Deliverables and documents


In this section you may find the list of the public deliverables produced during the project.

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May 2013


Creation of identity logo, corporate message, project website, shared dissemination plan and guidelines for Partners

This deliverable serves as a guide for the AthenaPlus dissemination. It describes the logo and the
corporate message, the first dissemination materials available and planned, as well as guidelines on how, where and when to distribute them. Last but not least, the deliverable provides guidelines on how to report on dissemination activities carried out by the Partners. It serves as an internal guide and handbook for the Best Practice Network.

PDF, 1840kb

May 2013


Terms of reference for the best practice network and the enlargement of the network

The present document describes synthetically models and procedures for managing the National Contact Points and the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs). It also describes the state of the art of the collaborative network of experts and stakeholders who work together on the topics of the project. It illustrates the benefits of enlarging the network and includes the template of a cooperation agreement model to formalise the cooperation with experts and institutions that do not belong to the AthenaPlus Consortium, as well as of a Memorandum of Understanding with other projects. It is targeted to: (a) AthenaPlus stakeholders (all partners, and in particular National Contact Points and WP leaders), who will find useful guidelines on how to set up and run a working group; (b) thematic working group members who will be informed about the running procedures of a working group and; (c) external experts, institutions and projects who are interested in taking part and cooperate with AthenaPlus activities. The goal of these Terms of Reference is to ensure that all TWGs and cooperation agreements have common procedures and adheres to a common model, in order to guarantee that their results can be integrated across the project and facilitate the project management.

PDF, 508 kb 

June 2013


Report on the user needs and requirements

This deliverable, coordinated by ICCU and PACKED, gathers information on user needs and requirements in relation to the creative applications for the (re)use of digital cultural heritage content that will be developed in the AthenaPlus WP5. The initial feedback was gathered through the use of personas. This methodology draws on classical search behaviour and information architecture research where each persona represents a unique individual; in our case, selected as examples of Europeana’s hypothetic stakeholders – schoolteachers, retired persons, tourist guides, specialists such as musicians, and historians or archaeologist; i.e. those harbouring a specific interest in cultural history.
A specific task was scripted and the volunteer who was playing the persona was asked to visit websites in a way that would be appropriate from the point of view of the specific personas they are playing, performing their tasks either on Europeana or through generic searches via Google. In total, 61 completed test reports were completed and processed and all the data were then documented and described in this document.  While the user tests were set up to carry out a certain scenario by using pre-allocated online platforms, the input from the WP5 Working Group, composed of experts from several partners, was collected in a more open way.  From the Description of Work WP5 had set a goal to evaluate an application environment that specifically focused on: virtual exhibitions, tourist routes and education. Therefore the WP5 Working group was asked to describe similar applications or online platforms that they felt represented inspiring examples; including the key components they felt would be appropriate to these kinds of applications (or those that were lacking these components); and to report on methodologies concerning online interaction or online usability.  The results of this deliverable will inform the future deliverables in the following ways: a) D5.: Report on existing tools and devices related to narrative approaches and requirement functionalities, foreseen at month 6; b) D5.3 First release of the AthenaPlus tools, foreseen at month 11.

PDF, 3965 kb

August 2013


Report on existing tools and devices related to narrative approaches and requirements functionalities

This deliverable, coordinated by Dédale and PACKED, provides an overview of existing tools and applications that may serve as examples for the development of the creative applications for the (re)use of digital cultural heritage content that will be developed in the AthenaPlus WP5.  The report is composed of three parts: it starts off with a theoretical introduction to the concept of narrative and digital storytelling. This is followed by an overview of common features for data, tools and supports that are needed in the realisation of digital stories, and ends with an overview of relevant components that might be implemented in the online AthenaPlus application environment.  The results of this deliverable will directly inform task and deliverable D5.3 First release of the AthenaPlus tools, foreseen in month 11. A second version of this deliverable will be released after the project plenary meeting in October 2013. During this meeting, the AthenaPlus WP5 Working Group will, together with the technical team, will determine the functional requirements for these tools to be developed. The results will also serve the pilot actions of WP6 that will be run in relation to digital storytelling, virtual exhibitions, educational use and GIS applications.

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PDF, 355 kb

August 2013


The MINT ingestion platform

The main objective of this deliverable is to describe the MINT ingestion platform presenting its architecture and the technologies used for its implementations. Additionally, the MINT workflow is explained and detailed user instructions for every MINT procedure are provided. The role of MINT in AthenaPlus project is to assist content providers in the transformation of their in house metadata to Europeana Data Model and their publication to Europeana. MINT development has started by NTUA from the ATHENA ingestion server and evolved through other Europeana feeder projects like Linked Heritage, EuScreen and ECLAP. MINT addresses the ingestion of metadata from multiple sources, the mapping of the imported records to the intermediate metadata schema and the transformation and storage of the metadata in a repository.

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August 2013


First release GLAM sector reference terminologies

The DoW of the AthenaPlus project describes deliverable D4.1 as follows: “a first release of GLAM-sector terminologies with a terminology resource report. It describes the results of the analyses of GLAM terminologies, the selection criteria used for the collection of suitable reference terminologies, as well as a detailed overview of the terminologies gathered in the registry of terminologies.” The basic goal of this deliverable is to give an overview of suitable terminologies used by cultural institutions collaborating in the AthenaPlus and Linked Heritage projects. Suitable terminologies will be imported in the repository of the Terminology Management Platform (TMP), where they will be mapped to other terminologies using SKOS properties and exported in RDF so they can be reused as linked open data.

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October 2013


Review on Linked Open Data Sources

The objective of this deliverable is to provide an overview of the Linked Open Data (LOD) sources that could be used for linking the AthenaPlus content. The report is composed of five parts: It starts with a brief introduction to Linked (Open) Data with focus on some technical and formal aspects (chapter 2). The following part presents the results of a survey among the AthenaPlus partners on Linked Open Data (chapter 3). Then selected approaches to find LOD sources and gather descriptive information about them as requested for the deliverable are described (chapter 4). Subsequently the core list of LOD sources identified as candidates is presented. This includes general and technical details for the data sources examined, including the type of content described, the amount of resources served and the protocols supported for consuming data as far as they were determinable (chapter 5), and is followed by some conclusions (chapter 6). The results of this deliverable will directly inform further work in task 4.3 and the related deliverable D4.6.

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January 2014


Description of the LIDO to EDM mapping

The main objective of this deliverable is to describe the mapping methods from the Lightweight Information Describing Objects (LIDO) metadata model to Europeana Data Model (EDM). The mapping from LIDO to EDM is necessary for the project since LIDO is a widely used standard in the museum domain with which most of the AthenaPlus partners are already familiar, while EDM is the metadata standard that is currently used by Europeana for harvesting and presentation purposes and most of the AthenaPlus partners do not use it inside their institutions/organizations.

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January 2014


Analysis, scenarios use cases, opportunities of innovative services for DCH, and future development

This deliverable coordinated by Michael Culture association was produced following the open workshop on Digital Storytelling for mediation and valorisation of cultural heritage, held in Berlin on the 9 of October 2013. It aims at exploring concrete opportunities of Digital storytelling for the valorisation of digital cultural heritage content. Digital storytelling offers great opportunities for Digital Cultural Heritage, enabling the valorisation of cultural heritage and the development of new approaches and mediation tools for the audience, favouring thus new forms of relationship with the audience, more interactive and participatory, before, during and after the visit. It has a great relevance in particular in the fields of education, cultural mediation and tourism, and gives the opportunity to ensure cultural content attractiveness through the creation of innovative digital cultural services, based on rich and edited contents. Thus, this deliverable tackles the issues of how to exploit ICT narrative potential for cultural heritage mediation projects, how to make Digital storytelling tools efficient for a DCH valorisation and mediation project, how to create connected, multimedia and interactive narratives? It also highlights the Digital storytelling potential for the transmission of knowledge, experience and information sharing.

