IISA 2019

The Mu.SA project in the International Conference in Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications, Greece 2019

IISA 2019The Mu.SA project was presented in the 10th International Conference in Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA2019) in the 15th of July 2019 at the University of Patras, Greece.

IISA-2019 is the tenth conference in the IISA series, technically co-sponsored by IEEE, the University of Piraeus, the University of Patras and the University of the Peloponnese.

The International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications (IISA) series offers a forum for the constructive interaction and prolific exchange of ideas among scientists and practitioners from different research fields such as computers, mathematics, physics, biology, medicine, chemistry, experimental psychology, social sciences, linguistics, and engineering; having the goal of developing methodologies and tools for the solution of complex problems in artificial intelligence, biology, neuroscience, security, monitoring, surveillance, healthcare, sustainability in energy sources, governance, education, commerce, automation, robotics, optimization, image, speech and natural languages, and their integration.

20190715_155003The paper entitled “Implementing a MOOC course for Museum Professionals with a worldwide effect” was presented by Mrs Panagiota Polymeropoulou, Researcher of the DAISSy Research Group of Hellenic Open University. The participants to the session “E-Learning Systems” were very interested to learn more about the Mu.SA project, the training program, the outcomes, the four role profiles as well as the results and the worldwide  participation to the MOOC “Essential Digital Skills for Museum Professionals”. In the paper are described the Methodology for designing and developing the modular online course as well as the European Frameworks of e-CF and DigComp adapted to the museum sector’s professionals knowledge and training. In the paper are presented also, in numbers and graphs the results of providing the MOOC, open to museum professionals participating from all the world. The paper will be published in the IEEE Xplore series.

 

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Pre-Selection For Specialization Course Candidates Has Finished!

MuSA_finalWe are happy to inform you that the pre-selection procedure for the participation to the Mu.SA Specialization course has finished and the pre-selected candidates per country (Greece, Italy, Portugal) have been informed through email. Due to the GDPR law, the details of the pre-selected candidates will not be announced publicly. Totally, only 120 candidates are selected to continue with the Specialization Course in the Mu.SA project countries. The Specialization course will start in 16 September 2019 and end on 13 March 2020.

We would like to thank all candidates who took time and submitted their Expression of Interest for the Mu.SA Specialization Course! We remind you that this is a pilot specialization course that we hope to develop it to a permanent course, and we shall inform you when a new Mu.SA Specialization Course is announced.

Once more, we would like to thank you all for supporting the Mu.SA project and we are looking forward to see you in a new course!

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Training of museum professionals and developing digital skills in Greece

The DAISSy research team of the Hellenic Open University, organized with great success the event focusing on the “Training of museum professionals and developing digital skills”, on Monday 24 of June 2019 at the hotel Electra Metropolis in Athens, with speeches by the Hellenic Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and IEK AKMH, partners of the Mu.SA project. The subject of the event was to present the training activities organized within the framework of the European project. The event was organized within the framework of the European Project Mu.SA – Museum of Alliance, funded by the Erasmus + / Sector Skills Alliance, coordinated by the DAISSy research team, Hellenic Open University.

The aim of the project is to bridge the gap between formal education and the labor market, a gap that has arisen due to the ever-increasing introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the museum sector and the subsequent emergence of new specialties. The project investigates the training opportunities provided for digital and transferable skills for museologists, cultural professionals and students and their practical application level, designed and implemented by Mu.SA partnership like MOOC, specialization courses and work – based learning. The consortium comprises a total of 11 partners from 4 countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Belgium), coordinated by the Hellenic Open University and the Scientific Coordinator of Achilleas Kameas, Professor, Hellenic Open University.

The aim of the event was to present the research’ results and the activities of the project Mu.SA, the detailed description of the 4 role profiles as well the overview of Mu.SA’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the title “Essential skills for Museum Professionals”. The MOOC was offered in the first quarter of 2019 with more than 5,000 entries from culture and museum professionals worldwide.

During the event were awarded the Certificates to those who had successfully completed the MOOC.

The second part of the event included speeches by representatives of the cultural sector such as the Vice –president of ICOM GR, the Head of Directorate for the Administration of the National Monument Archives, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and a museologist – board member of a company in culture, who expressed their thoughts on the continuous, professional training in the field of cultural heritage in Greece. The event closed with the presentation by IEK –AKMI, partner of the project, who presented to the audience the content and the aims of the specialization in each of the 4 profiles of the Mu.SA project through the Specialization courses that will be available for 120 selected from Greece, Italy and Portugal. There followed a brief discussion with the public.

