Duration: 01/2008 – 02/2010
Coordinators: APPRISE, ELIKO
Funding: Research and Development project sponsored under the Europeans Commission’s 7th Framework (FP7-216923)


SMARTMUSEUM is a Research and Development project sponsored by the European Commission’s 7th Framework (FP7-216923). The Consortium is composed of European institutions that represent areas of Museums, Universities and Enterprises.

The overall objective of the project is to develop a platform that will employ innovative services to enhance on-site personalized access to digital cultural heritage through adaptive and secure user profiling.

Using on-site knowledge databases, global digital libraries and visitors’ experiential knowledge, the platform makes possible the creation of innovative multilingual services for increasing interaction between visitors and cultural heritage objects in a future smart museum environment, taking full benefit of digitized cultural information.

The key feature of the SMARTMUSEUM recommendation system is the knowledge-based recommendation engine. The recommendation engine is able to rank the objects based on their semantic relevance with respect to the user’s interest profile and/or context profile.

The system relies on fully distributed storage and widely varying structure of object information (picture author, basic description, context, audio clips, etc.) allowing museums to store data in various ways and on various servers.

In order to fulfill the project requirements, the Museo Galileo has participated in defining the ontological standard and has provided more than 75,000 annotations related to 1,000 items, implying a semi-automatic mapping of existing data and manual addition of new external references (Getty and GUMO), as well as the development of an automatic extractor driven by an XML file containing parameters on what and how to extract. Data produced by IMSS is directly importable in the SMARTMUSEUM system.­ In terms of dissemination and exploitation IMSS has participated in conferences at the national level and produced joint publications with SM partners.