2014-11-20 New eGuide introduced in german museum and national park

Discover the NATUREUM and the Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft by iPod – the individual tour guide!

Developed as part of the EU project BalticMuseums2.0 PLUS, the new multimedia guide enriches the visitors indiviual tour of the exhibitions of the NATUREUM, a branch of the German Oceanographic Museum , with exciting stories and additional information. This multimedia tour provides 19 parts in German, Polish and English and takes approximately 35 minutes.

Unique to this development of the eGuide project is the cooperation between the rpoject partners of the German Oceanographic Museum and the National Park Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft. As the NATUREUM is located within the National Park, the idea came up to provide visitors with an eGuide both for the museum and for the National Park. The tour for National Park is offered in German and English - with information at 6 points and a total multi-media time of about 28 minutes.

Thus, the two new tours complement the existing tour in the Nautineum, another branch of the German Oceanographic Museum that had introduced an eGuide already earlier.

The eGuide was developed as part of the international project BalticMuseums2.0 PLUS. Since 2008, the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund (lead partner) and the German Maritime Museum have cooperated with the University of Szczecin (Poland), the NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium (Poland), the Lithuanian Sea Museum and the Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad (Russia) in the EU projects "BalticMuseums 2.0" and "BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus", since 2014 as well with the Swedish Naval Museum, Karlskrona. The projects are part-financed by the European Union in the South Baltic Programme with about one million Euros each. The focus is on the joint development of multilingual IT-based services for visitors of the oceanographic museums.

2014-11-04 BalticMuseums Newsletter 1/2014 published

The topics in this issue are:
- BalticMuseums in Brussels
- Reports about the EMSEA Conference and the 7th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum
- Successful eGuide labs and public activities of the project
- SPECIAL: Future cooperation ideas: On page four, the BalticMuseums team describes its intentions for the future. We would like to encourage you to contact us with your cooperation ideas, questions and experiences. Join the crew!

Enjoy the reading!

Newsletter 1/2014

2014-10-15 BalticMuseums at the EMSEA Conference in Sweden


Being part of the EMSEA Conference was an honour for the BalticMuseums team. Representatives from the NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium, Grazyna Niedoszytko and Weronika Podlesinska, were invited for giving a presentation at this years EMEA conference, held from 1 to 3 October 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Under the title “From prawns to the iPods – education in the NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium“ the team presented the results from the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project to the international audience of marine education institutions from all over the world. At the meeting about 130 scientists and educators were present, mostly from European countries, but also from USA, Canada, Brazil, Gambia and the Maldives.

EMSEA (the European Marine Science Educators Association) is a global network bringing together representatives of scientific and educational institutions whose aim is the realization of the 'ocean literacy' assumptions. OCEAN LITERACY, which is a keyword of the conference, is understood by the association members as the bidirectional relationship between man and the sea. This year’s EMSEA conference was held by University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

The BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project was presented by Grazyna Niedoszytko on the second day of the conference. The BalticMueums project partners were described as a variety of characters, abilities and professions with a huge potential for the future successful cooperation. In the background of all educational projects, BalticMuseums fruits are innovative and technologically advanced. Many of the participants were vividly interested in the developed eGuide and expressed a wish for a future cooperation. Many of the scientists emphasised that they lack the tools, abilities and audience to transfer their findings to society and there is a great need to join scientific and educational institutions to improve ocean literacy and develop new methods of knowledge dissemination.


2014-10-09 Smart tourism development brochure published

The BalticMuseums project is part of the latest South Baltic brochure on smart tourism development. With the target of "Building partnerships for attractive destinations" selected projects in the South Baltic Region are presented, who have contributed to this target in the recent years. The BalticMuseums team shares its results both about the mutli-lingual eGuide of oceanographic museums and the cross-border online platform. Museum employees and private users of the developed products provide their statement.