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January 2014


First release of the Terminology Management Platform

This document, edited by Université de Savoie, describes the activity done in the framework of Task 4.2 Terminology management platform (TMP) in work package 4 on terminologies and semantic enrichment. One of the objectives of WP4 is to provide a web service for online sharing of terminologies and semantic mappings between concepts of different terminologies in order to publish the terminologies as part of the Linked Data Web.It describes the theoretical basis and the technical requirements of the TMP.

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February 2014


Specialist Training material : TMP user manuals and semantic mapping procedures

This deliverable presents the material prepared by WP4 of the AthenaPlus Project for cultural institutions managing multilingual terminologies. Cultural institutions from the GLAM sector need to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Semantic Web principles, the existing standard and supporting technologies. The documentation and the training schedule proposed in this deliverable intends to fill this need. This deliverable provides a detailed introduction to the Semantic Web with a presentation of each of the technologies that are currently available for it. A focus is given to the SKOS format which is the interchange format expected for the cultural institutions’ terminologies. This theoretical introduction is followed by a detailed user manual on the Terminology Management Platform. Each functionality is described in a detailed way so institutions can use the tool as intuitively as possible. The last parts of this deliverable present the dissemination material available  and the aspects that need to be further elaborated to foster the use of the TMP in the future.

PDF, 4443 kb

March 2014


First report on dissemination activities and networking in the European framework

This deliverable, edited by ICCU and SPK, summarises the dissemination and networking activities carried out by the AthenaPlus Consortium in the first eleven months of the project (March 2013-January 2014).

PDF, 2196 kb

March 2014


First release of the AthenaPlus tools

In a nutshell, this deliverable will describe the logical path, starting from the very initial needs over the user requirements identification and finally to the implementation and the release of the first tools of the AthenaPlus project. The most important tools (including the ontology builder and the storyteller) will be presented in Section 8 and all the manuals of the currently available tools will be included to this deliverable. This deliverable describes the first release of the AthenaPlus tools, which follows the D5.1 and D5.2 requirements and the D7.2 recommendations. The cited three deliverables (D5.1, D5.2 and its addendum, and the D7.2) constitute the background of this deliverable (see section 3 and section 9); looking further back in time (see section 4): in 2011, the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MiBACT) published a guideline reference book analysing the state of the art and best practices of digital exhibitions made available on-line and offered a handbook which has been the basis for the first set of tools to be provided within the AthenaPlus project.

PDF,  2100 kb

April 2014


Training materials for supporting the use of the AthenaPlus tools

This concise document presents an overview of the available training materials for using MOVIO as a tool to create virtual exhibitions. As other components of the AthenaPlus creative tools are released, the available materials will be enlarged. This report starts with an overview of the training materials platforms and media (wiki and video), followed by the plans regarding national trainings and making the link with WP6.

The training actions that are set up will kick-off the practical start of the pilot trajectories, to be monitored in WP6. The feedbacks collected from the participants will allow for continuous update and development of both the actual training materials and the software tools in use.

PDF, 921 kb

May 2014


Evaluation framework for the pilots

This deliverable coordinated by ICIMSS prepares the definition of a shared methodology to evaluate and test the creative applications for the (re)use of digital cultural heritage content, focused on: virtual exhibitions, digital storytelling, tourist routes and education referred to as the pilots. It is the first step, with the objective to develop a common method to evaluate the performance of each pilot action prepared in the framework of the WP5. The results of this deliverable will also be used in Task 6.3, which is devoted to user testing. A shared methodology will be implemented by the AthenaPlus partners, during the work devoted to evaluation and testing of the tools and solutions designed and developed by WP5. It will also help to evaluate and test existing shareware and freeware tools, already present on the web or previously developed by the project Partners in a different environment.

