Virtual Museums (VM) are a new model of communication that aims at creating a personalized, immersive, interactive way to enhance our understanding of the world around us.
The term “VM” is a short-cut that comprehends various types of digital creations. Unfortunately, although its idea is not new, development and implementation researches have not yet brought Europe to be the leader in this field, as would be expected. This sector has not reached a sufficient level of maturity to be as widespread as it should be, compared to fields such as cinema or the games sector.
Moreover in Europe, unlike in the USA, we still face a disconnection between the research, that develops tools with little interest in their wide application, and the industry, which builds ten-year plans addressing the market. VM domain is the perfect application area where all these problems need to be solved for the real benefit of society. Unfortunately there are no solutions ready to be developed through research. A NoE ("Network of Excellence") would be required at this point.
V-MusT.net partners believe that Europe can be the leader in the worldwide panorama of VM. A large number of the most important VMs is implemented by EU groups. Some of the most notable and excellent researches related to this field are developed in the EU. This leadership can be achieved only by going beyond the actual research fragmentation, by soliciting a common effort in assessing limitations emerging from all VM experiences consolidated so far, finding proper solutions, assessing them through experimental activity and finally consolidating a transnational network dedicated to VMs.
V-MusT.net will bridge technological domains, archival, social and cognitive sciences to advance the state-of-the-art of digital preservation, for VMs future persistence. It will:
- finally create a virtual research area;
- identify researches for further development;
- identify the VM of the Future;
- increase competitiveness of the EU-ICT industry;
- Acronym: V-MusT.net
- Website: http://www.v-must.net
- Center: STARC
- Funding Source: EC – FP7 / ICT/2009
- CyI Funding: €231,800
- Funding Period: 48 months
- Starting Date: 01/02/2011
- End Date: 31/01/2015
- Coordinator: Consiglio Nationale Delle Ricerche
Allard Pierson Museum (Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam) (NL), APRE: Agency for the Promotion of European Research (IT), Archeovision, CNRS, Bordeaux, FR, CINECA Interuniversity Consortium (?), CNR (National Research Council) (IT), CULTNAT Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (?), Elektrotehnicki fakultet Sarajevo (?), Foundation of the Hellenic World (EL), Fraunhofer IGD (DE), King's Visualisation Lab, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London (UK), Lund University (?), Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali (IT), Noho (?), Sociedad Espanola de Arqueologia Virtual (SEAV) (?), The Cyprus Institute (CY), University of Brighton (UK), Virtualware (?), Visual Dimension (?)