The event was a major success, attracting more than 70 participants frοm the cultural sector, museum working personnel and those who are interested to continue their training in Mu.SA. The participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices on the professional and organizational development of cultural operators, tackling the lack of digital skills, the importance of training programs such as the one offered by Mu.SA and the need to continue this program in the coming years due to its great response.

The event was videotaped and will be available through the DAISSy YouTube channel, along with mini interviews with students who successfully completed MOOC.

The Mu.SA project and MOOC in PatrasIQ2019

thMu.SA project and especially the scope, content and the worldwide interest of MOOC was presented in the 6thTechnology Transfer Exhibition – Patras Innovation Quest (Patras IQ), held in Patras from 12 to 15 April 2019.

Patras Innovation Quest (PATRAS IQ) is a joint venture between the Ministry of Economy and Development and the Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs, the Region of Western Greece, the University of Patras, the Hellenic Open University, the Achaia Chamber and the Technological Educational Foundation of Western Greece.

The main objective is to create a critical competitive advantage both in the research community and in the productive sector through the application of innovative ideas for the development of new and optimization of existing products and services that aspire to take part in the national and global market.

The Patras IQ has been honored with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards – EEPA 2017 and the Education Business Awards 2016 – and is recognized as the continuous meeting of know-how and innovation interconnection with entrepreneurship with multiple positive effects both in retaining the rich research and business potential of our country as well as overall in the development of the local regional and national economy.

This year’s event took place on 12,13 & 14 April 2019 at the South Port of Patras (exhibition grounds) and at the Royal Theater (Speech and Event Area).

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Mu.SA MOOC as good practice example in the EPALE community

epale-imgThe project “Mu.SA: Museum Sector Alliance” (ongoing project) is approved in the European Framework of Erasmus+ / Sector Skills Alliances. It aims to address the increasing disconnection between formal education and training and the world of work because of the emergence of new job roles due to the quickening pace of the adoption of ICT in the museum sector. Mu.SA addresses directly the shortage of digital and transferable skills identified in the museum sector.

The partnership consists of eleven partners from four Countries: Hellas, Italy, Portugal and Belgium with coordinator the Hellenic Open University – DAISSy Research Group, Hellas.

Mu.SA – Museum Sector Alliance project opens a series of online and offline learning opportunities to develop essential digital skills for museum professionals.

The online course “Essential Digital Skills for Museum Professionals” (MOOC) is especially designed for the museum community, both for professionals as well as students, volunteers or unemployed, who want to pursue their future career in the museum sector. The aim is to support these groups to improve their digital competences and apply them in their daily work at the museums.

The Mu.SA MOOC is a flexible, self-paced course that requires learner’s engagement for at most 10 hours per week. The course is organized in modules that allows students to develop a complete set of digital and transferable competences required for the museum sector.

The MOOC aims at enhancing the digital skills and 21st century skills of museum and cultural professionals. It consists of training modules based on the European e-competences framework (e-CF), DigComp and P21 – the course is a unique combination of these standards, and for this reason it is considered as best practice at European level. The instructional design was based on learning outcomes and is modular in order to allow each trainee to study based on his / her pace and availability.

The MOOC extends to 8 weeks of training and requires a total of 80 hours of training and study. Each week, it focuses on 1 e-CF competence (a European standard of IT skills) and combines competences from DigComp (the global standard of digital literacy of the average citizen) and P21 (a 21st century skill model) frameworks. For each competence, a separate training module has been designed, the material of which is grouped in units. Each unit includes presentations, videos and study material related to a set of learning outcomes that are assessed at the end.

Online tutors monitor, assist and facilitate learners’ training procedure. Once enrolled, students have guided access to all videos, quizzes, and assignments. The course is designed as to facilitate active participation, peer-learning and open discussion among the course participants.

The training platform was developed by the DAISSy team of HOU.

After the completion of this course, learners will be able to develop and use digital and transferable competences necessary for professionals working in the museum sector.
Beyond the ability to develop digital strategy, digital content or use digital tools and platforms, students will also advance skills like time management, communication, team-working, leadership and creative thinking.

The course is free and open for all, already running since the 7th of January 2019! The main language of the training is English and videos are subtitled in Greek, Italian and Portuguese.
Up to now, more than 5,200 people have registered in the course from all around the world!

