CHESS at Museums & the Web 2015

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150409 MW15 mr-presentation 43 smThe CHESS project's extensive participatory design work with users (e.g., museum professionals) was presented on April 9th by Dr Maria Roussou to a large audience at Museums and the Web 2015. The full paper 'The museum as digital storyteller: Collaborative participatory creation of interactive digital experiences' is accessible at:


A great article by Museum Hack about this paper is here:

CHESS awarded one of the 12 Étoiles de l’Europe!

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The CHESS project was honored with one of the 12 innovation Stars of Europe (corresponding to the twelve stars of the European flag), an award given by the French Ministry of Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.

For CHESS, the award was received by Dr. Olivier Balet (pictured), coordinator of the project, at a ceremony held on December 16, 2014 in Paris, at the Musée du Quai Branly

Following the ceremony, Dr. Balet said: "CHESS is not only an amazing project, it is also an incredible team of talents from all over Europe and wonderful persons I am so happy I have met! What an adventure!"

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CHESS at the eCult Winter Stage 2014

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141210 eCultWS14 CHESS 494 smThe CHESS project was featured as one of the central projects of the 2-day eCult Ambassadors Winter Stage, held at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on December 8th & 9th, 2014.


CHESS at the Stedelijk Museum

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Dr. Akrivi Katifori and Mr. Vassilis Kourtis of the University of Athens, along with museum staff from the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, used CHESS to design and develop a mobile visitor experience as part of the eCult Value project's Living Labs initiative. The experience was deployed and evaluated at the Stedelijk Museum in November 2014.

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141103 icids14 53 smThe CHESS project travelled to Singapore in early November to participate in the 7th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2014), the premier international conference on interactive digital storytelling.

The University of Athens' researchers Dr. Akrivi Katifori, Ms. Maria Vayanou, and Mr. Vassilis Kourtis gave a demonstration of CHESS, and presented a full paper titled "Authoring Personalized Interactive Museum Stories".

Photos from the demo and paper abstract can be found in the Photo Gallery and Scientific Papers sections respectively.

CHESS in the Guardian's list of 10 global R&D projects that are changing arts and culture!

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The Guardian logoThe CHESS project is featured in the Guardian newspaper's list of favourite Research and Development (R&D) projects (online, Cultural Professionals Network section, Friday 20 June 2014).

Specifically, about CHESS, the newspaper article writes: "The Acropolis Museum in Athens together with the Cité de l'Espace, a science centre in Toulouse, is experimenting with providing personalised storytelling for visitors based on their exhibitions. Beyond the development phase, visitors will be invited to download an app and complete a profile for themselves, which will develop a story-led route around the museum that uncovers hidden layers of relevant information to them during their visit. For example, according to age, gender or occupation. The tool, which is funded by the European Union, is designed to encourage interaction and engagement." View the full article at:

Earlier this year, in April, the Guardian featured an article about the CHESS project titled "Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums."