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The Smartmuseum project is a campaign based on the desire across cultures for increased interactivity with cultural digital content. It strives to meet the wants and needs of today's museum visitors. The overall objective of the project is to develop a a platform for innovative services enhancing on-site personalised access to digital cultural heritage through adaptive and privacy preserving user profiling. The Smartmuseum system provides a multi-platform solution for this objective. Using hand-held devices available for rent at museums or individual visitor's smartphones Smartmuseum provides patrons with personalised tour information and a wealth of additional resources to enrich their visit. The rented hand-held devices are equipped for multimedia applications, such as displaying text and playing short videos. Each exhibit and/or object of interest is marked with an identification tag which contains digital information and supplementary materials that can be read by the hand-held devices. Using a wireless signal the device scans the identification tag and provides the information to the visitor. Similarly, for outdoor tours or visits to cultural heritage areas, patrons may use their personal GPS-equipped smartphone to identify larger objects of interest and view supplementary materials. The smartphone, however, must be able to support Smartmuseum's software and communicate using a GPS service.

Duration of the project: 1 January 2008 - 28 February 2010

Smartmuseum is a European project supported within the IST priority of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.


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