Pluggy, Europe’s first social networking platform for cultural heritage, enables Europeans to safeguard and enrich the European cultural heritage landscape.
PLUGGY framed its objectives around the Faro Convention, in line with new social paradigms which declare cultural heritage as an asset and a responsibility for all, aiming to encompass greater democratic participative actions with concern for the local and the everyday. The specifically developed PLUGGY web platform facilitates a continuing process for creating, modifying and safeguarding heritage where citizens can be prosumers and maintainers of cultural activities. Content is both crowdsourced and retrieved from digital collections, allowing users to create links between seemingly unrelated facts, events, people and digitized collections, leading to new approaches of presenting cultural resources, and new ways of experiencing them.
We led the exploitation activities and contributed to the user experience design process. In addition, we developed a few interactive installations for museums in Greece and Slovakia and a video game suite to support collaborative storytelling in relation to cultural heritage.
The PLUGGY software suite was released with an open-source license to allow third-party organizations (e.g., museums or cultural institutions) to deploy their own platform for crowdsourced curation.