cultural heritage

Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical science artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. Cultural heritage includes tangible culture (such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible culture (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscapes, and biodiversity).

 

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Meia went to Paris for the project Mingei to observe the context of co-creation processes.

 

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This summer, after more than 25 years, the heraldic weapons on the ceiling of the dome hall in the Waag are being restored again.

 

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On Saturday 14 September the Waag is open during Open Monumentendag 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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28-05-2019

MuseumCamp 2019

On 13, 14 and 15 June another edition of MuseumCamp takes place at the historical museum Muiderslot!

 

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28-05-2019

Mingei

In Mingei 9 European partners collaborate to digitise and unlock the (in)tangible aspect of crafts.

 

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'Rembrandt Reality' lets you experience the painting 'The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp', but in a historically incorrect location.

 

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At the BigPicnic Festival in Madrid the final results were presented from the project, in the form of a series of recommendations.

 

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In the months of July and August of 2019, the weapons on the ceiling of the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag are being renovated.

 

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Together with the Oude Kerk, Waag developed, tested and researched a number of mixed reality concepts.

 

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The BigPicnic Festival is the finale to the BigPicnic project, celebrating the achievements of the partners and audiences.

 

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Waag together with the Drenthe Archive built the interactive installation Sigismund in 2006, now in use as an educational escape room.

 

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Pam de Sterke and Dick van Dijk of Waag collaborated in a new publication of the European Theatre Lab: Digital Theatre. A Casebook.

 

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We interviewed Marianna van der Zwaag, project leader at the Oude Kerk ('Old Church') in Amsterdam and involved in the project Mixed Reality @ Oude Kerk.

 

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This month the first public demo of the Mixed Reality experiment at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam took place, where visitors put on a Hololens.

 

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In the past weeks, we researched how to place virtual objects in real environents by using open-source software.

 

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Two-day programme in which exhibition makers, educators and curators explore the musea as experimental laboratorium and stay overnight in the NEMO Science Museum.

 

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We visited the St. Nicolaikirche in Kalkar as inspiration for the Mixed Reality experiment with the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

 

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24-04-2018

MuseumCamp

During MuseumCamp exhibition makers, educators and curators explore the potential of digital experiments in exhibitions.

 

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Waag and the Old Church (Oude Kerk) in Amsterdam are experimenting with adding visual layers to the visitors' experience in the building.

 

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This project was a collaboration between Waag and Oude Kerk with the aim to research the applications of mixed reality technology.

 

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The project ErEmEd researches motion networks on heritage in educational settings.

 

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On 4-5 December 2014, RICHES’ First International Conference will be held in Pisa, at the Museum of Graphics of Palazzo Lanfranchi. The conference will be organised by Promoter Srl.

 

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Waag is hosting an innovation lab in the field of heritage on 20 November 2015. Creating a better visitor experience: a day of inspiration, innovation and experimentation.

 

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Waag and partners in the meSch project will conduct a Pre-Conference workshop at the OEB (Online Educa Berlin) conference on December 2nd, 2015. OEB is the global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training. Dick van Dijk (creative director) and Suzanne Heerschop (project manager) will lead the workshop on behalf of Waag.

 

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On 13 November 2015, RICHES’ final International Conference will be held in Berlin.

 

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Co-creation is a powerful strategy to build new relationships. At Hacking Heritage: the audience on 5 October 2015, museum professionals present and discuss the potential benefits of working co-creatively with their audience, and share lessons learned and tips.

 

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This year the annual Ecsite conference will be held in Graz, Austria, and focuses on ‘colours of cooperation’. Under that theme, the meSch consortium will present the DIY tools they developed for creating smart exhibits. During this session, participants will explore scenarios for the use of smart objects in a museum/science centre environment. Speakers include Sheffield Hallam University, University of Stuttgart, Museon and Waag.

 

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The Museums and the Web Conference this year has its 20th Anniversary. The meSch team will demo the DIY toolkit that has been developed. The toolkit allows cultural heritage professionals to create smart exhibits themselves.

 

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Borders blur. Disciplines merge. Barriers come down. The 21st century is a time of repositioning, and there is a key role to play for heritage. How do we (re)present ourselves, our public, our archives, our countries and our institutes? Let's regroup at Volkshotel for the end conference of RICHES.

 

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On the 20-21 November 2015, dancers, hackers, software developers, scientists and inter-media artists will gather in Prague for a two day long hackathon. You are invited to join! And if you feel like no hacker, dancer, programmer, designer or brain-computer specialist – become one for at least two days!

 

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The digital loupe prototype developed by Waag will be subject of a workshop and discussion for museum experts at 'New Digital Technologies, Apps and Tools for Museums and Galleries: The Loupe at the National Museum of History' in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

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Waag developer and designer Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman and Janine Huizenga from The Creative Cooperative are leading a three-day workshop in Yerevan, Armenia for the UNDP programme Make the Future.

 

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The opening conference of Europeana Space will be held on 16-17 October 2014 in Venice, Italy. Waag is one of the consortium partners in this project.

 

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Together with the CKD Waag developed a mobile app to make stories about mediaeval choir stalls more accessible.

 

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The Digital Museum Lab is a series of (Dutch spoken) events on co-creation of museums and cultural heritage institutes.

 

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Finding ways to preserve born-digital heritage has become a matter of urgency and growing concern. This manifesto lays out the actions they need to take today to safeguard born-digital heritage.

 

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A team from Waag has realised the installation 'Garden as Lab' that will travel trough the country with a selection of DIY tests.

 

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Dick van Dijk (art director at Waag) will speak on 27 September during the afternoon programme at the Interactive: Storyspace of the Dutch Film Festival (NFF) in Utrecht.

 

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In today’s society it’s not obvious anymore that we share the same cultural background with the people that hold the same passport as we do. The project "Emotion networks" aims to visualise how people with different backgrounds, experiences, genders and ethnic groups might connect emotionally to certain heritage items. Despite of our passport we might think the same way about numerous topics and vice versa.

 

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During a semester-long project, third year Graphic Design students of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK, The Hague) proposed new concepts for the classification of space by entirely refusing political borders and rather exploring environmental territories, social boundaries, technological reach and mental limits.

 

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On 14 September 2017 Waag presents the installation 'Garden as Lab' at Botanical Garden of the TU Delft, that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

 

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Hortus Chat is a smartphone application for visitors to engage in a dialogue with plants.

 

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In 2017, the 25 botanical gardens in The Netherlands present the results of a joint transformation process. As an outcome of this, the data of all plant collections are now connected and shared with the public in innovative ways during the 'Year of the Botanical Gardens'. Waag developed the app Hortus Chat, in which visitors of the gardens can start a conversation with some of the remarkable plants.

 

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Based on the experience with organizing six hackathons in the Europeana Space project and the pre-existing experience with project partners, we created a how to guide, exploring the use of hackathons in the cultural sector and helping you to get started with organising one yourself. This publication intends to share the lessons we learnt for the realization of a successful event, and to support the replication of best practices experimented in the E-Space hackathon experiences.

 

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In times of aggressive nationalism, economic protectionism and mass migrant movements, third year Graphic Design student teams researched contemporary connections between societies and individuals and proposed alternative ways of looking at borders and real time connectivity.

 

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2017 will be the year of the botanic gardens in The Netherlands. On 22 April, an exhibition will start in all 24 gardens in The Netherlands about the most special plants in the collections of these gardens. Their stories will be published on the website botanischetuinen.nl, and visitors can use the newly developed app starting in April - Hortus Chat, made in collaboration with Waag - to start a conversation with the plants.

 

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On 24 and 25 October 2016 the Dutch programme 'Archief 2020' and Waag are organizing the second bootcamp of Archieflab. The presentation of the results is open for the public.

 

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Recently, Waag co-organized the first ever MuseumCamp Amsterdam. Over 70 participants worked really hard for three days to build 17 interactive installations, for 17 selected objects.

 

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From 15 July until the end of August 2016, the special exhibition MuseumMakers can be visited at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. This was created during the three-day MuseumCamp Amsterdam (8-10 July), by museum professionals, makers, designers and coders.

 

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How do museum professionals approach a weekend long of prototyping exhibitions? At the Allard Pierson Museum, 17 teams worked with digital technology in the MuseumCamp Amsterdam, to develop concepts and to test their ideas in practice. They had access to tools like a mobile Fablab, the meSch toolkit for museum objects and camped at the site.

