Museums' Experiences in Creating Cultural Narrations Using the AthenaPlus Tool Called MOVIO


  • Sam Habibi Minelli
  • Iva Meštrović
  • Petra Milovac
  • Orsolya Veress
  • Donatas Snarskis
  • Jovita Vilimaitiene Historian, Deputy-Head of Photography Department of Siauliai “Ausros” Museum.
  • Linnéa Karlberg Lundin
  • Karin Glasemann
  • Piot Kożurno
  • Marek Wieczorek


AthenaPlus, digital exhibitons, cultural heritage, MOVIO, Siauliai Ausros Museum and the Lithuanian Art Museums, Royal Armoury and the National Museum, Sweden, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Museums of Fine Arts, Hungarian National Gallery


The European funded project AthenaPlus is aimed at providing new tools to support cultural institutions to narrate their resources. This article briefly recounts the experience of museums using the AthenaPlus tool MOVIO. Some of the project pilots described their experience using this innovative platform for narrating their cultural resources. The reader will find here the description of the exhibitions made independently by each of the cultural institutions, the description of the target audiences, the use they made of MOVIO, and their plans and advice for future usage. The article describes the curators' experience using and publishing digital exhibitions.

Author Biographies

Sam Habibi Minelli

Sam Habibi Minelli graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Padua (Italy). He has been a project engineer and research project manager since more than 15 years. His expertise includes implementation, fundraising and exploitation, corporate partner engagement, internationalization and business intelligence, management of financial audits, and technical monitoring of projects. He has managed ICT research projects for technological innovation projects in the visual and multimedia and multilingual content retrieval domains as well as in cultural heritage domain. He contributed to the activities for the definition of image standards (JPEG2000) and metadata (IPTC). He is a business and marketing teacher at the most important Italian financial magazine Il Sole 24 ORE, where he teaches business innovation, marketing and business modelling and project management to master courses of professional customers. In 2013 he joined GruppoMeta, where he manages European funded projects.

Iva Meštrović

Iva Meštrović was born in 1986 in Zagreb, Croatia. She received her bachelor's degree in History of Art and Archaeology (2008) and her master's degree in History of Art (2011) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. Since 2011, she has been working at the Museum of Arts and Crafts as a curator at the Educational Department, Marketing Department, and on European projects Partage Plus and AthenaPlus.

Petra Milovac

Petra Milovac was born in 1987 in Split, Croatia. In 2009 she received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split. The same year she enrolled in the graduate Art History program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She received a master’s degree in History of Art and Art History Education at the University of Zagreb (2012) and the Radovan IvanÄević Award (2013) from DPUH (Croatian Society of Art Historians) for her graduate thesis. Since 2013 she has been working as a curator and a project officer on European projects Partage Plus and AthenaPlus at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb.

Orsolya Veress

Orsolya Veress is an art historian who works in the IT, Digital Media, and Photo Department of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery. Her main tasks (among others) are the maintenance of the museum’s database, and the training and supporting of the CMS users in the museum. She is also involved in the preparation of the museum’s new webpage, and in the creation of digital exhibitions.

Donatas Snarskis

Donatas Snarskis is a project coordinator and chief specialist at the Lithuanian Art Museum’s department the Centre for Information, Digitisation and LIMIS. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History from Vilnius University and Master’s degree in Project Management from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius.

Jovita Vilimaitiene, Historian, Deputy-Head of Photography Department of Siauliai “Ausros” Museum.

Jovita Vilimaitiene graduated from Vilnius University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in history in 2010 and a master’s degree in heritage protection in 2012. Since 2012 she has been working at the Photography Departament of the Siauliai „Ausros“ Museum. She is the Deputy-Head of the Photography Department and a curator of the collection of historical photographs. Her interests are the history of photography in principle particular and the digitisation of the cultural heritage in general.

Linnéa Karlberg Lundin

Linnéa Karlberg Lundin is Digital Coordinator at The Royal Armoury and Skokloster Castle and the Hallwyl Museum Foundation. She works among other things with the administration of the museum database, the museum image archive, and digital exhibitions.

Karin Glasemann

Karin Glasemann is responsible for the Digital Catalogue at Nationalmuseum and works with coordination digitization and digital accessibility of the museum’s collection information.

Piot Kożurno

Piotr Kożurno studied Physics and History of Art at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Earlier he attended piano classes in the music school. His professional interest in the history of art is focused on Medieval and 19th century architecture, and includes also photographic documentation of historical buildings. Since 2006 he has been working in the International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services, where he is the head of Documentation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage Department. He is involved in the European projects Michael, Athena, and Custodes, dealing with culture, digitisation of cultural objects, and promotion of art and culture. He is responsible for the Polish section of the international portal Michael-culture (register of digital collections from the memory institutions), as well as the database of architectural monuments collected in the pictures bank. He also is a contributor to Wikipedia and administrator of the photo forum in the local branch of the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza (e-edition).




How to Cite

Minelli, S. H., Meštrović, I., Milovac, P., Veress, O., Snarskis, D., Vilimaitiene, J., … Wieczorek, M. (2015). Museums’ Experiences in Creating Cultural Narrations Using the AthenaPlus Tool Called MOVIO. Uncommon Culture, 6(11), 67–87. Retrieved from



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