PDF, 417 kb

October 2014


Survey and description of existing mapping models to LIDO

As originally envisaged this deliverable was to: collect all the existing ‘mapping models’ to LIDO realised in different frameworks and domains (including that one to EDM). However from the work on research into ‘mapping models’ to be found in Section 4 it became obvious that there are virtually no such models, and certainly not enough to be of general use. In addition the mapping from LIDO to EDM has already been published in deliverable D3.2: Description of the LIDO to EDM mapping, and is in use in projects with MINT instances and also the non-MINT Europeana-Inside project’s ‘dark aggregator’. Therefore it was decided that the deliverable should concentrate on the second part of its description in the project’s DOW: “... recommendations to help AthenaPlus and future Content Providers find their way.” To do this we have created a LIDO implementation methodology aimed at potential and new users of LIDO seeking to employ LIDO in general, however with information relevant for exporting data to Europeana also being included. The basis for the method is advice about what an organisation should be doing to properly manage and catalogue their collection. The point being to make sure that a cultural heritage organisation has its own ‘house in order’ before looking to implement LIDO. In general terms the advice given follows accepted standards and practice for collections management already given in earlier advice, but repeated here. The descriptive cataloguing of material is also already the subject of advice and tools. In the deliverable we use instances of mapping advice from the MIMO, DCA, and Partage Plus project, and combine it with much older advice on cataloguing. The latter was created for the cataloguing of a wide range of cultural heritage items developed by the Museum Documentation Association as part of its work on the standardisation of cataloguing from the late 1970s, but still relevant and used today. Following the methodology, together with any linked resources mentioned, will allow the potential or new implementer of LIDO to successfully export it to their chosen target portals.

PDF, 1440 kb

October 2014


First Issue of the Uncommon Culture Journal

The current issue of Uncommon Culture produced in the context of the AthenaPlus project is one of two scientific peer-reviewed publications that aim at looking into relevant fields of digital cultural heritage. The first AthenaPlus issue of Uncommon Culture deals with the topic of Virtual Exhibitions. The issue is available at the following URL

PDF, 496 kb

February 2015


Second report on dissemination activities and networking in the European framework

This deliverable, edited by ICCU and SPK, summarises the dissemination and networking activities carried out by the AthenaPlus Consortium in the second year of the project.

PDF, 5973 kb

April 2015


Second release of the Terminology Management Platform

This deliverable, edited by UniSav, describe the functionalities of the revisited TMP.

PDF, 1728 kb

+ Updating with Upload functionality

PDF, 1168 kb

May 2015


Report with the assessment of the pilot actions

This document reports on the piloting activities carried out within the framework of the AthenaPlus project for the MOVIO Digital Exhibitions, CityQuest and SchoolTrip creative tools. The pilot actions were guided by a three-phase methodology, inspired by the Living Lab philosophy of involving users in open innovation. The focus of these co-creative actions was to provide a continuous stream of user feedback to the software developer teams, in the shape of comments to fix software issues, recommendations for enhancing the user experience, and suggestions for additional features and functionalities. Phase I was centred on the teams from the partner cultural heritage institutions in AthenaPlus, providing internal issue reports and initial recommendations to fix bugs and improve usability. Phase II involved small groups of end users and professionals in giving feedback, with a series of co-creation actions centred on the AthenaPlus tools. And Phase III implemented a feedback procedure that allows the open source community around the tools to continue to receive inputs from users beyond the end of the AthenaPlus project. After 17 months of piloting trajectory with the three creative tools, more than 300 users were reached with several types of feedback-generating activities. These actions involved a range of socioeconomic profiles, including both end users and cultural heritage, education and tourism professionals. The user feedback obtained was instrumental in improving iteratively the tools, integrating user-contributed inputs into the work of the technical professionals in work package 5, and thus bringing the creative tools closer to the needs and requirements of the communities of users. The final results of these actions showed a high level of interest and user satisfaction with the piloted creative tools, with acceptable to excellent results in all relevant user experience metrics and indicators that were generated with data from the 16 models of unique questionnaires that were used in the pilots. Likewise, qualitative data coming from piloting event reports, evaluation workshops, outdoors user tests and other co-creative activities also confirmed these results.