 

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In April, the international conference 'Identity Matters: enriching heritage to meet a new era' was held in Amsterdam.

 

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What are the challenges for our archives in the next five years? On Friday 22 April, 15 people from the archive and information world discussed the future of the archives, guided by professor Albert Meijer

 

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Museums and the Web (MW) is one of the bigger international heritage conferences, and this year in its 20th edition. The 2016 edition was held in April in Los Angeles. The name obviously stems from the days when the web was the new ‘new thing’, but it covers the much broader field of digital technology and arts. In its opening reception at The Broad, artist Tiffany Trenda wore her 3D printed dress, later on she showed a dress with QR codes to link to websites containing information about related body parts.

 

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MuseumCamp Amsterdam is a three day pressure cooker in which we explore, discover, meet and present.

 

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The Identity Matters conference (RICHES) was about change. About renewal and innovation. About trying to understand the way in which we construct our lives and our identities throughout cultural artefacts, media and heritage. Although we might feel we are going through difficult times as a society, we took an optimistic stance.

 

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Digital innovation is an important issue for the heritage domain. But how do you incorporate the latest developments in your own work? And with what technology would you personally like to play?

 

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On February 2nd, 2016, the Digital Museum Lab has started. The lab is a project of the Allard Pierson Museum in close cooperation with DEN, Waag and the University of Applied Sciences, Lectorate Crossmedia. It aspires to encourage experimentation, reflection and evaluation in the field of digital innovation within museums and other heritage institutions.

 

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Waag and the University of Stuttgart, two of the partners in the meSch project, have conducted a workshop at the OEB (the Online Educa Berlin) conference on December 2nd, 2015.

 

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The process of co-creation is a bit of a black box.

 

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On Monday, October 5th, almost 60 heritage professionals gathered in the Waag’s Anatomical Theatre. Together, we discussed how co-creation can be applied in the heritage sector to create new stories or new connections with audiences.

 

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How can heritage institutions share their information and develop new services based on their data to reach a new audience?

 

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Heritage can be found everywhere. Not just in museum collections, presented at a nice location, or locked up in storage. Heritage is “old” (from the past), but it can also tell us a lot about the “new”—our current view of the world, our identity. Technology frequently plays a roll in the availability and presentation of our heritage both inside and outside the museum. By connecting it to our environment and our lives (and not isolating it), we can get a different (better?) perspective of our surroundings and of modern society.

 

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Szandra Iván recently graduated at University Twente (Creative Technology) with an exploration of new prototypes that would fit the context of the meSch project (Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage). Dick van Dijk discusses the project with Szandra.

 

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The website ErfGeo is still in development, but has the ambition to contain every place, street and even address or building that ever existed in The Netherlands. A database of Dutch topography through the ages. It is one of the results or our Heritage and Location project.

 

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This Summer, Waag and Digital Heritage Netherlands (DEN), partners in the project Heritage & Location, are inviting heritage specialists to enrich their data collections with geographic information for a larger audience. What can you do with your collection when you link it with geolocations? We'll begin with a collaborative data clinic on June 18 in the Waag.

 

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On Thursday, September 17th, we'll close the Hacking Heritage programme with a grande finale for the entire heritage sector. We'll take a look back at the most remarkable applications. And, we'll look forward to what might be possible in the future.

 

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Waag hosted the Hacking Culture Talks, the public kick-off of our exciting weekend hackathon, Hacking Culture Bootcamp.

 

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From 8-10 May, 2015, Waag and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision hosted the first of six Europeana Space hackathons. This was the main objective: come up with appealing ideas and applications to bring the rich archive of digitized European cultural heritage to the public.

 

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On behalf of Waag, I visited Museums and the Web 2015 in Chicago, Illinois in April. At this conference, I presented the meSch project and I had the opportunity to follow the use of technology in the world of heritage.

 

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Six museums, 95 photographs, three months, and four interviews with professionals: all this comes together in the research, “New Technologies in Museums and the notion of Alternate Reality Games,” that Konstantinos Dranganas conducted as an intern at the Future Heritage Lab at Waag.

