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EuroMACHS Applications Open

Do you have a degree in History, Heritage or similar?
Want to further your professional profile in a challenging and meaningful way?

Take the innovative European Masters degree in “European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society” .

This new masters programme brings together knowledge of European Cultural Heritage with current developments in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Digital Media and their commercial implications in order to produce a new type of professionals capable of meeting the needs for new content in the Information Society.

“European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society: a European Masters Programme” is the result of the partnership of the Universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Graz (Austria), Salento (Italy) and Turku (Finland). Each partner has extensive experience in creating innovative links between the Humanities and Digital Media namely on the areas of Multimedia production, digital libraries, e-learning, Historical Information Science and Historical-Geographical Information Systems.

Applications until the 5th of Setember. More information at

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#EuroMACHS Applications Requirements

If you want to be part of EuroMACHS, you can apply through University of Coimbra until 30th of April.
Portuguese students can follow the steps here.
International students should click here, register on the website, choose 2nd Cycle, Organic Unit: Faculty of Humanities,Master Degree on European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society.

EuroMACHS is an European Masters degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society. Check this post to know more about the programme.

Below, you have the requirements with the information about vacancies, application’s deadlines and documentation:

  1. Vacancies
    1. 1st Round of Applications: 5 vacancies
    2. 2nd Round of Applications: 15 vacancies plus the ones that were not fulfilled in the 1st phase
    3. 3rd Round of Applications: vacancies that were not fulfilled in the previous phases
    4. Extra Round of Applications: vacancies that were not fulfilled in the previous phases
  2. Minimum number of students to open the programme: 6 students
  3. Applications deadlines:
    1. 1st Round of Applications: 15th of March to 30th of April 2014
    2. 2nd Round of Applications: 1st of June to 15th of July 2014
    3. 3rd Round of Applications: 15th of August to 5th of September 2014
    4. Extra Round of Applications: 15th to 31st of September 2014
  4. Requirements of Admission:
    1. Degree in History, Art History, Archeology or a degree from the area of Cultural Heritage
    2. The applicant should be fluent in English (written and spoken) and should have basic computer skills.
    3. The applicants should attach to the application form the certificates that prove these qualifications
    4. Applicants with a degree in another area can apply if they demonstrate adequate educational, scientific or professional training
  5. Evaluation of Applicants
    1. Degree classification (factor: 5/10)
    2. Curriculum Vitae (factor: 4/10)
    3. Applicant’s motivation (factor: 1/10)
  6. Documentation needed
    1. Copy of National Identification Card or Passport
    2. Motivation letter explaining why the applicant wants to apply
    3. Curriculum Vitae in the Europass format (
    4. Degree certificate with the final grade
    5. Certificate with the approved classes and their grades
    6. If the applicant already made some classes of an equivalent degree and wants those classes to be credit, the applicant should attach a document with the number of hours taken and the grades of those class
    7. Regarding International Students, these documents should be authenticated by the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in the origin country or with the  Hague Apostille Convention
    8. If these documents are not in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English, they should be translated to Portuguese by a translator recognised by the Portuguese Diplomatic Representation
  7. Fee per year: 1250€
  8. Inscription as part time student: yes
  9. Selection Board: Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho
  10. Other Informations:
    1. In 2014-15, the University of Cologne will not offer the programme
    2. These programme of studies opens every second year
    3. Application fee: 50€
    4. Online applications:
    5. More info:;

Applications Open for EuroMACHS International Master Degree #Creativity #Heritage #Innovation #New Media

EuroMACHS master degree was created to deal with the demand for a new type of heritage professional:

First cycle graduates in Humanites that wish to develop a versatile combination of knowledge, skills and competences that will allow them to communicate both with content specialists and technological experts to create, design, plan and manage effectively complex projects for the multimedia industry, cultural institutions and governmental agencies.

Euromachs 2012 from EuroMACHS on Vimeo.

EuroMACHS is a joint international Master Degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society, between the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, the University of Salento in Italy, the University of Turku in Finland and the University of Graz in Austria. Each of these universities bring to EuroMACHS their expertise, either through the common online seminar or through the students exchange.