Learners who will complete the MOOC and succeed in at least 80% of graded activities are eligible to continue their learning journey by applying for an advanced, six-month specialization course. Selected students can choose focused trainings in one of the emerging job profiles: Digital Strategy Manager, Digital Collections Curator, Digital Interactive Experience Developer and Online Community Manager. Selected group, who has successfully finished both the MOOC and specialization training, will get the work-based learning in one of the European museums.

More information about the MOOC in here and the Mu.SA project in here.

Read the article here!

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Today the launch of the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) titled Essential skills for museum professionals

Today, January 7, 2019, the MOOC titled Essential skills for museum professionals was launched worldwide. The MOOC was developed by the DAISSy research team of HOU as part of the European Mu.SA project: Museum Sector Alliance in collaboration with the project partners. The Mu.SA project is co-ordinated by Dr. Achilleas Kameas, Professor of Hellenic Open University and is implemented in 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Belgium) by 12 organizations.

The MOOC aims at enhancing the digital skills and 21st century skills of museum and cultural professionals. To this end, it consists of training modules based on the European e-competences framework (e-CF), DigComp and P21 – in fact the course is a unique combination of these standards, and for this reason it is considered as best practice at European level. The instructional design was based on learning outcomes and is modular in order to allow each trainee to study based on his / her pace and availability. The MOOC extends to 8 weeks of training and requires a total of 80 hours of training and study. Each week, it focuses on 1 e-CF competence (a European standard of IT skills) and combines competences from DigComp (the global standard of digital literacy of the average citizen) and P21 (a 21st century skill model) frameworks. For each competence, a separate training module has been designed, the material of which is grouped in units.

Each unit includes presentations, videos and study material related to a set of learning outcomes that are assessed at the end. The training material has been produced in its entirety by the organizations involved in the project and is available in 4 languages: English, Greek, Italian and Portuguese. During the course there will be training support from tutors who have also planned participatory activities to be implemented through forums and social media. The training platform was developed by the DAISSy team of HOU and is available at https://mooc.cti.gr/.

Up to now, more than 5,200 people have registered in the course from all around the world! We hope they will find the course interesting and will persist until they complete it.

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Infoday “Digital cultural heritage management and digital skills for museum professionals”

larissa-3On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Diachroniko (Diachronous) Museum of Larissa, the Infoday on “Digital cultural heritage management and digital skills for museum professionals” took place with great success. The Infoday was organized by the DAISSy research group of the Hellenic Open University, with the support of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Larissa, the Deputy Mayor of Culture and Sciences of the Municipality of Larissa, the “Hippocrates in Larissa” Association and the “Larissa – Learning City” initiative, with the support of European project Mu.SA. The staff of the Public Relations Department and the Larissa Annex of HOU contributed significantly to the success of the Infoday.

Project Mu.SA – Museum Sector Alliance is funded by the Erasmus + / Sector Skills Alliance programme and coordinated by the DAISSy Research Group of HOU. The consortium comprises a total of 11 partners from 4 countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Belgium). The purpose of the Mu.SA project is to fill the gap between formal education and the labor market that has arisen due to the ever-increasing adoption of Information and Communication Technologies into the museums and the subsequent emergence of new specialties. With the aim of enhancing the digital skills of museum and cultural professionals, targeted training actions, including a MOOC, four hybrid training seminars and internships, were designed and implemented within the project. The certification is based on the European Skills Frameworks DigComp and European eCompetences Framework (e-CF). The project is a unique case of combining different competence frameworks and is already considered as good practice.

Dr. Achilles Kameas, Professor of HOU, Director of DAISSy research group and Scientific Coordinator of Mu.SA project opened the Infoday. Brief welcome speeches were given by Mrs. Stavroula Sdrolia, Head of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Larissa and Director of the Diachroniko Museum of Larissa, Mr. Panos Sapkas, Deputy Mayor of Culture and Sciences of the Municipality of Larissa and the Director of Secondary Education of Larissa, Mr. Ioannis Kapsalis.

larissa-1The first part of the Infoday included the presentation by HOU Professor Mr. Achilles Kameas of the Mu.SA project and other European projects in which the DAISSy research group participates as coordinator or partner. A description of the first research results of the project was given by Mrs. Panagiota Polymeropoulou, Archaeologist – Museologist MSc. and Researcher at DAISSy. Mrs. Polymeropoulou presented in detail the four professional profiles produced in the project and the training program that was developed, which includes an initial Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the basic digital skills that museum professionals need to acquire, specialized training programs and internships.

