A framework for handling (multimedia) information items

Michela Negrini, USI, italy, Nicoletta Di Blas, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Paolo Paolini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

This paper is about an ambitious project revolving around Leonardo da Vinci’s Sala delle Asse, at the Sforza Castle in Milano. The Sala delle Asse is a magnificent hall for which Leonardo designed an incredible decoration, where trees from the walls launch up interleaving branches and leaves on the ceiling, with knots binding them together. The hall is currently under restoration and it is the municipality’s as well as the sponsor’s wish to properly communicate this project throughout a number of channels: web site, paper brochure, podcast, youtube, audio guides on site, multimedia guide on site, interactive apps for Apple and Android….

The challenge is to convey quite different topics (history, art-history assessment, diagnostic techniques, restoration techniques, archived documents…) to different audiences through a number of channels.
The typical approach would be to create tailored solutions for each scenario of use, with a number of pitfalls: high cost for the cultural institution, multiplication of authoring efforts, confusion for the user (who oftentimes experiences incoherence across the various communication channels), incompleteness, etc.

TEC-LAB and HOC-LAB, in charge of the Leonardo’s project, have been working for more than six years at a different approach, where content is re-used and repurposed in a cost-effective way, guaranteeing cost savings and consistency across various channels.

The paper will introduce the framework for an effective production and reuse of content items, showing how it is being applied in the case of Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse (with samples of the on-going production).

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