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July 2015


Report Report describing the pilot on storytelling
The Urban Explore pilot is an original digital device to create and manage mobile apps as touristic and cultural digital guide in the context of collective or solo visits. The pilot enables experimenting digital storytelling of cultural and heritage contents for mobile uses. It was developed by Dédale, as one of the creative tools of the AthenaPlus project.
As a complement to a speaker story (heritage expert, historian, city planner, art professional), the mobile app offers an access to the audio-visual history / memory of a place, in an original and emotional way.
Urban Explore is a mobile storytelling pilot. It is developed within a specific CMS, enabling to generate a mobile application on IPad. The Urban Explore application is also available in a web version for access to additional features and content. The
web version is a transposition of the mobile application on the web.

PDF, 90850 kb

August 2015


Report describing the communities of users
This deliverable, coordinated by i2cat, describes the full set of AthenaPlus creative tools pilots, created by the communities of users involved on the pilots. The deliverable includes as well the most important requirements identified by the target groups, extracted from the interaction between the users and tools made available through AthenaPlus.
The contents of this document are structured in two main sections. First, section four includes a detailed description of the set of AthenaPlus pilots with MOVIO Digital Exhibitions, CityQuest, SchoolTrip, and the eCultureMap 2.0. The pilot with Dédale’s Urban Explore creative tool is not included in this document, as it has already been covered in D6.2. Some basic information is provided for each pilot produced by the community of users, plus a brief abstract and a few screenshots. For the second half of the document, section five provides a depiction of the most relevant requirements uncovered by the piloting activities and implemented in the creative tools. In this sense, this section constitutes an exposition of the value that the interaction with the communities of users has added to the creative tools, by detailing the many specific software functionalities, design elements, usability improvements, and assorted desiderata, that have been added to enrich the creative tools between the first and the final releases. These are not explained from a software development perspective, as the imagined behaviour of an archetypal user, but rather as needs, wishes and desires contributed by the communities of users themselves.

PDF, 13182

October 2015


AthenaPlus publications
This Deliverable coordinated by SPK (Germany) presents the AthenaPlus publications issued in the lifetime of the project. The three booklets were produced within the frame of WP7 in cooperation with WP1 in order to disseminate the outcomes achieved by different work packages to a wider public. The AthenaPlus publications extend the series of publications produced during the ATHENA and Linked Heritage projects.

PDF, 408 kb

October 2015


Final report on the platform for metadata aggregation and delivery to Europeana
The main objective of this deliverable is the presentation of the platform for metadata aggregation and delivery to Europeana as this has been evolved within the AthenaPlus project.

PDF,  1762 kb

October 2015


Revision of the AthenaPlus tools
This deliverable reports on the final version of the AthenaPlus tools: the pilots feedbacks and suggestions have been used to refine the tools, their functionalities and the availability of more semantic resources coming from partner’s work in other work packages. As such we reviewed and improved the tools, and implemented them in an open source framework. At the end of the AthenaPlus project, we are able to present the maturity of five different tools for digital cultural heritage re-use.

PDF, 4695 kb

October 2015


Linking of metadata to external data sources

The main objective of this deliverable is to present the approach taken by the AthenaPlus project to encourage activities and support partners in the provision of semantically richer metadata to the cultural heritage community, and particularly Europeana, by linking the metadata to external data sources.

PDF, 758 kb

October 2015


Second Issue of the Uncommon Culture Journal

Vol. 6, no. 2 (12) (2015): Creative digital

Online version

The second AthenaPlus issue of the “Uncommon Culture” journal is dedicated to the topic “Creative Digital” and summarizes the results and outcomes of the international AthenaPlus conference “The reuse of digital cultural content in education, tourism and leisure: an opportunity for cultural institutions and creative industries, an investment for the future”. This issue of the “Uncommon Culture” journal gave cultural institutions from all over Europe the opportunity to share their ideas on how digital cultural heritage can be utilized in enriching and enhancing education, learning, and tourism. What is more, the second AthenaPlus issue of Uncommon Culture also focusses on the reuse and discoverability of the digital cultural heritage and presents good practices in the fields of education, edutainment and tourism. Representatives of Institutions involved in European projects (Europeana Creative, LoCloud, Europeana Food and Drink) and creative industries contributed articles, reports and interviews to the journal that further enrich the scope of texts on creative use and reuse of digital content. The second AthenaPlus issue of the “Uncommon Culture” journal also features country reports by authors from Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Spain who inform about developments in the field of use and reuse of digital cultural content, and present promising projects and tools put forward in their country. Conference reports and a book review further enrich the issue on “Creative Digital”.

