Look behind the scenes | AthenaPlus plenary meeting in Barcelona

20150701_140958In early July the AthenaPlus consortium gathered in Barcelona to report about the achievements and results that have been produced in the final phase of the project. AthenaPlus is a best-practice network that aims at experimenting with enriched metadata in order to make digital cultural content reusable. In the frame of the AthenaPlus project tools and services adapted to the needs of different user groups are being developed. These to0ls support the development of digital exhibitions >MOVIO as well as tourist >City Quest and didactic >School Trip applications. All the open-source tools will be integrated into Europeana repositories and the repositories of national aggregators and individual Content Providers.

The 6th AthenaPlus plenary meeting was organized by our Spanish project partners and took place in the beautiful Palau Moja building situated in the pedestrian-mall La Rambla, Barcelona.

Barcelona Day 1

The first day of our plenary meeting was dedicated to presenting the AthenaPlus tools and services as well as some outstanding examples of digital exhibitions realized with MOVIO to the consortium. Training sessions were offered in order to instruct project partners in how to use and disseminate the project’s services.

Session on Creative Tools and Pilots


The MOVIO tool helps curators to build online digital exhibitions targeted to different audiences. The open-source tool kit comprises different useful services, such as timeline, ontology builder, image slider, hot spot, interactive maps, storyteller and many more. MOVIO is tailored to assure different levels of learning, from the simplest to the more complex one, in multiple languages. All the applications are integrated and embedded
in a comprehensive platform.


MOVIO HUB is a web service acting as a catalogue of all digital exhibitions realised with CMS MOVIO, whose information is imported automatically through interoperability procedures. MOVIO HUB supports multilingualism and allows the visualisation
of exhibitions in the original language and in the English language when a translation is available.

School Trip

Schooltrip is a tool that allows students to create their own school journey. Through an online interface the teacher can set a couple of parameters defining the skeleton of the trip. Students fill the template with information on practicalities, cultural heritage sites to visit, historical information, and so on. They learn to plan a travel from a to z, while incorporating our cultural heritage. At the end, a journal-like document is generated which can be used as itinerary guidebook.

City Quest

CityQuest allows cultural organisations to easily create a quest online, and publish it to a mobile app. Send your visitors around the city to discover items from your collection and the locations they are connected to. Based on hints and media you track down an item, scan the QR code on its location and learn the (hi)story behind it.


The eCultureMap has been developed to demonstrate the use and re-use of Europeana, AthenaPlus and other digital cultural heritage content, when browsing the content geographically. Currently the map has three main uses: a user may find out what cultural content is present on a certain location, plan a cultural route or upload own content. A GIS Pilot action resulting in use cases and an application has also been realised.

Terminology Management Platform TMP

The 2nd version of the Thesaurus Management Platform (TMP) developed in the AthenaPlus project offers to users a wide range of different functionalists, such as creation and editing of thesauri, management of multilingualism, integration of ISO standards 25964-1 and ISO 25964-2 on Thesauri, import and export in SKOS, JSON and RDF, thesaurus mapping, etc.

Click here to download the new AthenaPlus TMP newsletter. (English).

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Barcelona Day 2

On the second day in Barcelona requirements for the visualization and indexing of museum content were discussed by the consortium members. Afterwards the international Digital Exhibitions Working Group presented its outputs and achievements that were produced during the lifetime of the project to the entire group. The afternoon of day 2 was reserved to discussing and planning the final phase of the AthenaPlus project.

poster_dewgDigital Exhibitions Working Group

The Digital Exhibitions Working Group that was established in 2011 by academics from Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Romania, Belgium, Sweden and Germany presented to the AthenaPlus project members its most recent publications and outputs, such as a checklist with points to consider when creating a digital exhibition and a best-practice booklet on  metadata for the description of digital exhibitions. Moreover, also the working group’s databases on tools, literature and digital exhibitions were introduced to the attendees.

Barcelona Day 3

The final day of the AthenaPlus plenary meeting was dedicated to a workshop on digital storytelling and cultural heritage for education and tourism. The MICHAEL CULTURE workshop was open to the public and offered the opportunity to learn how to make digital content more attractive to the public, providing new experiences and ways for engaging with potential target audiences. The session was topped by a debate on perspectives of digital cultural heritage in cultural mediation, education and tourism.

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