Statements about the Multi-lingual eGuide with cross-border shared content for oceanographic museums:

Olga Zaliene
Director of the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipeda
"Sharing both multimedia contents and translation efforts, and most crucially experience and expertise with our partners from Poland, Germany and Russia is the reason why today we are the first museum in Lithuania equipped with eGuides. Providing six different languages, we have now a much better service for international visitors, who with 60% constitute the majority of our guests."

Daina Siauciulyte
Museum visitor from Vilnius
"Using an eGuide to explore a museum – what a new and mind-expand- ing experience! I could select the tour according to my own interests and receive additional information about my favourite topics. The convenience of an individual tour at my own pace, accompanied at the same time with lots of facts and materials, has fascinated me. I will definitely visit the part- ner museums in Poland, Germany and Russia as well. There is so much more to explore!"

Statements about the Cross-border online platform for oceanographic museums:

Grażyna Niedoszytko
Education specialist from NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium
"With the joint online platform developed by the BalticMuseums’ cross-border team, we can offer our visitors information in six different languages. The cross-border expertise, creativity and resources helped everybody to design new appealing offers, and attract new visitors. Yearly, we welcome now about 350.000 guests to our aquarium, not only from Poland but from many neighbouring countries as well."

Barbara Kriese
Museum explorer from Rostock
"I always prepare my holiday trips by extensive research on the Internet. At www.balticmuseums.net, I have found useful information about oceano- graphic museums in Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Russia in my own language. I was particularly impressed by the virtual galleries, allowing me to explore the exhibitions online. I definitely felt attracted. I guess that this is a very effective way of drawing one’s attention to certain destinations."

Download the brochure here.

2014-10-06 Project as best-practice at Baltic Sea Tourism Forum

1 and 2 October 2014, the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project participated in the Baltic Sea Tourism Forum in Karlskrona. About 120 delegates from tourism organisations, businesses and institutions discussed about the challenges of this important sector in the Baltic Sea Region and how to jointly address these. With an own booth, the project team connected with a lot of tourism stakeholders in the region. The BalticMuseums team was especially proud to be named as a best practice project by Ms Sylvia Bretschneider, President of the Landtag Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and President of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC): “I welcome the objective to identify innovative approaches and best practices to better link and market tourism offers between our countries. Our common cultural heritage is one example of how this can be done. And cultural tourism is one of the themes this Forum will focus on in the next few years to come. The sector is an important catalyst for innovation in other areas, for instance in tourism. One such example is the EU project “Baltic Museums 2.0 plus”, which was introduced in the European Parliament in March this year. Under the leadership of the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, project partners from Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Germany have developed multi-lingual electronic museum guides, which allow an interaction with other visitors. These examples show how transnational cooperation can work and how a focus on those elements, that bind us together, can contribute to our economic development, including in the field of tourism. Therefore, I support the Forum’s new orientation towards cultural tourism. This is also in the interest of the BSPC. ”

The team will take this feedback as an additional incentive to continue the successful cooperation and the strive for tangible and relevant cross-border results.

Photo: Sylvia Bretschneider during her speech at the 7th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum

2014-09-09 Shark week in Gdynia Aquarium


BalticMuseums partner, NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium, invites visitors to the Shark Week. From 20 till 28 September 2014, visitors will find extra information in the aquarium about sharks. Special QR codes hide additional information about the different shark species presented in the aquarium. On the weekends the team will organise extra quizzes and renting of the eGuides, developed within the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project, will be for free.

The shark week in Gdynia will take place in the framework of the South Baltic Blue & Green Days around the European Cooperation Day.
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2014-08-29 eGuide Lab in Gdynia

The team from NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium in Poland invited professionals from different museums, institutes and tourism stakeholders to a specialist meeting for edutainment with eGuides, the so-called „eGuide Lab“ on 29 August 2014. Grażyna Niedoszytko and Weronika Podlesińska explained their strategy for introducing eGuides in the museum and shared their experiences made during the cooperation with the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project. The experts from NMFRI Gdynia Aquarium have made special efforts for a tailor-made application addressing children, that were demonstrated to the participants. Project partners from Szczecin University additionally presented the Data Sharing Tools of the project, ensuring an efficient use of content.

