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2015-06-02 Meeting with NaturBornholm in Denmark

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BalticMuseums discovers Denmark's popular center: Project representative Ekkehardt Rohkohl met with Peter Haase, manager of NaturBornholm, to discuss future cooperation and present cooperation results of the past years within the BalticMuseums team. NaturBornholm covers 3000 m2 with time machine, earthquakes, dinosaurs, Baltic Sea aquarium, crocodiles, and much more. It presents the history of Bornholm and provides insight into parts of the island's nature is otherwise difficult to get to. The center attracts tourists and locals alike. In the meeting, many valuable anchorpoints for a potential cooperation within the BalticMuseums framework were found, that will be worked in more detail in the coming months.

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2015-04-14 BalticMuseums in Scandinavia

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Meetings with museums in Denmark and Sweden spread the word about the BalticMuseums network to the North. The first meeting partner was Asger Høeg, project director of the Experimentarium in Copenhagen (picture 1). The science center offers a great variety of interactive experiments around the world of science, to fascinate young people for biology, physics and the like. RFID tags are applied for an individual registration for certain paths in the science center. The dissemination tour continued to Malmö, where Erik Roupe and Josfine Floberg of Malmö Museer (picture 2) discussed cooperation opportunities with Susanne Marx, information officer of the BalticMuseums project. The museum will open its refurbished aquarium that will be equipped with electronic signs. Thereafter, the Universeum in Gothenburg welcomed the project representative. Dorotea Blank and Jan Westin (picture 3) explained the museums scope from aquaria, rain forest with animals to vast experiment areas for making people interested in science. All visited in institutions showed a great interest in the BalticMuseums cooperation and its future plans and are eager to share their experiences.

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Experimentarium Copenhagen, Denmark

Malmö Museer, Sweden

Universeum, Göteborg, Sweden
 

2015-04-14 Lithuanian eGuides in dissemination programme

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The eGuide of the Lithuanian Sea Museums brings the surf of the waves to people far away from the sea shore: The team of the museum finishes the BalticMuseums project with widely covering dissemination activities. Traveling for mobile education, 10 Lithuanian schools situated in remote places from the South Baltic coastline were visited. 150 different educational activities were arranged to a total number of 3550 pupils. The eGuide and other maritime educational means were experienced by the students of different age, situated in different geographical locations in Lithuania. Multifunctional modern electronic devices again proved the broad variety of utilization options for cultural and educational purposes and served to intensify the knowledge transfer. The natural and cultural heritage of the South Baltic Region was set in more valuable use as well as the image and attractiveness of the museums was raised.
 

2015-03-31 Baltic Sea Protection Day in the NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium

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It is a special day for all the museums of the Baltic region. We live at the exceptional sea, from which we draw benefits every day. It is worthwhile to remind ourselves about the values of the youngest and sweetest of all the seas of in the world. On this occasion, on the 22nd of March 2015, the Gdynia Aquarium joined forces with representatives of the Polish local museums.

To promote the BalticMuseums electronic guides as well as Baltic nature, the entrance to the Gdynia Aquarium was decorated with the photo exhibition from underwater. For modern mobile devices’ users, additional pieces of audio-knowledge was linked to the QR codes on the posters. At 10:00 a.m. the Cinema Room was already filled with students, eager to learn about wide-aimed promotion of the Baltic nature. First point of the program was sharing the experience of the fruits of the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project. Every next hour, lectures were given by the admirers of the Baltic Sea. The scientists, archeologists, travelers and divers told us about their knowledge and experience and showed what is hidden at the Baltic very bottom. The visitors could also take part in open laboratories and educational games, see demonstration of diving equipment and even take a close look at the workshop of an old-time seal-hunter. Those who felt brave enough could even become a bone marrow donor or take part in the first aid course. The event finished at 4 p.m. Until this time, over one thousand people joined us to celebrate the uniqueness of the Baltic Sea. During the event, the admission to the Gdynia Aquarium Education Center was free of charge.

Special thanks to: National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, National Marine Museum, Polish Academy of Sciences (Institute of Oceanology), Archeological Museum in Gdańsk, “Seal-Hunter Settlement” - Cultural Park in Rzucewo, Foundation “Trzeba Marzyć”, Gdynia Dive, Association “KrewAktywni”

Before the event, the video-information was displayed at the public screens of Marschal's Office in whole Voivodeship and at the nearby Trading Center. Most important Pomeranian web-portals included information on the event and two radio stations came to interview Grazyna Niedoszytko during the event and newspapers wrote about it.

The Baltic Sea Protection Day was organized in the framework of the project BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus and part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).
 

