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  • Natural Europe combines inquiry-based model with cultural content from museums of Natural History provide educational pathways within the museums. Additionally it makes them available through web 2.0 tools and under open licenses for them to be reused from stakeholders around the world. Overall, Natural Europe is also following the developments of similar projects that work in the same thematic areas such as OpenUp!, BHL Europe, etc. 15/11/11
  • Natural Europe’s vision is to place museum visitors in the centre of an exhibition that is both physical & virtual, meaning that it can be accessed from distance as well with the use of technology, supporting services that allow for learning and cultural content distribution. This content will be used by museum visitors and educators to provide personalized educational experiences through the notion of a learning pathway. Combining all the aforementioned approaches, we aim at bringing forward a change in the way museum education is conducted worldwide. 15/11/11
  • The Natural Europe architecture is comprised from two main components, namely the Natural Europe Education Federation and the Natural Europe Cultural Federation. The Educational part of the architecture contains that repositories that store learning pathways created from museum educators, teachers and the public and the learning resources that are used within these pathways (described with IEEE LOM metadata). This repository is connected (through OAI-PMH) with external repositories with content that can be used in Natural Europe pathways (LRE for schools, Organic.Edunet, ARIADNE, Europeana). It is also connected to a Pathway Template repository which will contain templates for pathways. Access to all the educational content will be given (providing a faceted search mechanism) through the Educational Faceted Search interface (upper right). On top of that, each museum website will be enhanced with a Pathway Player – a specific installation in each NHM website – that will allow visitors to open pathways and study them, directly the museums’ websites. The Natural Europe Cultural Federation contains a repository providing access to cultural heritage objects coming from the Natural History Museums of the project. Each museum partner has his own instance of the tool (bottom – middle) where all the cultural content of the museum is stored. This content is exposed to Europeana through OAI-PMH but also to the Natural Europe Federation in general so that parts of the content can be used through the Pathway Tool in creating Learning Pathways. Finally, the project will set up a couple of interactive exhibits in museums participating in the project that will take advantage of the deployed pathways and the cultural content of the museums to offer a novel way of navigating through the museums’ exhibition (upper right). 15/11/11
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  • Natural Europe Technology Enhanced Education for European Cultural Institutions EVA/MINERVA 2011 8th Jerusalem Conference on the Digitization of Cultural Heritage Dr. Xenophon Tsilibaris Greek Research & Technology Network
    • Culture used to support education
  • Europeana
    • How to connect digitized collections with their technology-mediated educational applications?
  • What? Why? Who? When? Where? For whom?
  • Natural Europe
    • Natural History & Environmental Cultural Heritage in European Digital Libraries for Education
    • www.natural-europe.eu
    • Funded under: CIP-ICT-PSP.2009.2.5
      • Use of cultural heritage material for education
      • Budget: 4.700.000
  • Introduction (1/3)
    • Natural history and environmental education present a bigger potential than we currently take advantage of
      • European Digital Libraries can support that
    • Abundance of high quality digital content available in Natural History Museums (NHMs) around Europe
  • Introduction (2/3)
    • Natural Europe:
      • Builds on informal learning taking place in science centers and museums
      • Investigates the pedagogic aspects of the application of innovative metadata techniques, to create a pedagogical framework that recognizes the diversity of personal learning styles
  • Introduction (3/3)
    • Natural Europe:
      • Develops Educational Pathways Patterns to model the field trip experiences of the different user groups
      • Enriches digitised natural history digital objects which are currently dispersed in European museums, with well-defined semantic metadata
      • Produces a set of customizable learning-oriented discovery services offered online
  • Project objectives (1/8)
    • Connect the digital collections of European Natural History Museums with Europeana
      • Through interoperable systems and metadata
  • Project objectives (2/8)
    • Study educational methods and deploy tools that allow educators to design innovative online pathways through the digital collections of Natural History Museums
  • Project objectives (3/8)
    • Facilitate search & retrieval from Europeana of digital objects related to:
      • Educational profiles, objectives and curricula on Natural History, Environmental Education & Biological Sciences
  • Project objectives (4/8)
    • Facilitate existing educational search software to interface with the Europeana digital library
  • Project objectives (5/8)
    • Design & deploy novel graphical interfaces to facilitate navigation of educational pathways within digital collections
      • From Europeana and Museum’s Web sites
  • Project objectives (6/8)
    • Evaluate & validate the delivered services/solutions through extensive pilot trials with project-internal and external organisations and user groups
  • Project objectives (7/8)
    • Adapt and test innovative interactive installations at the Natural History Museums to allow visitors follow educational pathways through Europeana’s content on Natural History and Sciences, as part of the Museums’ exhibition
  • Project objectives (8/8) 34 35 6 400.000 35 20 4.000 16.000 400.000 16.000 2 30
  • Consortium
  • Consortium overview
    • Content stakeholders representation
      • 8 partners contributing content (53%)
    • State-of-art technology reused/adapted
      • 2 partners provide technology (13%)
    • Expert pedagogical design
      • 2 partners serving as educational experts (13%)
    • Users representation
      • 8 partners serving as user organisations (53%)
  • Vision
  • Questions
  • Working groups
  • Outcomes
  • Natural Europe Federation
  • Organizing Collections
  • Multimedia Annotation Tool
  • Developing Educational Pathways over Collections
  • Pathway Authoring Tool Homepage
  • Work with pathways
  • Pathway Sections Metadata Add pathway
  • Add cultural content
  • Connect with educational context
  • Navigating in Pathways Allosaurus: one dinosaur, two continents? & Botanic Garden: A tour through the world of plants
  • Allosaurus
  • Botanic Garden
  • Morning Session II
    • After the end of this session, follow: “ Application of Content of Libraries, Archives & Museums in Education ”
    • @11.00 in the Upper Conference Hall
  • Summer/Winter Schools
  • Curators’ Summer School
    • Location: Chania, Greece
    • Date: May-June 2011
    • Participants: 15 curators
    • Working with Natural Europe Collection Management Tools and analyzing curation workflows
  • Join us!
  • www.natural-europe.eu
  • Thank you! Questions? EVA/MINERVA 2011 8th Jerusalem Conference on the Digitization of Cultural Heritage Dr. Xenophon Tsilibaris Greek Research & Technology Network