PDF, 566 kb

October 2015


Evaluation of the pilot sessions and second release of GLAM sector reference terminologies

This deliverable reports on two tasks described in WP4 related to the Terminology Management Platform (TMP): the organisation of training sessions and the collection of vocabularies from the GLAM-sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums). It reports on the organised pilot sessions meant to refine the functionalities and user friendliness of the semantic mapping tool for terminologies. A detailed overview of the questions asked to the system reviewers, their remarks and recommendations, and the eventual changes made to the TMP are included in this report. The deliverable also includes the second release of the public terminology resource report (2nd release), presenting and updated overview of the analysis of GLAM terminologies and a detailed overview of the terminologies gathered in the registry of terminologies.

PDF, 522 kb

October 2015


Final report on dissemination activities and networking in the European framework

This deliverable, authored by ICCU and SPK, summarises the dissemination and networking activities carried out by the AthenaPlus consortium in the last nine months of the project (February 2015 - October 2015). This deliverable also provides an overview of the all dissemination activities carried out in the 32 months of the project. This overview shows that the project delivered and often exceeded its dissemination targets and milestones.

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October 2015


Manual of good practices, how to implement the pilots

This deliverable outlines benefits of running the pilots and presents the metodology and summative report on the pilots. It has been published in order to support the memory institutions interested in offering new innovative services to their own users, and in attracting new end-users.

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October 2015


TMP2 Sofware

The main goal of this deliverable is to present the architecture of the TMP2 Software as well as the technical options taken for the implementation of the TMP2.

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November 2015


Semantic Metadata Enrichment

This document describes the activity done in the framework of the Work Package 4 on terminologies and semantic enrichment. It is a report on the works done using the 2 platforms, TP2 and MINT, carried out during the AthenaPlus project. It includes a report on the number of published and connected terminologies as part of the Linked Open Data web as well as some recommendations on how to improve terminology management.

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In this section you may find a list of documents edited within AthenaPlus or to which AthenaPlus contributed.

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October 2014

DIGITAL CULTURAL HERITAGE AND TOURISM Recommendations for cultural institutions, version 1.0, 2 October 2014

The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in cooperation with the AthenaPlus Consortium, in the occasion of the International Conference "The reuse of digital cultural content in education, tourism and leisure: an opportunity for cultural institutions and creative industries, an investment for the future", held in Rome, last 2 October 2014, presented a set of recommendations addressed to the cultural institutions that aim to promote their heritage and tourism offer through the use of technology and digital means, thus giving tourism a boost.

English (ENG, 1254 kb)

Italian (PDF, 1210 kb)

October 2014

Guidelines for organising sessions with users in the AthenaPlus pilots

Innovation is a very important asset for organisations. However, innovation driven only by technological push has a market risk. Companies may find themselves in a situation where they have a promising engineered innovation in their hands while users will ignore it, because it was designed and marketed out of the user experience. Hence, it is essential to reach out to external stakeholders, and organise actions in which we can hear their opinions and suggestions. One proven and tested way to solve the gap between technology and society is to involve the prospective users into the process of developing these innovations. The involvement of users on innovation research ensures that the products and services have not only a “user touch” but also a user point of view and the user experiences included. Including users as participants, co-creators, co-designers, first usability evaluators and other roles on the innovation projects diminishes the risk of project failure and increases the probabilities of a successful technology. To this end, the purpose of this document is to provide pilot partners with a set of recommendations to assist them in organizing sessions in which the external users’ feedback, both professionals and prospective visitors, can be generated and collected.

English (PDF, 282 kb)