ARCHES has a wide range of collaboration partners, including other EU-funded projects. Such (formal and informal) partnerships with H2020 projects, have been established with PLUGGY, EMOTIVE, SMARTIFY, and COME-IN!

PLUGGY addresses the need of the society to be actively involved in cultural heritage activities, not only as an observer, but also as a maintainer, creator and a major influencing factor. Currently, there are not adequate ICT tools to support citizens in their everyday activities in shaping cultural heritage and be shaped by it. PLUGGY, the Pluggable Social Platform for Heritage Awareness and Participation, aims to bridge this gap by providing the necessary tools to allow users to share their local knowledge and everyday experience with others, together with the contribution of cultural institutions, building extensive networks around a common area interest, connecting the past, the present and the future.
As part of the PLUGGY project the PlugSonic suite was created to import, edit, process, manage and create audio content within the PLUGGY Social Platform and Curatorial Tools. The PlugSonic suite includes PlugSonic Soundscape which is used to create and experience 3D interactive soundscapes within a web-based platform. This app was used to create the ARCHES Peasant and the Nest Robber soundscape. Sound sources are imported to the PLUGGY social platform and then imported to the app. By placing these sounds around the listener they are ‘spatialised’ and rendered ‘binaurally’. This means that, when using headphones, they can be heard as if they are surrounding the listener.


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Installation of the Vogeldieb Relief with PLUGGY Soundscape


Emotive is an EU-funded heritage project that aims to use emotional storytelling to dramatically change how we experience heritage sites.

ARCHES and EMOTIVE were first put into touch during the summer of 2018. We have worked together closely sharing our practices and findings. EMOTIVE has invited two of our colleagues to their workshop in Athens where they explored and evaluated their approach of engaging visitors through emotional storytelling to dramatically change how we experience heritage sites. It was very helpful to see the different evaluation methods the Emotive project is using and gave us ideas on how to work with participants on creating similar experiences. This week two staff members joined the EMOTIVE project again to celebrate their innovative technologies at their final stages.

The EMOTIVE Emotive Website will give you a better idea how the Emotive application can provide a powerful storytelling engine and a set of rich digital media assets that can be used to create detailed characters and narratives featuring archaeological sites or collections of artefacts.


Dissemination strategy together with COME-IN!

Together with on-site demonstrations, the consortium is collaborating with research projects and international networks, to create synergies with other related projects. The participation in international networks will contribute to the achievement of the project goals, especially relating to communication and exploitation. COME-IN! (Cooperating for Open access to Museums – towards a widEr INclusion) project, which is funded under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme aims at valorising the CENTRAL EUROPE cultural heritage by increasing the capacities of small and medium size museums, making them accessible to a wider public. COME-IN! coordinates a multi-faceted network of museums, disability associations, academic representatives, training institutions and policy makers, that have defined an innovative strategic approach on how to promote the accessibility to museums – in order to make them more attractive for the public.
In this collaboration between ARCHES and COME-IN!, transnational high-level standards will be discussed and established and know-how transfer structured. The COME-IN! guidelines for organising an accessible collection/exhibition and the training handbook for museum operators will be compared to the findings in the ARCHES project, and they will be elaborated and tested in both networks.
The final conference of COME-IN! will be on September 11th in Brussel and the ARCHES Comm. Manager will be present. Accordingly, a COME-IN! project leader will join our presentation event in Madrid in November.

Through the collaboration with the EU-funded COME-IN! project, we are furthermore able to feature two additional workshops, one in Croatia and one in Slovenia. Please visit our workshop section for more details.