Euregio Karelia: Museum Hypertext

The project “Euregio Karelia: Museum Hypertext” contributes to increasing the general perception of the region and its presentation as a special area on the cultural map of Europe with its historical and cultural specific character, internal and external connections of the cities and regions of Karelia on both sides of the border.

The project unites 12 organizations, out of them 8 museums, including 4 museum of the Republic of Karelia and 4 museums from the region of North Karelia, Finland. The project is implemented within the ENPI CBC Karelia 2007-2013 framework, financed by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

The following deliverables have been done by the project:

Read more about ”Euregio Karelia Museum hypertext” project at the official web site

About the system:

We are glad to present you the museum information system "Open Karelia", developed within the framework of "Euregio Karelia - Museum hypertext" project. The system is up and running already in museums of Euregion Karelia. It is free and open for joining new museums from Russia, Europe and CIS countries. We are grateful for comments and suggestions on how to improve the system. The system development is ongoing process and we welcome your participation.

The system enables any user to easy access all museum content, regardless of a brand and operating system (Android, iPhone, etc.) of the mobile phone or tablet. The system does not require installation of additional applications. At the same time thanks to advanced web technologies we provide user with all standard means of support and ensure general scalability of the system. The system data could be accessed directly from museum, just take a shot of QR-code by the camera of your device using any standard QR-reader program and you will get the space of museum information system. The system is also accessible from the touch screen information kiosks located in the museum and from your home PC. Moreover, the system provides traveler with outdoor support by automatically identify user's location and advising the nearby objects.

Smart search and analysis of data are the key features of the system. We make sure that the system is giving what you are looking for with minimal effort on your side. This is not an easy task, as for device it is very challenging to interpret users’ wishes and define what is really desired. However, development of information systems in this direction is the obvious trend of the time, and our system fully matching to it. We understand that too much information would confuse a user, so the system offers number of advices that are based on various sets of parameters, defined based on experience of museum experts.

For museum staff:

Data input to the museum system could be done manually or by automated import from various reliable public sources that contains relevant content. For example, the system provides automated import from Finnish museum system “Musket”, and associated articles from Wikipedia. The system is the first example of partnering Finnish and Russian museums on creating joint museum database, which is all-time synchronized and serves to the common interest of the whole region. The automated data input is one of enablers that connect museum system with the outside world and so replacing traditionally very static museum database information by changing modern data array that stays up-to-date and provides a lot of supporting information.

The system provides tools to assist museum visitors to form personalized tour in the exhibition. This is achieved by recommendations and stories mechanism that groups objects in the exposition, based on experience of museum experts. With permission of the museum, the system enables 3rd party developers to access content and so allows delivering new services to the museum visitors. This opens museum services market to the public and SMEs and results in delivery of the new generation of services for the tourists. It also helps in keeping data up-to-date as part of content work is done by the community and companies for their services and the museum staff could focus on selecting and approving new content.

The aim of the system to create a single interface for managing museum information and representation of relevant to the user information in most convenient way, enhanced by the open sources in Internet:

By delivering interactive virtual extension of the exposure, e.g., reconstructions of lost or temporarily unavailable artifacts, objects of cultural heritage and even regions in historical perspective.

For technicians:

The Open Karelia system is built based on Geo2Tag platform (world's most popular open source LBS platform). The system follows principles of Web 3.0 + LBS, it is maximizing freedom of search based on personal preference and not limiting information to ensure freedom of choice. The system provides advanced geo-location tools and libraries for automated processing of content received from various sources. The source code is open for free downloading and has the following characteristics:

Invitation to join the Open Karelia system

As the name suggests - the Open Karelia museum system is open for new members, which could come not only from the Euregion Karelia, but from any region of Russia, Europe and the CIS. The new museum-participants do not need to pay entry fee nor purchasing software. This system is the best solution for creating regional and local networks of museums, as it allows easily complementing the exhibition by external information, while preserving local context and individuality.

In addition to the basic functionality of the museum information system, the delivered kit includes a number of additional services including: educational and entertaining games, historical reconstruction, etc. The new museum-members could for free use already created modules, by simply entering own content into the system. The system development is already supported by large museum community and FRUCT Association. The content and open modules of the system can be used by 3rd party developers to create own services on top of the system (games, multimedia guides and so on).

In you want to join the system please write the request to and we will send you required practical information to get started. Looking forward to see you as a member of our open museum community