The students complete the first semester in their university of enrollment. In the second semester, they can go to one of the other universities, depending on their own research interests. Thus, if your are interested in:

  • Computer games and multimedia products based on historical content, you’ll probably choose Coimbra;
  • Geographic information systems applied to History and Heritage, you’ll prefer to choose Salento;
  • E-leaning on the fields of Heritage and History, Heritage and Digital Culture, then you’ll want to go to Turku;
  • Historical information and documentation science, your choice will be Graz.

You can check the several classes and optional paths in this page.

In the last two semesters, students return to their universities of enrollment to write their theses. During this last year, students can also have the opportunity to make an internship. This will allow the student to gain a more insightful view of the professional context.

EuroMACHS is committed to prepare the students for the working context. At University of Coimbra, during the second semester, students have a project management’s class, where they will be part of the process of the creation of a digital product related with heritage. This can be a mobile app, a film, a 3D digital reconstruction, a series of podcasts, etc.

EuroMACHS has been cited as an example of creativity and innovation, by the European Commission, and as an example of best practices, by EPOCH, a network of excellence in open cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the master had already a spin-off: iClio, a company dedicated to the creation and publication of content related to History, Heritage and Culture, was created by former EuroMACHS’ students.

If you want to be part of EuroMACHS, you can apply through University of Coimbra until 30th of April.
Portuguese students can follow the steps here.
International students should click here, register on the website, choose 2nd Cycle, Organic Unit: Faculty of Humanities,Master Degree on European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society.

Questions and guidance can be asked through email (, Facebook or Twitter.

Workshop: Digital Rights and Cultural Heritage

Open Access, IPR and management of rights in the digital Cultural Heritage realm was the workshop organised by the CreativeCH project, within the international known conference Museums and the Web, held in Florence, Italy, last February.

The panel, moderated by Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho, from University of Coimbra, was comprised by several experts in different areas, enriching and bringing different perspectives about the theme.

Martin Alvarez Espinar, head of the advisory board of the ePSI platform, talked about the reuse and innovation, in the Public Sector in Europe; Martijn Pronk, head of publications department of Rijksmuseum, shared the new approach taken by the museum; Helena Patrício, director of special collections and National Digital Library, added the perspectives of the National Library of Portugal in digitisation funding; and Julia Fallon, IPR & policy advisor from Europeana, focused on the issues related with the Public Domain.

Go to the CreativeCH website to download the presentations and get more info about the workshop.


Win a trip to Pilsen, Czech Republic #IndustrialHeritage

The participant with the best contribution to the CHIEF forum topic “Models for S&T-CH-CCI Cooperation” will be able to travel to the Creative Cultural Heritage workshop happening following the European Heritage Days, held in the context of the preparation of Pilsen 2015 - European Capital of Culture.

To enter in this competition, you just need to register in the CHIEF forum and make an entry in the discussion theme “Models for S&T-CH-CCI Cooperation”, by the 15th of August of 2013.

This entry must be original, must relate with the opportunities and challenges in the revitalization and communication of industrial heritage sites, should not be longer than 700 words, and can be:

a) a presentation of a Cultural Heritage project, either executed with your participation or an idea that could be implemented;
b) an idea for a collaborative Cultural Heritage project;
c) a suggestion for the local CreativeCH Showcases.

To register in the CHIEF forum, click here.

After registering, you can submit your entry in either of the following topics or by creating a new topic here:

Detailed rules of this award can be found at:

Open Data Day: want to join?

Next Saturday, 23th of February, the Open Data Day will be celebrated around the world with several hackthons:

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applicationsliberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Check the wiki to see what will happen in your city and join in.

If you are in Portugal, the Open Data Day will be celebrated by the Transparência Hackday in Porto [website in Portuguese]. The workgroup already created several projects with open data like “Demo.Cratica“, an easy way to browse the portuguese parliament’s documents, “Despesa Pública“, that allows citizens to browse through the public contracts or GeoDevolutas, that maps empty homes.

In today’s world of abundance, access to data is not enough. We need to create tools that can work that data and present it in a meaningful way.

