Memory Center Platform, an interactive digital platform that brings the experiences of migrants and displaced people closer together
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, SO-CLOSE Consortium
Multimodal and multilingual digital platform that collects heritages, testimonies, experiences and narratives around the phenomena of displacement and forced migration in order to help build complex identities and foster social cohesion between refugees and European host societies.
It harnesses the benefits of innovative digital and artistic tools to facilitate cultural exchange, storing and managing a wide range of content (documents, videos, images, texts). It is available in 6 languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Greek and Polish) and is accessible to institutions, academics, artists and the general public.
This software platform represents the final archive of all the content produced throughout the life of the So-Close project, so of cultural heritage on refugees and migrants. In fact, it is the culmination of the project: it stores and makes it possible to search, view, share, download and aggregate the materials created. Thus, the MCP contains digital maps, virtual exhibitions that allow the sharing of tangible and intangible elements of the countries of origin and host countries, and interactive and immersive video documentaries. In this sense, the MCP interacts with the three digital tools created during the project –Storymap, Webdoc and Exhibition– with the aim of sharing and pooling cultural heritage. Apart from preserving and gathering all these generated contents, it also connects them with similar initiatives thanks to the social network tracker and allows the user to be a co-creator of new cultural materials.
In addition, this platform provides a number of basic accessibility functions –such as font size modification or font adaptation for people with dyslexia, among others– for people with functional diversity. These functions can be easily activated by users.
The MCP is part of the So-Close project with a duration of 3 years which ended in December 2022. This project, focused on forced migration –past and present– in Europe, was born out of the desire to highlight the experience of agents and victims and to generate content on migration heritage. It is thus based on the understanding that sharing cultural heritage is a valuable resource for the construction of complex identities. The main objective is to promote social cohesion between refugees and European host societies through innovative digital and artistic tools.
Level of implementation
The MCP is accessible, integrates materials created locally during the project and enables the active participation of refugees in the process of framing and implementing cultural heritage. Furthermore, efforts are currently underway to include it in the searchable content of other existing platforms such as Europeana.