The project

The MOVIO project intends to put together a kit for the staging of online virtual exhibitions comprising:

  • An open-source software called CMS MOVIO for the staging of online virtual exhibitions
  • The CMS MOVIO version for mobiles (microsites), iPhone and Android smartphones, and iPads.
  • The App version for the most widespread mobile platforms (iMOVIO)
  • Online tutorials and training in the use of CMS MOVIO, CMS MOVIO for mobiles and iMOVIO and in the implementation of the guidelines on the staging of virtual online exhibitions
  • Two pilot projects comprising two virtual online exhibitions of great interest put together using the MOVIO software, with digital contents made available by authoritative Italian cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Italian Unification and the Historical Archives of the Telecom Italia Foundation.

More specifically, the general guidelines that we intend to follow for MOVIO are:

  • Designing a tool that can manage in an integrated manner all of the contents to be displayed and that highlights how such contents are related, encouraging non-sequential navigation, in keeping with the dictates of the web 3.0
  • Creating added-value tools that can be of use
  • Creating an information and communication tool that is modular and flexible, and that can be enhanced and updated over time
  • Adopting a distinctive, clean, clear, elegant, and easily recognized graphic design, that fits in with the visual identity of the subjects involved and meets usability and accessibility criteria
  • Developing easy and immediate navigation that makes it possible to find information quickly
  • Creating a stimulating environment where users can orient themselves easily thanks to thematic and functional navigation profiles.
  • Allowing the possibility of creating diversified, linked navigation profiles to meet the varied needs of users: discovery, study, research.

CMS MOVIO will be designed as a tool to promote the accessibility and use of digital cultural contents from the exhibition or cultural itinerary that one aims to present. The "virtual exhibition" will thus be intended as an environment for discovering the various works on display, but also the themes related to them, and it will provide ways to interpret the latter through specific itineraries, defined by the curator, that can valorise and make accessible available data through various digital objects (text, images, audio, video etc.), in keeping with the following strategic goals:

  • Consultation of the works of art that comprise the "virtual exhibition"
  • Provision of information services and high-added-value tools on digital cultural contents, which aim to encourage users to return to the web application
  • Enhancement of the accessibility and usability of the works of art on the part of the various user categories through the most widespread web and mobile technologies
  • Identification of the “exhibition" distinctive, clean, clear, elegant, and easily recognized graphic design that fits in with the institutional image of the Institute curating the exhibition.

With reference to the contents and the purposes of the “virtual exhibition”, the potential users of information services provided can be grouped in the following categories:

  • Generic users: local, national, and international
  • Specialized users: scholars and researchers
  • Institutional users: cultural institutions and public bodies
  • Educational users: children and teachers for educational purposes.