Calls for Papers/Posters and Videos: 18th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies

A call for papers/posters and videos to the 18th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, that will take place in Vienna, Austria, between 11th and 13th of November of 2013 are now open.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Urban Archaeology and Correct Documentation” with several categories that go from data standards and services for sharing archaeological documentation to 3D computer renderings and multimedia.

Check the conference’s website for more information here.


Google Cultural Institute: online exhibitions

The latest project from Google Cultural Institute is the launch of 42 online exhibitions concerning several historical events.

Google is partnering with several museums and cultural heritage institutions around the world to allow them to make available video, images and text – some of them online for the first time – about major events of the past century in context and in an engaging way – the website is a great experience on a tablet.

Each exhibition features a narrative which links the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives, nuances and tales behind these events. – in Google Blog

Rijks Studio: Rijks Museum opens up high res collection free to all

Rijksmuseum launched the Rijks Studio, a beautiful designed website that invites the members of the public to create new works by reusing the digitized masterpieces of the museum.

The museum made available 125,000 works in high resolution free to use: members of the public can download the images and use them to create and decorate other objects from posters to smartphone & tablet covers, T-shirts or even their car:


And if you are a developer, you can register for a Rijksmuseum API. Check this webpage to see some of the mobile and web apps that were already created with Rijksmuseum’s content.

Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections, said: ”The Rijksmuseum is a museum for and of everyone, and with the launch of Rijks Studio we are excited to share the extensive collection with art lovers around the world using the latest digital technology. We created Rijks Studio based on the belief that the collection of the Rijksmuseum belongs to us all. The collection inspires, we want to unleash the artist in everyone.”

Go to Rijks Studio and start creating new works!


Call: 18th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies

The main theme of the 18th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies will be “Documentation” and the calls to organise and chair a Session, Workshop or Round Table are open until 20th  January 2013 (call proposal 200-300 words). See below the call and check the Conference website too.

Urban Archaeology and “Correct” documentation

Documenting the Data

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

(Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”)


Documentation of archaeological and cultural heritage sites is at the heart of the archaeological process and an important component in cultural heritage research and presentation. It is an essential step without which interpretation and analysis are not possible. It is what makes archaeology and cultural heritage “scientific”.

Maybe we are storytellers. If so, the  type of story we tell is heavily influenced by our way of collecting and organising our archaeological data.

But can we speak about CORRECT documentation or should we talk only about usable and non-usable documentation?

The contemporary field is plagued by the involvement of operators each with their own new tools. They propose solutions and suggest methods but are often in blissful ignorance of the past investigations of the item, site or cultural heritage they are working on. New technology, however, has to support our research. Its use still depends on what we want to know next (our research). The best solution is to have an underpinning of basic documentation that allows any new researcher to easily access the core record. Then they can then enrich the documentation with the results of their new method, analysis and ideas.

It may be possible to build the ultimate recording system, but the information we feed it is always potentially unreliable. How do we knowwhen our record is good – has integrity? What indicates that it might be bad – lacking integrity?

Models are there to be used, not believed. Documentation is always for a certain purpose and depending on that purpose, a set of documentation may be regarded as good or bad, as “fit for purpose”. There will never be absolute “true”, “correct” or “right” documentation.

An abstract model of documentation should consist of the attributes we record of the real world traits that we observe. The set of attributes that we choose to record (out of the infinite set of possibilities) are the ones that our current state of knowledge and our research aims (and therefore designs) suggest will be the most useful to our current research aims/agenda. If we want to reuse data beyond the current research project/agenda then we must be very explicit about why, how and what we record. This is the so called “para” data and goes beyond meta data to include the “how” and “why” of data capture.

There are also very important points which should be should be considered.

1.      Documentation should be available for scientific research

2.      Documentation should be comparable with old and future documents

3.      Documentation can be used for monitoring and preservation of national cultural heritage

4.      Documentation has to be suitable to fight illicit actions. Without a good documentation it is hard or impossible to find stolen objects.

5.      Documentation has to enable repair or reconstruction, at least virtually


Documentation is the main topic of this year’s conference and an import issue to consider in all our work.

We would like to ask for “Session proposals” that invite researchers using new technologies to come forward and discuss what documentation they are using and why.

Deadline: 20th January 2013

Abstract: 200-300 words (

Notification: 30th January 2013