Subsequently, Mr. Demetrios Karakitsios, Computer and Telecommunications Engineer, MSc., from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Larissa, spoke about the digital Diachroniko Museum of Larissa, detailing the museum’s effort to follow the new technological trends, to improve its digital presence and to offer modern digital services to its visitors, describing the original approach, what has been done so far and what are the plans for the future.

The first part was closed by Mrs. Ioanna Deligianni, Historian of European Culture – Specialist of Cultural Management MSc., from the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – GI Katsigras Museum, who referred to the continuous effort of the Municipal Library as a cultural institution to be in harmony with the new digital reality, such as the transfer of museum spaces to a virtual environment using Virtual Reality and the digitization of a part of the museum collections.

The second part of the Infoday titled “Digital Cultural Heritage Management” included talks by representatives of cultural institutions of the municipality of Larissa and the other municipalities of the Region of Thessaly.

Mr. Rizos Haliambalias, President of the Association “Hippocrates in Larissa” presented the main objectives of the Association’s activities, such as the promotion of Hippocrates’ work and the raising of awareness about the relationship between the Father of Medicine and Larissa, as well about the Monument of Hippocrates located in the city. He also presented actions implemented by the Association in cooperation with schools, the Diachroniko Museum of Larissa and other institutions.

Mrs. Georgia Tsiana, Head of the Public Central Library of Larissa “Konstantinos Koumas”, spoke about the digital services of the Library, which is being modernized, upgrades its infrastructure, and utilizes digital applications through continuous staff training. The main concern is to make the Public Central Library of Larissa more accessible through various activities and digital applications, so that more and more citizens come closer to the book.

larissa-2Consequently, Mrs. Konstantina Kontsa, Archaeologist, from the Museum of Wheat and Flour of Larissa, presented the newly established museum, which is also the first industrial museum of the city. She also attempted a brief presentation of a first assessment of the interaction of visitors with the digital and interactive exhibits of the museum’s permanent exhibition.

Ms. Ioulia Pentazou, Ph.D. of the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly and researcher of the DEMUCIV project, from the Museum of the City of Volos, presented examples of contemporary Western museums where digital exhibits coexist, complement or replace natural exhibits in different ways and to varying degrees. In her presentation she explained how the “trace” of the past is complemented, conversed, overlapped and contrasted with a “construction” of the present in museums of the digital era.

Mr. Konstantinos Vouzaxakis, Archaeologist and Head of the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and Museums from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Karditsa, made a brief presentation of the digital media and applications used by the Ephorate for the promotion of the cultural heritage of the area, the management of administrative data, the services offered to the citizens, the digitization and recording of the archaeological finds and the cultural reserve as well as the management and protection of the archaelogical spaces.

Mrs. Evangelia Defi, Archaeologist and Head of the Department of Byzantine and Post Byzantine Antiquities and Museums from the Ephorate of Antiquities of Trikala, presented the educational programs of the Ephorate with the use of digital technology, giving as an example the educational program in the archaeological site of Ancient Trikke. In the context of the participation of the Ephorate of Trikala in the action of the European Cultural Heritage Days held by the Ministry of Culture, with thematic title for 2017/18: “POL(e)IS” (that is, City-Cities), presented an interactive tour of school student groups, which combined the acquaintance with the diachronic monuments of the city through the use of technology.

The second part of the Infoday was completed with the speech of Mr. Vassilis Karachristos, Archaeologist of the Volos Ephorate of Antiquities, who presented the Ephorate’s website and its contents, emphasizing on archaeological sites, monuments, museums, educational programs and publications and the importance of the presence of the Ephorate in the digital world.

larissa-4The event was attended by museum professionals, students and graduates of cultural studies programs, scientists, researchers, teachers as well as workers from the Ephorates of Antiquities of Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Magnesia. Perhaps for the first time, representatives from all four Ephorates participated simultaneously at an event about new technologies in museums and the development of the relevant skills by their employees. Through their interventions, the representatives of the Ephorates and the other speakers informed the audience about the important work carried out by the cultural and educational institutions and services of the Region of Thessaly and indicated the future development directions and the emerging needs of the employees.

