So-Close Toolbox

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So-Close Toolbox

The SO-CLOSE Tools are...

Digital cultural heritage storytelling platforms...

Specially designed for migration heritage bya multidisciplinary Consortium, cultural institutions, policy makers, academics, refugees and NGO’s representatives.

Aiming to serve as an amplifier for the refugees’ voices and their reality, in an enriched context, with content related to the forced displacement heritage of the host societies.

Promoting co-creation and collaborative approaches through participatory methodologies and user contribution features, to empower communities.

Integrating state-of-the-art storytelling formatsinto new hybrid narratives about migrationand heritage.

...designed with user-centredfeatures.

Modular structures that may be selected, shuffled and repeated to customise the content display.

Accessibility features to allow access to people with functional diversity.

Interoperability with external digital ecosystems that grant the content’s future preservation.

Replicability to guarantee that the tools may beused to create multiple independent projects.

Free to use version for any cultural or educational institution, NGO and civil group focused on migration.

Interactive story map

Storytelling based on maps, with interactive visual elements and textual resources. In the SO-CLOSE story map geography is the main narrative thread that links forced displacements itineraries to create a dialogue between the local societies’ memories and the present-day experiences, in a comparative way. Institutions that use the platform will be able to design journeys with customisable itineraries, choose between political and geographical maps and use modules for image juxtaposition and 360º images and videos display.

Immersive web documentary

Photography, video and immersive recordings are the protagonists of this tool. The SO-CLOSE web documentary builds immersive multimedia experiences, enhancing the potential to create empathy and emotional storytelling. Its strong visual component allows cultural institutions to compose strong digital narratives about migration heritage, while offering features such as a video-introduction trailer, video gallery modules for the chapters, customisable chapters sequence and an integrated 360 images and video viewer.

Participatory virtual exhibition 

A traditional storytelling concept translated intoa digital format and enriched with user-contribution features. The SO-CLOSE virtual exhibition is a platform that aims to offer versatility to the cultural institutions and to promote a collaborative approach through crowdsourcing initiatives, empowering communities to share heritage elements in selected exhibitions. Its characteristics include modular panels, a 3D viewer, a newsfeed section, a self-generated items gallery with faceted search and forms specially designed foruser-contributions collection and publishing.

The Memory CenterPlatform (MCP)

MCP is an interactive platform that will gather materials created by SO CLOSE in different locations to connect them with similar initiatives and reach broader and different targets (academic, arts, public authorities, and the whole society). This technological platform will be created in the SO CLOSE project with perspectives of accessibility, reuse and sustainability, and it will provide a set of services to facilitate the access and management of all digital content stored.




SO-CLOSE Project



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The project “Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations – SO-CLOSE” will last 3 years. The mission of the project is to contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters between similar life stories, through the mediation of innovative digital and artistic tools. Based on theories of cultural heritage-making, exposing the commonalities of past and present experiences, listening to the target groups’ needs and through the development of a methodology template of co-creative design of replicable digital tools and cultural products, SO-CLOSE will improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities.

SO-CLOSE offers the right milieu of peaceful and trustworthy mediation in which to develop cultural encounters among all those with histories of forceful displacement. Taking a collaborative and participatory approach, the project will encourage the local communities (including, where possible, survivors from past forced migrations) and the refugees have recently arrived for discussion and exchange of views.

The resulting data and methodology will be used to develop several digital applications, for which purpose we have in our consortium strong technological partners with experience in this field. Working at the intersection of history, sociology, cultural studies, art and computer science, SO-CLOSE will design educational and cultural tool like interactive cookbooks, interactive documentaries based on immersive video recording, AI-powered Chatbots, interactive exhibitions based on personal memories and storytelling or an online platform, named Memory Center, built as a content aggregator and services platform.

SO-CLOSE development will be implemented in four different pilot locations, selected due to their similarities with the present and for the actual existence of memory and intangible cultural heritage:

  • VDA, Krakow (Poland)
  • Trikeri Island Concentration Camp (Greece)
  • MUME - Exile Memorial Museum (Spain)
  • MONTE Marzabotto (Italy)

Planned Memory Center interactive platform with its embedded repository of multimedia content and advances services, will be a global instrument transforming old-fashioned museums in Living Labs through designing new cultural experiences based on the cultural heritage of refugees addressing to generate social awareness. The Memory Center guarantees the sustainability of the general public's access to the results of the Project beyond its completion.


More information of SO-CLOSE:


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