In the international research project InTaVia, we lead the work package “User Requirements” and work on a “Storytelling Suite” that generates exciting stories from biographical and object data.

Due to a wide range of digitization initiatives, cultural heritage databases have greatly enhanced access to cultural and historical data across Europe. On the one hand, tangible cultural objects from museums, archives, and libraries have become accessible online and aggregated transnationally by platforms such as Europeana. On the other hand, intangible assets—such as language-based accounts on the lives of artists—have been organized and shared as biographical databases on a national level. While these developments provide an excellent basis for the enhanced reception, utilization, and promotion of European cultural heritage, various restrictions prevent the exploitation of the existing data. 

Intavia Storytelling-Suite Prototyp

Our role in the project

  • Overall management of work package for transdisciplinary & user-centered design process, case studies, workshops and methodological evaluation.
  • Preparation, implementation and evaluation of workshops and the definition of relevant user requirements of different target groups, including scientists, historians, curators (for the planned innovation and technology developments of the overall project).
  • Exploring new, interactive visualization methods for “Big Data” cultural data assets.
  • Design exploratory mediation and storytelling formats for data-based cultural knowledge.
  • Prototypical implementation of a “storytelling engine” for mediating museum data holdings and biographical archives for science and education.
  • Experimental development for cultural data mediation on mobile devices, via XR and data glasses.
  • Dissemination Activities: Journal papers and conference proceedings of the research results.
  • Develop exploitation plan for commercialization of project results.

International Research Team

  • Danube University Krems 
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
  • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences & Arts 
  • Aalto University  
  • University of Southern Denmark 
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences 
  • University of Stuttgart 
  • University of Helsinki
Symposium "Smashing the Silos! The Future of Cultural Heritage Information and Visualization"

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101004825.