2015-03-25 eGuide meeting on cooperation opportunities

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Representatives from universities, tourism, IT and museum services met on invitation of the BalticMuseums project team at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences to discuss cooperation opportunities supported by ICT like eGuide systems. Trends like gamification, edutainment and augmented reality were tackled, as well as new museum concepts to use the potential of visitors who bring their own device (smartphone, tablet etc.). This implies great opportunities, but also many technical and practical obstacles of what kind of IT solution to offer, internet access or how to handle the use of headphones. Additionally, the participants worked on cooperation opportunities. The BalticMuseums team presented project ideas in the South and Baltic Sea Region.

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Project presentation and outlook to future plans for cooperation (Susanne Marx, for Stralsund University of Applied Sciences)
Cooperation opportunities for eGuides used by several institutions (Andreas Ahlfeldt, for Stralsund University of Applied Sciences)
eGuides in Outdoor Use (Katrin Bärwald, Nationalparkamt Vorpommern)
Trends in technology and services for museums and their chances for the participating museums (Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Drazek, Agniezska Miluniec, University of Szczecin, Poland)

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Agnieszka Miluniec presenting opportunities for augmented reality.
Prof. Dr. Zygmunt Drazek explaining a model for complex content management with IT systems.
 

2015-03-20 Baltic Museums Thematic Cooperation Meeting

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On Wednesday, March the 25th will be the next Baltic Museums 2.0 Plus Thematic Cooperation Meeting. The subject will be “eGuides - Tools for cooperation all along the touristic value chain”. The partners and guests will discuss the results gained by the Baltic Museums Project, future Projects and opportunities delivered by the cooperation are also part of the agenda. The Meeting will be held on the campus of the Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, house 19, room 115.

Stralsund University of Applied Sciences
Zur Schwedenschanze 15
D – 18435 Stralsund
House 19/ Room 115
Germany

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10:00 - 10:30 Project presentation and outlook to future plans for cooperation

10:30 – 11:30 Cooperation opportunities for eGuides used by several institutions

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:15 eGuides in Outdoor Use

12:15 – 13:15 Trends in technology and services for museums and their chances for the participating museums

13:15 Lunch + Feedback, Networking
 

2015-03-17 BalticMuseums partner invited to US conference

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BalticMuseums partner NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium has been invited for the Global Ocean Science Education Workshop June 26-27 2015 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (USA). The organizers are amongst those that once invented the ocean literacy concept in North America. This invitation follows a presentation of the BalticMuseums representatives, Grazyna Niedoszytko and Weronika Podlesinska, at the EMSEA conference in Gothenborg, Sweden, in fall 2014. Under the title “From prawns to the iPods – education in the NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium“ the team had presented the results from the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project to the international audience of marine education institutions from all over Europe and beyond.

Grazyna Niedoszytko will now be a speaker in the session "Public Ocean Education Across the Ocean Basins" at the Global Ocean Science Education Workshop 2015, to share also the experiences of the BalticMuseums projects with this global expert audience.
 

2015-02-21 Vilnius - Thematic Meeting Trends in Museums

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The BalticMuseums team discussed with experts on trends in ICT in museums. For the thematic meeting in Vilnius on 20 February 2015, the team had invited professionals from the creative IT industry and innovation methodology to discuss latest developments in museums.
Next to the opportunities of visitors bringing their own electronic devices (BYOD - bring your own device), technologies like iBeacon and wearables (e.g. glasses from Microsoft or google), a focus was given to fascinating examples of Augmented Reality.
This technology opens up new ways of how to engage with visitors by mixing real exhibits with virtual information both for scaling up educational information but also adding entertainment elements.
The trend of gamification and its motivating factor for attracting and thrilling visitors was an additional key point of the meeting.
Gediminas Tarasevicius, Director of operations at the Lithuanian Game Developers Association, and Šarūnas Ledas, of Lithuanian game and augmented reality developer company Tag of Joy, gave brilliant examples for application cases in museums.
Beyond fascinating visitors and users, it was discussed of how to involve them or even let them drive the innovation process of service development.
Birgitta Bergvall-Kareborn, Professor in Information Systems at Lulea Technical University, and one of the drivers of the Botnia Living Lab gave insights into the innovation methodology of Living Labs and its numerous and varied application opportunities.
Having worked with the Living Lab approach for over 10 years, the Lulea team is one of the key experts in this field in Europe.
They are engaged in the European organization for Living Labs (ENoLL) and have proven their expertise in both research and industry projects.
Representatives from the Estonian Maritime Museum added their experience and interested in continued cooperation with the project team.


The thematic meetings of BalticMuseums will be continued with a session on 22/23 March in Gdynia focussing on using eGuide content for dissemination and promotion and on 25 March in Stralsund with a focus on using apps for tourism cooperation.
 

2015-01-28 Radio report about BalticMuseums

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On 4 February 2015, a report about the BalticMuseums cooperation will be heard on the German radio NDR 1 Radio MV at around 20:15.

Journalist Silvana Mundt has interviewed Prof. Dr. Michael Klotz, head of the BalticMuseums projects for this documentation.
 

