Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A new project launched

ARK4: An interactive heritage library.

Ark4 is a cooperation project between 4 Institutions of Trondheim NTNU UB; IDI; Regional State Archives and Deaf Museum. Athena Research Center, Athens Greece  is also an external collaborator. 

ARK4 intends to : create a virtual space of dialogue between the common user and the institutions involved.  It will explore novel methods of technology to disseminate knowledge from
the past to a wide public of young age. Ark4 intends to apply user-centered methods
and collect new narratives, to be shared by the national and regional community of
libraries, schools and archives.

The project started with a pilot platform, where specific digital representations of old books, with archive objects and pictures, explored through a library laboratory by school students.
 
The first prototype was launced in June and 12 students from the Steiner school in Trondheim participated to a workshop about plants in collaboration with Ringve Museum, Vitenskapmuseet in Trondheim and Bjørn Sæther.

The software and ARK4 game was developed by Michail Giannakos( Assistant Professor in NTNU, IDI) and Giannis Elefteriotis (PHd student at the University of Corfu, Greece). The game is based on Flora Danica and the assignemnets the students had to solve were designed by Gavriella Papastefanou (Phd in Biology, University of the Crete, Greece).

The content of the game was provided by our archives and the research suite was designed by Prof. Michail Giannakos.

Here is a video where our collaborators Gro Anita Mortensen from the State Archives and Line Norsveen from the Deaf Museum of Trondheim, work on the prototype.

This is the first year of the project and there will be more applications and workshops to come.The prototype is now under development with a new layout by our collaborator Irene D. Marquez.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mubil apps can be downloaded!

Mubil presents now the apps that have been developed by Percro and our library NTNU UB to any schools, school teachers or Universities that would like to download them. We reserve our rights and do not allow any commercial use of the products.

MUBIL-A digital library lab

Schools are invited to vist our 3D lab in Trondheim and experience the 3D books and games. You find us at Kalvskinnet next to the VitenskapsMuseum.
 
We can also come to your school. Book a workshop here
 
 
Interactive experience workshops for school classes: School children are invited to  experience the books of our digital library lab.  Groups of 5 or individuals can enter our 3D lab and  "perform" certain tasks in a virtual reconstruction of an old laboratory and learn through interaction. Thus they are introduced to a game environment in a power wall with a 3D projector. We can also set up the 3D lab at your venue.
Our 3D books are what we call augmented books and they are enriched with texts, 3d models, audios and films that provide the users with more information on the subject of the book and the period they were created in.
 
The experience of reading a book can be different in our days. Virtual technology is now part of our life, why not use it to bring to life a manuscript from 1670? Here you can see a film on our last application. We can deliver that to your school in a touch screen as well.
The two augmented books and a game! Soon all three available on line!
3. An alchemists lab-game based on the Lonicer book. 
 
The books can now be downloaded here  (run it using Windows).


Mubil stands for "Museum and library" in Norwegian and is aiming at partnerships or collaborations with educating institutions and schools in order to presnt the workshop concept introduced here with the 3D apps provided by the project. Our idea is to be able to use and test these prototypes of 3D books and game in order to support learning. We would like also to measure learning and the use of the apps so if you are interested please contact us and we can send you our survey!
Any other type of feedback is also welcome!

The Mubil team!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Soon available on line!

MUBIL

- a digital library in Trondheim


Schools are invited to vist our 3D lab in Trondheim and experience the 3D books and games.
 You find us at Kalvskinnet next to the VitenskapsMuseum.
Book a workshop here

Interactive experience workshops for school classes
School children are invited to  experience the books and play the game at our library in Kalvskinnet. Groups of 5 or individuals can enter our 3D lab and they "perform" certain tasks in a virtual reconstruction of an old laboratory and learn through interaction. Thus they are introduced to a game environment in a power wall with a 3D projector.
Our 3D books are what we call augmented books and they are enriched with texts, 3d models, audios and films that provide the users with more information on the subject of the book and the period they were created in.
The experience of reading a book can be different in our days. Virtual technology is now part of our life, why not use it to bring to life a manuscript from 1670? Here you can see a film on our last application. We can deliver that to your school in a touch screen as well.
The two augmented books and a game! Soon all three available on line!
3. An alchemists lab-game based on the Lonicer book. Tht will soon be available on line!


