Nov.5, 2013

The winners of the first @diversity Awards, which recognise outstanding examples of ICT innovation to promote culture, were announced by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the European Culture Forum in Brussels yesterday.

One of the 12 winners, Museotechniki ltd, is a European start-up company based in Athens (Greece), with the vision to merge cultural asset management with emerging technologies like 3D printing.

Working together with a university in Athens, the company want to open up access to collections of blueprints in all museum across Europe, so they can be downloaded and 3D printed by schools or academic, research and professional organizations.

Nikolaos Maniatis, Founder & Managing Director of Museotechniki Ltd. said,

"I have a licence to touch, but we want this accessibility to be given to the public and especially for educational purposes. In the UK, for example, they have made it a priority to make 3D printers available in schools. Now I'm in England as well, part time, trying to work out how to match up this cultural accord with the school curriculums and figure out the easiest and most immediate commercialisation of the process."

Digitisation has changed the way that cultural goods are created, managed, disseminated and accessed. "3D digitisation is part of the process of the professionals anyway, either for documentation reasons or for research," he says.

The @diversity Award will give Museotechniki more access to schools, museums and universities to form partnerships to develop accesses for those cultural heritage artefacts. Computational photography, interactive systems design, rapid prototyping and parametric design are some of the technologies they use to develop innovative business models.

Museotechniki wants to provide a web platform - that will facilitate the management of 3D digital files and the distribution of 3D printed authentic replicas of museum artefacts.

"The dream application will be something like where a teacher can go in knowing the curriculum that they'll have to teach, choose the collection, or make up the collection that they want, print locally if they have access or order it from an online service and actually use it in the classroom."

Via: Wired

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