2011-02-16 German Advisory Board met in Stralsund


The second advisory board meeting was held in Stralsund 14 Feb 2011. Professor Klotz presented the progress of the project during the last year. But not only project activities were in focus but also gained insights and trends in eGuide applications. The importance of considering longterm maintenance costs for an eGuide system next to initial investments was stressed by the project leader. Smartphones, Social Media, Location Based Services and developments in Augmented Reality techniques offer great opportunities for electronic guides in museums, for education, exhibition and commercial purposes.

Steffen Ritschel, project manager for BalticMuseums 2.0, explained the new development of the fish identifier, an online tool to enable non-specialists to identify species. The idea and the content was developed by Dr. Timo Moritz (German Oceanographic Museum). The technical realization was done by the Stralsund Information Management Team (SIMAT). The systematic of the database behind this application can be easily adapted to other areas like plants or birds. "This tool as great potential for the use in websites, in eGuides or directly in the exposition", confirms Thomas Kohler, manager of the Müritzeum and advisory board member. Furthermore Professor Klotz reported on the availability of the Online Information Platform in Chinese, emphasizing the intention to extend this co-operation with the University of Shanghai. Two chinese exchange students have helped the project with this extended translation work. China has since then advanced to the second largest origin of visitors of the project website.

Christina Wegner, scientific worker in the project, presented the status of the eGuide prototype. The speciality is the combination of indoor and outdoor applications by combining dynamic (GPS) and static (RFID) navigation. Next to technical considerations and tests of devices a focus was set on the development of content. Comparative research was conducted to compare text-to-speech, inhouse sound solutions and professional speakers. Also potential commercial solutions to integrate local companies like cafés were tested. "System software needs to be ready for a long-term use", is the advice of Carsten Pescht, Online Marketing Manager at the Tourism Association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He adds that research should aim at flexible solutions that work with different systems.

The advisory board members will accompany the new project BalticMuseums 2.0 Plus as well.


2011-02-03 Project presented in sustainable tourism workshop


On the 26 and 27 Jan 2011, representatives from various projects in the Baltic Sea region met, to discuss strategies for sustainable tourism. The meeting was part of the flagship project 12.10 within the Tourism cluster of the EU-strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The leadpartner, University of Greifswald, had invited the local experts currently engaged in projects to find cooperation potential and concrete contribution possiblities to implement the Baltic Sea Region strategy. The Priority Area Coordinator for Tourism (PAC) discussed with the participants about ongoing projects and future options. Further information


2011-01-26 Chinese translation in the news


Foto: B. Hinkeldey

The local German newspaper Ostsee Zeitung met the Stralsund BalticMuseums team in the OZEANEUM. The two Chinese students who help the team by translating the website into Chinese talked about their experience and support for the BalticMuseums project. The report was published today. Next to that a report about all seven young Chinese ladies currently studying at Stralsund University was written. Thanks to Dorota and Jens (German Oceanographic Museum) for the organisation.


2011-01-04 Chinese students support EU project


Zheng Wang and Yi Yun Ma, Chinese students from Shanghai, currently help the BalticMuseums team with translations for the online information platform. "China is a market with great potential for future visitors", explains Professor Klotz the reasons for developing the website also in Chinese language. The two young women are exchange students from the Xianda College of Economics & Humanities at Shanghai International Studies University, who spend some months at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences. This difficult translation work can only be realized due to the excellent German skills of the students. The whole team thanks the two students for their great efforts.


2011-01-03 Advisory Board meets in Lithuania


The advisory board members are presented

with calendars issued as dissemination material

for the Baltic Museums 2.0

The Baltic Museums 2.0 players Olga Zaliene and Jurgita Eglinskiene met the Advisory Board members to present the project’s results of the year. The Advisory Board members Elona Jurkeviciene, Head of Project Department of Klaipeda Municipality and Romena Savickiene, directress of Klaipeda Tourism and Culture Information Centre were happy about successful flow of the project and the results achieved: impression film presenting the Lithuanian Sea Museum, panoramas intended for the Online Information Platform and the news about the new project Baltic Museums 2.0 Plus. Romena Savickiene, representing Klaipeda Tourism and Culture Information Centre,

which officially declared its active contribution to the development of the new project by signing letter of commitment, expressed great interest in opportunity to attract both local and international visitors employing RFID-technology and special devices.

Olga Zaliene, Jurgita Eglinskiene, 2010-12-23

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