3D-caveInteractive 3D-cave. Photo from Percro, Pisa, Italy


 About the project: A new concept is introduced  with the launching of 3D books by the NTNU University library, Gunnerus branch in Trondheim. The library has collaborated with Percro laboratory of Scuola Superiore de Santa Anna and has created a game and two prototypes of books where the content of the book is augmented with 3D pop ups, videos audios explanatory texts and becomes a rich virtual experience in an immersive environment! The users are invited to try out the book applications and experience a 3D environment in the library or invite Mubil at their venue! Schools are the main target group and in 2014 workshops will be organised.
Financing: The project   is financed mainly by NTNU, and Scuola Superiore Sant`Anna and by the National Library of Norway.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Launching 3D Lab application at Trondheim Norway!


Illustations Irene d. Marquez
A new concept is introduced with the launching of 3D books by the NTNU University library, Gunnerus branch in Trondheim, coming up the 3rd of October 2013 at 18.00, at an open exhibition. Mubil is a 3D library laboratorium  by NTNU University and Percro laboratory of Scuola Superiore de Santa Anna and has developed two prototypes of books where the content of the book is augmented with 3D pop ups, videos audios, explanatory texts and becomes a rich virtual experience in an immersive environment! The users are invited to a show on Thusrday night to try out the book applications and experience a 3D environment in the library where the Historical archives of the Royal Society of Science and Letters are kept since 1760!

A book on medicinal distillation from 1590 and a travel manuscript from 1670 have become a new experience allowing the users to learn about the writer, its period and the content of the book. The users browse through it in a 3D lanscape.The distillation experiment described in the first book has also become a game and school kids will be invited in 2014 to experiment with it in a series of workshops! A Chemistry expert has studied the process of distillation as it is described by the book and has also build the physical furnace outside the library so that the actual experiment can be performed as well at the same time as the virtual one and public can experience both processes and ask questions. The Mubil project is part of the  activities NTNU UB has planned for the years ahead so that knowledge about the archives is spread to younger generations.

For school seminars and workshops contact us anytime!

Join us on Thusrday, 3. of October at Kalvskinnet at 18.00!

Friday, September 13, 2013

ILmovie

Mubil is inviting to a seminar on Digital Humanities with Marcello Carrozzino, from Percro laboratory,

















Immersive Virtual Environments adapted in Humanities 
2. oktober at 14.00
at the Gunnerus library , Kalvskinnet


Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE) have rapidly gained a reputation as a powerful means for the scientific dissemination in several fields, among which the Cultural Heritage sector and Archaeology.  Many examples exist of applications of IVEs in these fields aimed at documentation, fruition, training or remote cooperation exploiting the high impact of this technology on the cognitive processes.

However, the use of IVE is still not widespread as expected: what are the reasons? Will VR be forever a science-fiction topic or will it finally become part of everyday life?
The seminar will introduce the most relevant aspects of Virtual Reality, in particular focusing on the applications to Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, and discuss strengths, limitations and potentials of this kind of approaches.

 Mubil project is a cooperation between NTNU University library and Santa Anna University and intends with this seminar to create a connection between the research activities of the TeCIP Institute, in particular dealing to the application of ICT technologies to Art and Cultural Heritage, and NTNU researchers/students that are interested in acquiring knowledge about applications of Virtual Reality to their field of study.

Immersive Virtual Environments (IVE) have rapidly gained a reputation as a powerful means for the scientific dissemination in several fields, among which the Cultural Heritage sector and Archaeology.
NTNU students of Archaeology will have the opportunity of evaluating the experience of one of the European labs most active in this field. The teacher will in turn challenge the perspective and the needs of teamworkers in such a multidisciplinary sector, as this kind of exchange is essential for a fruitful cross-fertilization.

We hope to raise mutual awareness stimulating interesting developments to the current research projects and to mature novel perspectives for future joint projects.

Registration/Påmeldingen until/frem til 25.september to alexandra.angeletaki@ub.ntnu.no.

Marcello carrozzino is an Assistant Professor at the University of Santa Anna, Pisa Italy. 





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