can be found on www.mesch-project.eu.