Call for participants – New programme helps museums kickstart digital transformation

© Image: Insung Yoon A girl is using a pair of VR goggles in a gallery space. The child is smiling and the goggles mirror the smile with happy eyes animation.

© Image: Insung Yoon

Small and medium sized museums are encouraged to apply to an incubation programme that will provide museums access to expertise, support and funding to develop and implement digital pilots. The two-phase programme is offered by DOORS – Digital Incubator for Museums. Submissions of pilot proposals are welcome until 13 February 2022.

The DOORS incubation programme will run from April to June 2022 and it presents an unique opportunity for the strategic advancement of small and medium-sized museums interested in accomplishing a digital transformation, accessing international expertise and funding to start and/or support their digital journeys. Proposals of digital pilots must be developed in one of the following innovation areas:

  • Innovating audience analysis and engagement
  • New content distribution and revenue models
  • Strategies for integrating infrastructures
  • Experimental ICT programmes

Types of digital pilot activities could target different fields of digitalisation in museums such as collections and asset management, content production and preservation, access control and mediation, marketing and sales, communication, administration and governance, human resources, technical and IT infrastructure. Applicants can for instance submit proposals targeting digital innovation for online services (digital presence on the web and mobile access), for onsite services (including ICT such as big data or machine learning for analysing day-to-day processes or audiences) and services that bridge online and onsite worlds.

40 museums will be selected to participate in the first phase of the incubation programme focused on shared learning. In the second phase, 20 out of the 40 museums will be selected to get support and funding to implement their digital pilots.

  • Learn more and apply online. Deadline to apply: 13 February 2022.
  • Join an info-session on 25 January 2022 from 15:00-16:00 CET. Click here to register.

The Horizon 2020 funded project and learning and granting opportunity DOORS – Digital Incubator for Museums is designed and implemented by NEMO member MUSEUM BOOSTER together with Ars Electronica and Ecsite