Where History meets IT

The KIWI and Orpailleur teams from the LORIA Laboratory (CNRS) were part of the H2020 European project CrossCult: Empowering reuse of digital cultural heritage in context-aware crosscuts of European history (2015-2019). This project aimed to spur a change in the way European citizens appraise History.

It fostered the re-interpretation of what citizens may have learnt in the light of cross-border interconnections among pieces of cultural heritage, other citizens' viewpoints and physical venues.

It sought to increase retention, stimulate reflection and help citizens appreciate their common past and present in a more holistic manner.

Technology and mobile apps were used and a user-friendly and a cost-efficient tool for experience designers, museum experts and external stakeholders, has been developed.

In this context, we contributed to the design of the user modeling and recommender services, taking into account the museum, humanities and technical constraints when designing the user modeling and recommender services. It led the design and implementation of a model which infers visitor’s characteristics from his/her trajectory inside the museum. Likewise, we worked on the design and implementation of a model which analyses the visitor’s interactions with the items in the app and infers interests of users, and of a path recommender system in a multi-objective context (visitor’s preferences, visitor’s temporal and physical constraints, reflective topics).