The participants of this eGuide Lab were delegates from: Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Centrum Hewelianum (science centre in Gdańsk), Centrum Experyment (science center in Gdynia), Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk, The Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdańsk, City Culture Institute from Gdańsk, Gdynia City Museum, Department of Tourism Marshal's office, Szczecin University, and from the Joint Technical Secretariat of the South Baltic Cooperation Programme, funding the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project. All eGuide Lab participants were impressed by the eGuide, asked to send the manual on a guide for children and hope to have further deeper cooperation.

2014-08-04 Interactive BalticMuseums posters in Gdansk

From 4th August 2014 at the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project presents a unique exhibition at the central railway station of Gdansk: Gdańsk Główny (Poland). The Gdynia Aquarium NMFRI prepared this poster promotion presenting animals inhabiting aquatic environments. Thanks to QR codes you will be able to see the videos of the presented animals and listen to the speakers telling stories about these organisms on your mobile phone.

The location of the exhibition is not accidental. Exposure at this point was chosen on purpose by the Gdynia Aquarium and the Railway Station: on the one hand, it is a way to spend time while waiting for the train and on the other hand, the travellers acquire knowledge from the natural world.

The exhibition is part of the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus project, which helped to introduce eGuides in the Gdynia Aquarium. These electronic guides introduce the Aquarium underwater world to the museum visitors with the help of the voice of Krystyna Czubówny and other lectors.

After twenty days stay in Gdansk, the exhibition will move on to the Gdynia Główna Railway Station.

2014-07-01 eGuide Lab in Lithuania

On 27 June, the Lithuanian Sea Museum invited stakeholders to the eGuide Lab, an event to disseminate experiences, knowledge and results gained during the project BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus. Over 20 participants joined the project team to learn about the concept of an electronic guidance system (eGuide), about practical issues regarding content and handling, but also about technical challenges. The team presented as well measurements and feedback from visitors upon introducing this new guidance system. Technical solutions to share the content efficiently amongs several (international) partners were demonstrated by Szczecin University.

View the full programme here

2014-06-25 Panoramic galleries presented in Poland

Agnieszka Miluniec, IT expert from Szezcin University, gave a presentation about the panoramic galleries that were developed for the BalticMuseums 2.0 project. The Polish Information Processing Society had organised two contests around Informaiton Technolgoy for primary and secondary school pupils and invited the BalticMuseums representative to speak to the laureates of these two contests on 17 June 2014. The pupils were very interested in this outcome of the European project that allows people to take a virtual tour through oceanographic museums along the South Baltic coast.

Photo: Agnieszka Miluniec at IT event

2014-06-08 World Ocean Day with eGuide in Lithuania

The Lithuanian Sea Museum has been joining the World Ocean Network to celebrate the World Ocean Day on 8 June since 2003. The overall aim of the project – to encourage people to start taking action to protect our ocean - for present and future generations. „For the future of the Blue Planet, together we can make a difference” – says the motto of the network. Visitors attending the Lithuanian Sea Museum on the World Ocean Day were invited to join the action and create installations reflecting their attitude to the ocean. The eGuide – the outstanding result of the EU project Baltic Museums 2.0 Plus – served as a background resource searching for the information about the Baltic Sea, its nature and ecology. “Employing eGuide as a personal device we could reach a visitor individually thus winning personal involvement of the participant. Small steps can lead to large environmental benefits, - says Olga Zaliene, director of the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

by Nika Puteikiene, Head of Public Relations, LSM

2014-05-23 Project meeting in Marianowo

From 21 to 23 May, the "BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus" - team worked on actual topics of the project at the creative atmosphere of the village Marianowo in Poland. The starting project extension with eGuide labs at all museum locations, specific trainings for the new partner in Karlskrona and the involvement of Associated Partners were part of the discussion, next to dissemination activities and administrative topics. A special focus was on a creative workshop for future ideas of information and communication challenges and tools in the oceanographic museums. The discussion proofed once again the similarity of challenges in the different countries and revealed the great potential of solving them together. A great THANKS to the team from Szczecin University, first and foremost to Agniezska Miluniec, for the great organisation of the project meeting!

