Dear colleagues and friends,
We are pleased to inform you the Virtual Multimodal Museum project (http://vi-mm.eu/) has reached its end. Moreover, it was a very successful one, since we received a very positive final evaluation by the European Commission experts (https://www.vi-mm.eu/2019/04/
The EC experts’ evaluation particularly praises the results achieved by the UPF team with your support. On the one hand, the regional studies, with a particular mention to the example set by Catalonia. We attach here the two studies, which include useful conclusions (based on information provided by you) about policy-making in Catalonia regarding museums and cultural institutions. It also includes many new useful ideas in order to solve problems, improve performance, and possibly guide decisions for future policies.
The other main output generated by UPF (in collaboration with 7 Reasons, another ViMM partner) is the Decision Making Process, which we propose to the Cultural Heritage community (including cultural institutions as well as policy makers) as an effective process and tool to achieve sustainable and high added-value digital heritage applications. We encourage you to make practical use of our new methodology for the decision making process on digital applications in your organizations, to adapt it and improve it. It is available at: https://www.vi-mm.eu/the-
Finally, many of the cases for which you have provided information and/or you have assisted us to analyse have been accepted as Cases of Excellence at European level, which means they will be used to transfer their achievements and lessons learned, which will help promote our area, our institutions, and cultural assets. The Cases of Excellence can be found here: https://www.vi-mm.eu/case-
Definitely Thanks to the efforts of UPF and to your active collaboration and contribution, we have achieved important results, not only for our community, but also for the definition of future policies in Cultural Heritage. More concretely the EC report states: “On one hand, the European Commission may use some of the proposed action lines in forthcoming calls, and on the other hand, the consortium is fully committed to continue the activities in the next two years in a self-funded sequel under the name ViMMplus. This continuation is intended to safeguard and further build on the project results, including the expert network, the communication platform and website, and the Decision-Making Process and Tool. […] The Decision-Making Process and Tool demonstrate an approach towards structuring activities in the area of digital cultural heritage and serve as an example that could be taken up by European companies.”
We as UPF, as well as the other ViMM partners in Europe, are committed to continue publishing regular blog posts, to communicate the results of the case studies, to maintain the ViMM platform, and to keep its community together, for example by “continuing contacts that could lead to more Joint Statements with stakeholder organisations”. Therefore, we encourage you to continue taking advantage of the ViMM platform, by publishing news posts and opportunities, promoting our success, and taking advantage of the expertise and knowledge of the other experts and institutions.
We are sincerely grateful for your continuous support to our work; particularly the information provided by the different departments of the Catalan Government, the availability of the museums, and the many useful ideas and debates held during our meetings.
We strongly believe that the above mentioned results of our collaboration could be the basis for further common work of all cultural stakeholders in Catalonia, with UPF team and other European Institutions. This would help improve our performance and sustainability, as well as take advantage of any new developments in digital applications that may serve the preservation, valorisation, interpretation and accessibility to Cultural Heritage, and promote the social and economic growth of the Cultural Heritage domain.
Feel free to contact us for any new creative ideas, questions, or support you may need.
The UPF team: Laia Pujol, Georgios Giannoulis Giannoulopoulos, Narcís Parés