Through interconnecting the treasures of cultural, scientific and educational content, EEXCESS will help teachers and students to find more and better information and present this information in more engaging ways and means.

The following example demonstrates how a high school student will benefit from the technologies based on EEXCESS research:

Bob is an 18-year-old high school student from Liestal, Switzerland. He is a digital native, experienced in using web based tools at his disposal and not afraid of using new technologies. On the other hand, he has no or only limited experience when it comes to research methodology.

For his history class, Bob has to prepare a presentation on the subject of “Heimposamenterei in the canton Basel-Land” (“Heimposamenterei” is a term used for professional weaving at home. It was a very common, secondary labour for families in the canton during the 18th and 19th century.) To get resources for this task, Bob navigates on using a standard internet-browser on his home computer. He enters a query using the term “Webstuhl” or “loom” in order to get information on that specific object. He expects basic information on the loom, the act of weaving and maybe some historic background-information, which he can integrate into his work.

The EEXCESS service will route the initial query, and maybe even the results delivered by Wikipedia, to the recommender system, which will then return detailed information on the subject and its overall context. These additional resources will be presented to Bob within Wikipedia, for instance as tag-clouds, links or pictures displayed in the sidebar.

As the recommender system does not only know his search query, but has information on Bob’s location (either by reading his user-profile or by using his provider’s IP for geolocation), it will also return links to nearby institutions that provide information on the loom or maybe even hold such a piece for their exhibition. Bob might even find out that the Museum.BL in Liestal currently exhibits on the subject. Or that he could learn how to weave using an ancient loom at the museum in Reigoldswil.

The additional information helps Bob to author his presentation, which he can now augment with in-depth information and maybe even practical examples.

EEXCESS technologies will…
…recommend specific objects (e.g. photos, videos, texts etc.) that are related to the subject and held by local institutions.
…provide information on where to look at/use those objects in a museum nearby.
…provide information on where to get additional, first-hand information on those objects.

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