2014-05-20 Conference "BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus" shows multimedia potential in museums

The dissemination conference of the "BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus" project discussed multimedia resource management and educational technology developments in museums. Over 50 participants followed the presentations by project representatives from Germany, Poland and Lithuania at the meeting hosted at Szczecin University. Vice Dean Prof Tomasz Bernat opened the conference, emphasizing the impact of international cooperation to exchange knowledge and expand contacts as a basis for new project ideas. Prof. Dr. Michael Klotz from Stralsund University of Applied Sciences in Germany showed the impact of the project "BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus" on growth and development in the region, discussing his experiences as project leader for this international cooperation which is part-financed under the South Baltic Programme of the EU. To make a project successful, he considers a promising vision, enthusiastic people and a solid funding vital. The main achievement of the project, next to the introduction of eguide for the museum partners and a related data management system, Mr Klotz showed the impact on innovation, skills, growth and added value, like the creation of attractive jobs, spin-offs and a reliable network as a catalyst for further innovation. Prof Jakub Swacha from Szczecin University presented the developed Digital Asset Management System for the project, that is based on the open-source software Resource Space that was to a large extend individually adapted for the specific purpose of international museum interaction. His colleague Karolina Muszyńska explained the evaluation tool that was set up by Szczecin University to evaluate the visitors experience with the newly introduced eguides. The deployment of eGuides from an educational perspective was presented by Andra Lukošienė from the Lithuanian Sea Museum, explaining their eguide concept based on 6 languages and a strong focus on educational lessons inhouse but also at schools and kindergardens. eGuides for kids where also in focus of the presentation by Grażyna Niedoszytko at Gdynia Aquarium, Poland, who explained the aquariums specific concept of story telling and involvement of children for a kids eguide tour. The conference ended with a broadened view on international cooperation, by a speech of Mr Fabiano, a Szczecin based Brazilian, who showed his view on cooperation possibilities between Europe and Brazil.

2014-05-07 BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus Conference in Szczecin

On 20th May 2014, the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus Conference is taking place at the University of Szczecin. Under the headline “Advancing museum education by IT systems” the project team members present their experiences during the project cooperation of BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus, a project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the past three years. Dedicated to introducing electronic visitor guidance systems in oceanographic museums, the project team has gained valuable insights in how to make use of IT systems for enhanced museum education and edutainment. Experts from Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Germany will discuss their findings. The conference is open to the public. Conference language is English.

20 May 2014 BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus Conference – “Advancing museum education by IT systems”

University of Szczecin, Faculty of Economics and Management, ul. Mickiewicza 64.

12:00 – 04:00 p.m.


1. Welcome by the Dean of the University of Szczecin

2. From concept to concrete results: project collaboration for growth and development: Prof. Dr. Michael Klotz (Stralsund University of Applied Sciences)

3. University of Szczecin : presentation of BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus products

4. Deployment of eGuides from an educational perspective: Olga Zaliene (Lithuanian Sea Museum, Lithuania)

5. eGuides for kids - our most important stakeholders: Grażyna Niedoszytko (Gdynia Aquarium, Poland)

6. Project effects for an associated partner – Kaliningrad perspective: Elizaveta Velmiakina (Museum of the World Ocean, Russia)

7. Europe and Brazil: Far but close – cooperation possibilities : Mr. Fabiano

8. Discussion

The conference is open to the public. Conference language is English.

2014-04-29 Project presented at Open Day

On April 26, Stralsund University of Applied Sciences invited pupils and other interested stakeholders to its venues for an Open Day. The future students could have a look at study halls and labs and get an impression of how varied and interesting studying at this University can be like. One special aspect of the university is the creation of opportunities for practical application of the gained theoretical knowledge. In this framework, the BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus team presented its project to the pupils, having allowed many students to gain international experience during their studies. Both local students but also exchange students have worked for the project since its start in 2008, some of them even continued after their graduation as scientific workers for the project.
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