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meSch - Material Encounters with digital Cultural Heritage

MeSch, Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage, has the goal of designing, developing and deploying tools for the creation of tangible interactive experiences that connect the physical dimension of museums and exhibitions with relevant digital cross-media information in novel ways.

A wealth of digital cultural heritage is currently available in on-line repositories and digital archives. It is however accessed only in a limited way and utilised through rather static modes of delivery. meSch will bridge the gap between visitors’ cultural heritage experience on-site and on-line by providing a platform for the creation of tangible smart exhibits. This platform will enable curators, artists, designers and cultural heritage professionals in general to create smart objects and intelligent spaces and to compose digital content to be embedded in smart objects and spaces without the need for specialised technical knowledge. Smart objects (like a magnifying glass or a replica) are enriched with digital technology while intelligent spaces embed sensors: both react to people, spaces and smart objects. A bespoke application will adapt the content and the behaviour of the object or space to visitors, their social context and the environment.

The meSch approach is grounded on principles of co-design: the participation of designers, developers and stake-holders into the process of creation and evaluation as equal partners, and on a Do-It-Yourself philosophy of making and experimenting. Three large-scale case studies in different museums provide test beds for the real-world evaluation of meSch technology with the public and cultural heritage stakeholders.

Project Partners

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Limerick
  • Waag Society
  • University of Strathclyde
  • eCTRL Solucations
  • DEN Foundation
  • University Carlos III Madrid
  • Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
  • University of Amsterdam / Allard Pierson Museum
  • Museon
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Publications

2016

An IoT Infrastructure for Ubiquitous Notifications in Intelligent Living Environments
Kubitza, Thomas; Voit, Alexandra; Weber, Dominik: An IoT Infrastructure for Ubiquitous Notifications in Intelligent Living Environments. In: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: Adjunct, S. 1536--1541, 2016.
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2014

Using Eye-Tracking to Support Interaction with Layered 3D Interfaces on Stereoscopic Displays
Alt, Florian; Schneegaß, Stefan; Auda, Jonas; Rzayev, Rufat; Broy, Nora: Using Eye-Tracking to Support Interaction with Layered 3D Interfaces on Stereoscopic Displays. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2014.
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FrameBox and MirrorBox: Tools and Guidelines to Support Designers in Prototyping Interfaces for 3D Displays
Broy, Nora; Schneegaß, Stefan; Alt, Florian; Schmidt, Albrecht: FrameBox and MirrorBox: Tools and Guidelines to Support Designers in Prototyping Interfaces for 3D Displays. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2014.
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Let me catch this! Experiencing Interactive 3D Cinema through Collecting Content with a Mobile Phone
Häkkilä, Jonna; Posti, Maaret; Schneegaß, Stefan; Alt, Florian; Gultekin, Kunter; Schmidt, Albrecht: Let me catch this! Experiencing Interactive 3D Cinema through Collecting Content with a Mobile Phone. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2014.
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Parallel Exhibits: Combining Physical and Virtual Exhibits
Lischke, Lars; Dingler, Tilman; Schneegaß, Stefan; van der Vaart, Merel; Woźniak, Paweł W.; Schmidt, Albrecht: Parallel Exhibits: Combining Physical and Virtual Exhibits. In: Proceedings of NODEM 2014, S. 149-156, 2014.
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Midair Displays: Exploring the Concept of Free-Floating Pervasive Displays
Schneegaß, Stefan; Alt, Florian; Scheible, Jürgen; Schmidt, Albrecht: Midair Displays: Exploring the Concept of Free-Floating Pervasive Displays. In: Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, S. 27-31, 2014.
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SenScreen – A Toolkit for Supporting Sensor-enabled Multi-Display Networks
Schneegaß, Stefan; Alt, Florian: SenScreen – A Toolkit for Supporting Sensor-enabled Multi-Display Networks. In: Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, S. 92-97, 2014.
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Physical Affordances of Check-in Stations for Museum Exhibits
Dingler, Tilman; Steeb, Benjamin; Schneegaß, Stefan: Physical Affordances of Check-in Stations for Museum Exhibits. In: Postersession at the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 2014.
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User Defined Exhibitions – Exploring Possibilities to Involve Visitors in the Design of Museum Exhibitions
Lischke, Lars; Schneegaß, Stefan; Dingler, Tilman; Schmidt, Albrecht: User Defined Exhibitions – Exploring Possibilities to Involve Visitors in the Design of Museum Exhibitions. In: Postersession at the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 2014.
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Midair Displays: Exploring the Concept of Free-Floating Public Displays
Schneegaß, Stefan; Alt, Florian; Scheible, Jürgen; Schmidt, Albrecht; Su, Heifeng: Midair Displays: Exploring the Concept of Free-Floating Public Displays. In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Noch nicht erschienen).
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Exploring Exhibits: Interactive Methods for Enriching Cultural Heritage Items
Schneegaß, Stefan; Knittel, Johannes; Rau, Benjamin; Abdelrahman, Yomna: Exploring Exhibits: Interactive Methods for Enriching Cultural Heritage Items. In: Postersession at the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 2014.
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NatCut: An Interactive Tangible Editor for Physical Object Fabrication
Schneegaß, Stefan; Sahami, Alireza; Döring, Tanja; Schmid, David; Schmidt, Albrecht: NatCut: An Interactive Tangible Editor for Physical Object Fabrication. In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Noch nicht erschienen).
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2013

Ingredients for a New Wave of Ubicomp Products
Kubitza, Thomas; Pohl, Norman; Dingler, Tilman; Schneegaß, Stefan; Weichel, Christian; Schmidt, Albrecht: Ingredients for a New Wave of Ubicomp Products. In: Pervasive Computing: Ausgabe 12, Nr. 3 (2013), S. 5-8.
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