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From dazzling displays of dance to classic paintings that form part of a country’s heritage; there’s a whole array of European cultural content stored online. But until now there has been limited access to these creations on digital platforms for the general public and opportunities to use them to inspire and educate others have been lacking.
The European Space (ESpace) Project – coordinated by a team led by our Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) – has been addressing this issue by looking at the creative reuse of digital cultural heritage. The three-year project has been funded by the EU to increase and enhance the creative industries’ use and reuse of digital cultural content and Europeana – an EU digital platform for cultural heritage - by delivering a range of online resources. A variety of new tools have been created to help achieve all this.
As part of the project, researchers at C-DaRE teamed up with partners from New University Lisbon and IN2 (Search Interfaces Development Ltd) to create DancePro, a digital annotation tool. It allows people to inscribe on top of live streamed and recorded dance footage so artists and other dance professionals can notate their work and draw attention to key features. The tool gives another way of communicating choreographic thinking and has great potential for use in educational contexts.
The researchers also launched the DanceSpaces tool, which helps people search, collate and organise dance content and has been used to develop virtual exhibitions, specialist educational resources and expansive collections of online and personal content.
Other aspects of the project – which involves 29 partners from across Europe - include a virtual ‘pop-up’ interactive exhibition (MuPop), and a variety of online resources to help share best practice for using, reusing and sharing digital cultural content.
The long term aim has been to help launch new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the sector across the continent. The E-SPACE portal is the project’s open access platform that continues to provide users with access to a wide range of content, for building their own collections and for sharing digital cultural content.