Ambassadors' Toolkit

Following the face-to-face Summer Stage held in Maribor and in preparation of the Winter Stage to come in Athens, the eCult Observatory will provide current and future ambassadors with a Toolkit that will facilitate their collaboration, access to coaching modules and provide a programme for the Webinars.

1 INTRODUCTION module: Why eCult Ambassadors?
2 eCULT OBSERVATORY: The meeting platform for cultural heritage and technology
3 IDENTIFY and USE: Technology fact sheets, museum showcases, EU project success stories: How to use them?  What can you do with the information you get?
4 TECHNOLOGY MODULES: This is a series of examples of technology, its use in museums and collection environment, with links to the respective technology and/or example as well as recommendations: What needs to be considered when implementing such a technology.
Tech Module 4.1: 3D Models
Tech Module 4.2: Mobile Apps
Tech Module 4.3: Augmented Reality (AR)
Tech Module 4.4: Intelligent hardware
Tech Module 4.5: Social Media
Tech Module 4.6: Wearable Technology
Tech Module 4.7: Crowd Sourcing

5 Financing ICT for Cultural Heritage

Webinars will give a presentation of a crucial topic, with Q&A after the presentation.
Preliminary schedule and topics of Webinars (may be subject to changes):

23 September 2014, 4 pm CET:
    TOPIC: Introducing coaching modules and eCult Ambassadors methodology – Philippe Wacker, EMF
 Summary: Ph. Wacker have a short presentation of the strategy for eCult Ambassadors. The main content can be found in Modules 1-3 above.
14 October 2014, 5 pm CET
    TOPIC: Developing a Digital Strategy – Antje Schmidt, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Summary: A. Schmidt gave a presentation of the digital strategy of the Museum for Art and Design, Hamburg. The importance when digitising a collection is to stick to standards, controlled vocabulary and authority files, to allow to link data. Antje confirmed that it is not always easy to convince curators to share their treasure, even between departments of the same institution. For her, the Rijksmuseum is a clear Best Practice case and she recommends to follow the works of Lizzy Jongma, data manager of the Rijksmuseum and an advocate for open data. Visit the current exhibition of WWI or the Hamburg Museum for Art and Design in general!
18 November 2014, 4 pm CET/24 November 2014, 4 pm
    TOPIC: "Melting technologies towards Europeana - the MuseumPlus Experience in Europeana Inside" by Hera Almpanoudi (postscriptum, Greece)
Summary: H. Almpanoudi gave a concise overview on the MCK - Museums Connection Kit that allows museums to connect their content management system with the ECK - Europeana Connection Kit and this, enter the virtual space of culture of Europeana. Interactive Q&A after the presentation focused on usability of the system that is handled by curators with little technical knowledge. First experiences with 2 Greek museums showed a high degree of satisfaction so that the MCK could become an interface between museum collections and Europeana.
2 December 2014, 4 pm CET
    TOPIC: "New professions for new experiences in Culture" - Practical experience as “eCult Ambassador” – Alexandre Matos, Porto
Summary: Alexandre Matos presented the opportunities that technology offers to museums, and the very conservative attitude of some museums, e.g. in Portugal. The ensuing discussion had, amongst others, an interesting focus: How to engage young people. All participants agreed that museums need to open their "hortus conclusus"  and present it in an attractive way, including attractive and feasible opening hours. One of the examples given bu A. <atos on how to use new technologies was particularly appreciated: the "Met Connections", where divers museum staff tell a story about collection objects - but not the usual way: You find topics like Crocodiles, Masks, or Smoke, and each video gives a personal yet instructive view of the teller and the objects. A "must" for all to watch, and an example that should become a "must do" for all museums.
27 January 2015, 4 pm CET
    TOPIC: Paths towards funding sources for technology implementationsMargaretha Mazura, EMF
Summary: The Webinar guided the audience towards possible ways to "find" funding for ICT implemnetation in museums and cultural heritage institutions and pointed towards possible pitfalls in doing so. It was based on Module 5 of the coaching modules, with some practical hints on the best way of getting at funding, from crowd-sourcing to EU R&I projects. After the presentation, a discussion followed and in the end, all participants expressed their wish to stay in touch and to keep the network together. Next steps will be: The Dialogue Day on 13th May in Glasgow, on the occasion of the next EMYA event. Francesca Guerrera, soon in London, will explore the possibility to host a Webinar with her professor. Antonino Cosentino emphasised the need to try out all that is possible - he is currently helping the Sicilian Cart Museum (brandnew) to implement TAGCLOUD solutions. And Kaja Antlej emphasised the importance of staying linked and to exchange knowledge and opportunities.
28 October 2015, 4.00 pm (change from 27 October)
   TOPIC: 3D food printing and other digital technologies in heritage and museums: An Australian Experience, by eCult Ambassador Kaja Antlej
Summary: Kaja spent 7 months in Australia where she worked on a project on food as common cultural heritage, on the example of Slovenian food in Australia. The same day we held the Webinar, the MOFAD - Museum of Food and Drinks opened in New York. Kaja showed us the concept of "Makerspaces" where the creative community get together to do something creative such as 3D printing. Fascinating: Food 3D printing (made of edible materials), a feature also prominent at the Milan EXPO 2015. Have a look at her presentation (with many nice pictures) or watch the record of the Webinar.
NEW! 18 February 2016, 4.00 pm
   TOPIC: Heritage interpretation – making experiences meaningful, by Thorsten Ludwig, Managing Director, Interpret Europe
   Thorsten gave a fascinating and captivating presentation on the challenges and solutions for a menaningful heritage interpretation. He started with a definition taken from Freeman Tilden's book "Interpreting our Heritage" that was published in 1957! One of the criteria for success is the "universal concept": cpncepts that are ubiquitously touching, like life, death, love, hunger, freedom etc. Most impressive the example of the extinction of the "passenger pigeon" whose last specimen died at 1 pm on 1 September 1914 in an American zoo - a date that almost everybody would associate with World War I. Digital technologies allow for new means of interpretation with almost illimited possibilities - a topic that will be further explored by Interpret Europe. Thorsten's PRESENTATION.