In conclusion, the Infoday has been a major success, attracting more than 80 participants, and has also gained considerable visibility in local media. The participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices on the professional and organizational development of cultural organizations and their link with education, to discuss the benefits of relevant actions and the obstacles they face, and to create synergies to address of them. The Infoday concluded with a short tour of the exhibits of the Diachroniko Museum of Larissa, one of the most modern museums in the country.

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Η διαχείριση της ψηφιακής πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς & οι ψηφιακές δεξιότητες για τους επαγγελματίες του Μουσείου

Στόχος της Ημερίδας είναι να παρουσιαστεί το Mu.SA, τα ερευνητικά αποτελέσματα και οι δραστηριότητές του έργου καθώς επίσης και οι υφιστάμενες προοπτικές εκπαίδευσης και κατάρτισης σε ψηφιακές και μεταβιβάσιμες δεξιότητες για μουσειολόγους, επαγγελματίες του πολιτισμού και φοιτητές αλλά και η εφαρμογή αυτών σε πρακτικό επίπεδο. Επίσης, θα παρουσιαστούν ομιλίες από το Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας και τους πολιτιστικούς οργανισμούς της Λάρισας και των Εφορειών Αρχαιοτήτων των  Νομών Καρδίτσας και Τρικάλων σε θέματα όπως η χρήση των νέων τεχνολογιών, η διαχείριση της ψηφιακής πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς καθώς και ο σχεδιασμός και η υλοποίηση μουσειακών εκπαιδευτικών προγραμμάτων.

Η Ημερίδα απευθύνεται σε εργαζόμενους/ες σε μουσεία και πολιτιστικούς χώρους και οργανισμούς, εκπαιδευτές, καθηγητές και παρόχους κατάρτισης, ερευνητές, φοιτητές και αποφοίτους σχετικών τμημάτων καθώς και σε όσους ενδιαφέρονται να εργαστούν στον χώρο του πολιτισμού.

Είσοδος Ελεύθερη!

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Museums and Training: Digital Skills for the Future Museum

The AKMI Institute of Vocational Training and the DAISSy research team of the Hellenic Open University invite you to the Infoday entitled “Museums and Training: Digital Skills for the Future Museum” (in Greek) on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, hours: 16:00 – 20:00 , at the AKMI premises, in Athens. The workshop is organized within the framework of the European Mu.SA – Museum Sector Alliance, funded by the Erasmus + / Sector Skills Alliance, coordinated by the DAISSy research team and IEK Akmi participates as a partner.

The purpose of the Infoday is to present the Mu.SA project and its activities as well as the existing prospects of education and training in digital skills for museologists, cultural professionals and students, as well as their practical application.

The Infoday addresses employees, museums and cultural sites and organizations, trainers, teachers and training providers, researchers, students and graduates of relevant departments, as well as those interested in working in the field of culture.

Free entrance

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Promotion of projects BRIGHTS, MuSA, WEMIN and DCDS at the “Spoudase” Festival

“Spoudase” Festival, the biggest festival for all levels of Education in Greece, was organized for the second consecutive year at the Technopolis of the City of Athens on 19 & 20 May 2018.

The Festival hosted more than 300 participants from all levels of education, which communicated and presented programs, activities and exhibits related to Education, Training, Innovation, Science and Technology. It was a major event, during which visitors got acquainted with educational and scientific courses linking education, skills, training and lifelong learning with career, creativity, growth, entrepreneurship and, in general, production and labor market needs. More than 70 schools were hosted at the Festival and presented their activities in sciences and new technologies. In addition to the booths and stands, more than 200 workshops and seminars were held free of charge by leading scientists, institutions, universities and market executives.

The DAISSy research group of Hellenic Open University participated in the “Spoudase” Festival with its own booth, promoting its research activities and projects. Four big screens were set up, each displaying videos about the DAISSy group, the various projects that the group participates in and their products.

One of the screens was dedicated to the promotion of the MOOC on “Promoting Global Citizenship Education using Digital Storytelling” that was produced in the context of project BRIGHTS. A specially created video based on the MOOC content was playing constantly on the screen, enhanced with slides promoting BRIGHTS project outcomes. Also, Projects MuSAWEMIN and DCDS  were promoted within a specially created short video showcasing all DAISSy projects that was being constantly played on one of the screens.

Thanks to its central location, the DAISSy booth attracted more than 500 visitors, all of whom expressed their interest in the projects.