2015-01-21 BalticMuseums speaker in European Tourism Conference

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Successful cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism in Europe was the topic of the European conference: "Smart cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism - Encouraging transnational partnerships through clusters and networks" in Brussels, 20 January 2015.
The European Commission had invited speakers from all the European coastal areas to demonstrate their experiences with local and transnational cooperation and their visions for the future. The BalticMuseusms projects were presented by Susanne Marx, BalticMuseums information manager on behalf of Stralsund University of Applied Sciences. Not only the successfully launched eGuides were presented, but also the technical means applied for cooperation and mutual promotion, the developed skills of team members and the vision for both a regionally and a content-wise enhanced cooperation at the crossroads of ICT, museum services and tourism.
About 230 representatives of clusters and networks, national and regional representatives, nautical associations, cruise, chambers of commerce and SMEs from all European countries took part in the conference. Mr. Pedro Ortùn, Director in charge of Service industries at the European Commission, emphasised the importance of cooperation even beyond competition, the need to exploit ICT and the cooperation across industries with the common target of smart and sustainable growth.

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2015-01-07 Additional EU funding for BalticMuseums

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The „BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus“ project was granted additional funding of over 100.000 Euros by the European Union. This extension will prolong the project until end of April 2015. „This additional support is a great acknowledgement of what the project team has achieved so far“, says Professor Klotz, head of the project at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, lead partner of the project. The activities in the applied prolongation period will be threefold: firstly the projects’ network shall be enlarged and motivated for an even stronger cooperation, secondly trends for innovative tools and services for knowledge-transfer shall be researched and thirdly appropriate dissemination activities shall be identified. Based on these fundamentals, the lead partner shall govern the joint work towards a further co-operation project for the new funding period to enhance the cooperation work of the BalticMuseums network even further.
 

2015-01-06 Baltic Museums invited to Brussels

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Stralsund University as lead partner of the BalticMuseums project has been again invited to Brussels to speak at the European conference: "Smart cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism - Encouraging transnational partnerships through clusters and networks" on 20 January 2015. Susanne Marx, BalticMuseums information manager, will represent the project and give a presentation on "BalticMuseums - Overcoming seasonality in coastal and maritime tourism by building partnerships. A Blue Growth network for Europe?". 200-250 representatives of clusters and networks, national and regional representatives, interested tourism stakeholders, nautical associations, cruise, chambers of commerce, SMEs, port authorities, maritime networks and associations from all over Europe are expected to attend the event. The invitation was given on behalf of Mr. Pedro Ortùn, Director in charge of Service industries, and of Mr. Hubert Gambs, Director in charge of Maritime Policy and Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, at the European Commission.

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2014-12-15 eGuide lab in Germany

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The German Oceanographic Museum and Stralsund University of Applied Sciences had invited to the eGuide lab and advisory board meeting on 12 December. This meeting was held at the NATUREUM, a branch of the German Oceanographic Museum on the Darss peninsula. Next to the presentation of recent project developments, like the invitation to the "Conference on Smart Cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism" in January 2015 in Brussels, the lately introduced eGuide at the NATUREUM was in focus of the meeting. Unique to this eGuide is the cooperation between the project partners of the German Oceanographic Museum and the National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft As the NATUREUM is located within the National Park, the idea came up to provide visitors with an eGuide both for the museum and for the National Park. Thus the visitor can enjoy a combined tour in the museum and along a path in the National Park. The project team presented the method and process of how to set up the project and to introduce the eGuide. Hardware decisions were explained and software developments. A strong focus was however put on the development of the content concept and elements. This part requires most resources and professional support, agreed all participants. After this sharing of experiences, the participants took a tour with the new eGuide. The representatives from local tourism enterprises and museums were all enthusiastic about this new offer.
 

2014-12-10 BalticMuseums as Best Practice in EU guide

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The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Union has issued a GUIDE ON EU FUNDING FOR THE TOURISM SECTOR. This guide shall help tourism stakeholders to get an overview of EU funding instruments for the sector. Various programs are presented and compared. For each European program a few examples of successful projects in the past are given. BalticMuseums 2.0 and its follow up BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus are amongst them in the section for the EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND. This is a great honor of the work done by the project team in the past 6 years of intense cooperation.

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2014-12-04 BalticMuseums in Riga

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Aiming to spread the experience and disseminate the findings of the project within the Baltic Sea region, the team of the Lithuanian Sea Museum visited the Museum of Natural History in the capital city of Latvia, Riga. Project administrator Ekkehardt Rohkohl presented the possibilities for an advanced cooperation with a enhanced partnership in the 2014-2020 EU financing period and invited the Museum of Natural History on behalf of the lead partner, Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, to join the cross-border network of BalticMuseums in the future applications. The Latvian colleagues expressed the pleasure of being addressed and showed the interest towards a close cooperation in the future.

In the photo: Baltic Museums2.0 Plus members with the Latvian colleagues in the Museum of Natural History in Riga.
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