New direction of EU R&I policy

Since the Lamy report was published in July this year, much is being said and discussed on the potential mission orientation in FP9. This new direction of EU R&I policy is an attractive logical new step from the challenge driven approach in H2020.

The Archive of Digital Art (ADA)

Digital art, or new media art, is situated at the intersection of art, technology and science. Although one might think that digital art is a relatively new phenomena, Andy Warhole already created digital art using a Commodore Amiga back in 1985.

Nexto replaces boring audio guides with tourism games

What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract more visitors and earn more money to fund culture.

Tools for Virtual Museums

When building a virtual museum one can rely heavily on already existing open source web libraries most of which were created for developing simulations and video games for the browser. They are well documented projects with an active developer base, building upon them...

Microsoft Kinect discontinued

Kinect, the motion-sensing wonder device for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, has had many deaths before, but today seems to bring the last spadeful of dirt on its grave. Microsoft has confirmed it is no longer manufacturing Kinect and none will be sold once retailers run...

Stereopsia 2017

Stereopsia 2017 Praised worldwide for its quality & conviviality, Stereopsia is about the magic, enchantment, & power of IMMERSION. For the 9th consecutive year, the event brings to its international participants pertinent, hot, and emerging information about the...

Tools and resources to measure impact

In this post I present  a couple of links that contain useful information and tools about defining and assessing social impact in cultural institutions. Both reflect the work undertaken in two very different institutions: Europeana and the Oakland Museum of...

A Virtual Reality Film Experience Just Received the First Oscar for VR

Visionary director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been awarded a special award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his VR experience. The film is currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and may be indicative of a shift in how we make and consume film.

Biodiversity Heritage Library Puts 2 Million Botanical Illustrations Online for Free

If you’re fascinated by nature and botanical illustrations, you’ll be thrilled by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This open access digital library focuses on bringing the natural world closer to people through access to writings and illustration. Thanks to the dedication of BHL staff and readers, over 100,000 images and photographs from the collection have been uploaded to their popular Flickr account since 2011.

LUMIN

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) premiered a mobile tour on Jan. 25 called Lumin that uses Google’s Tango technology to provide visitors with new, in-depth ways to engage with the DIA’s renowned collection.

Rethinking Guernica

Reina Sofia
Rethinking Guernica
1935–2020
Chronology, itineraries & gigapixel
Visible light, ultraviolet, infrared, X-ray
The most recent technical photographic studies of Guernica have enabled the Museo Reina Sofía restoration team to draw certain conclusions for researchers and restorers.

Linked Government Data in Slovak Republic Report – 2017

This year, there has been made great progress in linked government data in Slovak Republic. And it was the most special year up to now. After many proposals, discussions and verifications, the concept of linked data was incorporated to the Strategic Priorities – Data and Open Data, that is part of the National Concept of Informatization of Public Administration (NKIVS)

Dúchas website offers window to Wexford’s past

Old images of people and places in County Wexford appear on the re-designed Dúchas website and a new digital version of the National Folklore Photographic Collection, which were launched at an event in the National Library of Ireland.
The Photographic Collection containing about 10,000 photographs, many of them relating to County Wexford, is the latest resource to be added to the site after being digitised and catalogued.
Many of the photographs date from the early 20th century and include images taken by professional photographers and by collectors working with the National Folklore Commission. They are classified under 14 different topics including festivals, holy wells, settlements, community, folklore collection and games and pastimes.
In the County Wexford section, there are photographs of old thatched houses in Our Lady’s Island, Carnesore Point, Churchtown, Rosslare, Kilmore Quay and Ballybro; funeral crosses in a memorial to the dead in Enniscorthy; harvesting in Wexford; a large number from Carley’s Bridge Pottery in Enniscorthy; a holy well in Tomhaggard and Carcur Mummers at Christmas 1947.
The website contains an extensive collection of written folklore transcripts and personal testimonies from the county on customs, places, local happenings, superstitions, historical incidents including 1798, famous characters, sporting triumphs, local cures and the ‘banshee’ or’the bow’.
‘This is an incredible new resource for Wexford providing a fascinating insight into our past,’ said Fine Gael’s Minister Michael D’Arcy.
‘Fine Gael places enormous importance on our national history and heritage and on preservation of all our folklore and historic photographs. Putting all these resources online so everyone has access to them will allow people here in Wexford to witness our past from their laptops and mobile devices’, he said.
Material from schools in the 26 counties which took part in the Schools Scheme from 1937 to 1939 is also available on the website dúchas.ie which is popular with researchers and people who have an interest in history and folklore and also with the Irish diaspora around the world.
The site can be searched by place, by person and by topic and has material from almost every parish in Ireland.
The Dúchas project is the result of a partnership beginning in 2012 between the National Folklore Collection in UCD, UCD Digital Library and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, the Irish-language teaching and research unit in DCU.
The aim is to digitise the National Folklore Collection and make it available online. The project is co-funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with support from the National Lottery and UCD.

Digital Archaeology Digest: Biblical Manuscripts, Handheld Sundials and 3D Byzantine Shipwrecks

It has been another big week in digital archaeology and history, folks. In this week’s Digest, we explore the digitization of Biblical manuscripts, ancient timepieces, Byzantine shipwrecks and the import of Open Access ideas within the field of archaeology.

AR is on the verge of transforming the human-computer relationship

The ubiquity of smartphones and 4G networks in the last decade have changed our society and economy in dramatic ways. The most visible way in which society has transformed is that it’s become commonplace to see people staring at tiny 2D screens in their hands while tapping, pinching, and swiping on mobile content.

7 Predictions for the Future of Augmented Reality

Imagine grocery shopping with a set of glasses that directs you to your preferred items on the shelf, or repairing your car with help from an expert technician who virtually comes into your garage to walk you through the fix. Imagine visiting the Louvre Museum in France with your kids, without ever setting foot on an airplane.

Virtual Reality Makes Real Gains Across Africa

Head a few miles north of the Sandton Convention Center, where more than a thousand producers, broadcasters, and assorted industry execs are gathering this week to discuss the latest trends in African content at Discop, and you can deep-sea dive off the Galapagos islands, battle zombies, buckle up for a trip to the moon—or look into the future.

Sorry, PowerPoint: The Slide Deck of the Future Will Be in AR

When Peter Arvai founded Prezi in 2009, he didn’t set out to topple PowerPoint. He just wanted to see better presentations. With the right tools, he figured, he could help people create visual aids that felt more engaging. Arvai was sick of sitting through slide decks containing walls of text and bullet-pointed lists, listening to the speaker ramble on while the audience squinted at the words on the screen.

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