Today I am presenting you with a very exciting project that is taking shape these days around Europe, PLUGGY: an inventive Social Networking site for cultural heritage. I do not know if you have heard of it, but I am sure you will do in the future. Their immediate goal is the creation of a Facebook-like social platform and a series of smartphone apps, in order to promote and encourage the involvement of citizens in safeguarding their local cultural environment. And the idea sounds great to me, and very necessary as well.
This is a topic I have been actually researching in the last year, and I have in press a paper on the role new technologies can play in the diffusion and defence of the cultural heritage, a study I will be sharing with you very soon. We all carry a smartphone today. Perhaps you are reading this from one right now. We have no mobile phones any more, but handheld computers that happen to make phone calls, and in my case not very often. So imagine a project that aims at the creation of a social network and a series of apps, (augmented reality, geolocation, 3D Sonic narratives and collaborative games) that you can carry in your pocket all the time. For me it is impossible not to be excited about it, especially, as a map maker, about the geolocation app.
The had the kick-off meeting in Athens the 12th and the 13th of this month, and although work is still getting organised, you can find some information about the project in their Facebook and webpages, as well as following them on twitter:
Have a look and follow the project. I think this is going to be just great. I can only hope the first releases arrive very soon!