 

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During 'Open Monumentendag', the Dutch Heritage Days, the Waag building on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam will be open for visitors.

 

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30-03-2015

Sigismund II

Sigismund has been around since 2006 in developing a successful educational project at the archive of the province of Drenthe.

 

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During Hacking Culture Bootcamp (from Europeana Space), about forty participants will dedicate three days at Waag to experiment with cross-media (or, transmedia), interactive concepts that may be suitable for applications in broadcasting and the heritage sector.

 

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In 2010 I stumbled upon a nice topic for a documentary film, or so I thought. Now, four years later, the original plan has developed into a research project using digital technology and design thinking. Together with Dutch-based partners Waag and Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde it became embedded in a larger consortium under the acronym RICHES. Let’s go back to where it all began.

 

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During this Europeana Space Hacking Culture Bootcamp you will play and experiment with thousands of items from Europe’s most compelling digital collections.

 

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16-01-2015

Europeana Space

The objective of Europeana Space was to increase and enhance the creative industries’ use of Europeana by delivering a range of resources to support their engagement.

 

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A new year has started, a fitting moment for predictions. Which themes will change the image of 2015?

 

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On 28 March 2015, the Open Tower Day will again be organized in Amsterdam, on which many historical and contemporary towers in the city can be climbed or visited.

 

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Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) tested our loupe prototype with school children at the National Museum of History (NMH) in Sofia.

 

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The international conference called 'Cultural Heritage: Recalibrating Relationships' was attended by more than 150 people from all over Europe, from China and Australia.

 

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How can a museum or cultural organisation deal with a rapidly changing global society in which each culture has its own wishes, expectations, and needs? Waag’s Urban Reality Lab researches this question within the scope of the RICHES project. In collaboration with local young people and the employees of the Museum of World Cultures, we are mapping current challenges for museums and researching possible solutions to such issues during several co-creation sessions.

 

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In the RICHES project we explore the use of new technologies for cultural heritage experiences as one of the important aspects for change.

 

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On Thursday, September 25, more than two hundred employees from various botanical gardens in the Netherlands travelled to the National day of the Botanical Gardens in Utrecht. Together with Waag, these employees are investigating new strategic ideas for the gardens of tomorrow. What will botanical gardens mean for the generations of the future? What can they do for our future society? How can they reach new audiences or broaden existing ones? Which stories do visitors want to hear? And which format is most suitable to tell those stories?

 

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On 19 June 2014 the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag in Amsterdam will be the apt setting for a symposium about the medical science in an historical perspective.

 

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On 14 March 2014, I was present at a presentation of the Dutch report on heritage called ‘Karakterschetsen; Nationale Onderzoeksagenda Erfgoed en Ruimte’ that describes the current state of Dutch heritage in the public space. How is our heritage preserved, researched and made accessible? And what are the trends here?

 

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Thursday March 28th, The Dutch Council of Botanical Gardens and Waag organized a public session in the Hortus of Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanical gardens of the world. The focus of this event was to discover, collect and develop innovative concepts and tools for the public program of the botanical gardens in Holland.

 

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After a short stop during the Winter months, this Spring we will continue our ‘Plants for the Future’ project with the Dutch Botanical gardens (NVBT). In this project we are connecting the botanical collections and search for innovative ways to share these (and possibly enrich them) with the public.

 

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Per 1 December 2013 the project RICHES has started. This research focuses on the power of our heritage in a changing society.

 

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12-12-2013

RICHES

RICHES explored the link between cultural heritage institutions and our personal experience of identity and belonging.

 

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Come to the botanical garden of Hortus Arcadië in Nijmegen to give your opinion about a prototype application.

 

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31-08-2013

Plant stories

On Thursday 29 August, a second laboratory day took place in our project 'Plants for the future' with the botanical gardens of The Netherlands. Again, employees of several gardens gathered at the Von Gimborn Arboretum in Doorn.

 

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Finally, we have officially started the first ‘laboratory garden’ with the botanical gardens in The Netherlands. In this project we are organizing co-creation labs to find new inventive ways to connect the available knowledge about plants and biodiversity to the needs of modern-age visitors. Target of the labs is to create an actively involved audience.

 

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17-07-2013

WEAVE - ZigZag

With the project ZigZag we stimulated children, their families and teachers to learn more about cultural and historical topics. Our main tool for this? The art of Textile.

 

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The consortium partners of the meSch project came together in June for three days of sharing insights, building scenarios, and setting future goals. Within the project, we want to create a toolkit that facilitates curators and educators in creating adaptive and smart exhibits for their museum visitors.

 

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On 24 april 2013 we started a nice project with the The Dutch Botanical Gardens Association (NVBT). We will connect the data of their botanical collections and think of ways to share the contents with the public in innovative ways.

 

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In this collaborative project, the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association (NVBT) connects the existing botanical collections and shares the results with the public in innovative ways.

 

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26-03-2013

Sharing

In the book 'Sharing', Philippe Aigrain explains why - contrary to what is generally stated - non-commercial sharing of cultural works by individuals is a widely beneficial practice.

 

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Waag held a ‘Dynamic heritage and design thinking’ workshop at the kick-off meeting of the project meSch in Sheffield (UK). We applied a design thinking approach to share all the knowledge and ideas we already have and to create common ground for new ideas.

 

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The jury of the Children’s Museum Award 2013 has awarded the project Operation Sigismund of the Drents Archive with a special recommendation. The jury recommended the project as an experimental learning environment that clearly expresses the importance of an archive to young people.

 

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Thrilling plant stories - the Dutch Botanical Gardens Foundation receives a subsidy of 2 million euro from the National Postcode Lottery for their collaborative project 'Plants for the future'. In this project, together with Waag, Dutch botanical gardens will link the data from their plant collections and share these with the public in innovative ways.

 

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The Wikimedia Foundation has launched its 12th official project: Wikivoyage (www.wikivoyage.org), a free, worldwide, online travel guide. Like Wikipedia and its sister projects, Wikivoyage is free to edit, free of ads, and built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe.

 

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15-01-2013

meSch

The project meSch (Material EncouterS with digital Cultural Heritage) explores new ways to let people hear the stories behind heritage objects directly and immediately, in this way enriching the experience of European cultural heritage.

 

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Recently a film crew visited the Waag for a documentary series about the Golden Age, in which the viewers will be taken through the history. The part of the series that features our building will be broadcasted on Dutch television on 19 February 2013 at NTR/VPRO.

 

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In the week of 23 April 2012 Madrid coloured orange for the annual Semana Naranja. In this week the Dutch Ambassy organized a number of activities to make 'The Netherlands' visible in Madrid: a bicycle tour through the city, a market with Dutch products and Dutch designers and architects joined a public debate. I was asked as one of the guest speakers on behalve of Waag.

 

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A simple animation to explain what Linked Open Data is and why it's such a good thing.

 

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Target of this project is to to make the history and surroundings of the fortifications of the the defense line accessible for new user groups in an attractive way.

 

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8-03-2012

Tijdgeest

In 2009, the project Tijdgeest started, an educational cultural heritage project by Waag, Foundation Tijdgeest and PWN Waterleidingbedrijf Noord-Holland.

 

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The Register van de Dag van Gister (Yesterday's Register) is an enticing storytelling project for senior citizens, with a physical and virtual component.

 

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8-03-2012

Madretsma

Madretsma was a project that used mobile communication to create stories and linked the heritage inside the museum with world outside the museum.

 

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8-03-2012

Rituals

In the Rituals project, people were invited to tell the stories of their personal religious objects, experiences and rituals.

 

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The international StrangerFestival was the centrepiece of the Stranger project of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) that included video screenings, debates, masterclasses and workshops for young people.

 

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In this project, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Waag realised The Rietveld Schroder house online, a website for the cultural heritage of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld.

 

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The Archive of the province of Drenthe comes to life for children in primary schools.

 

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8-03-2012

Herinnerding

Herinnerding was a multimedia table made for the National Archive.

 

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Teylers Adventure was an online educational environment in Teyler Museum Haarlem.

 

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8-03-2012

Breinbril

Breinbril was a game developed with and for the University Museum in Utrecht.

 

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The first edition of Register van de Dag van Gister (Yesterday's Register) was a multimedia project for elderly in cooperation with Kunstgebouw, Probiblio and Rosanne van Klaveren in 2004.