MEMEX is a 3 years Horizon 2020 research project under grant agreement No 870743 coordinated by Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia with a group of 9 partners from technological, social, and cultural sectors. The project promotes social cohesion through collaborative, heritage-related tools that provide inclusive access to tangible and intangible cultural heritage and, at the same time, facilitate encounters, discussions, and interactions between communities at risk of social exclusion. These tools will empower communities of people with the possibility of welding together their fragmented experiences and memories into compelling and geolocalized storylines using new personalized digital content linked to the pre-existent European Cultural Heritage. The methodology as well as the mobile app of MEMEX will allow the communities to tell their stories and to claim their rights and equal participation in European society.
The target communities of MEMEX are socially fragile people that are systematically blocked from various cultural opportunities and resources that are normally available to members of a different group, and which are fundamental to social integration. To work with those people, MEMEX deploys three pilots to analyze different expectations: migrant women in Barcelona (Spain), Portuguese first and second-generation migrants in Lisbon (Portugal), and inhabitants in priority neighborhoods in the 19th district of Paris (France).
MEMEX Policy Briefs
Two policy briefs have been prepared by MEMEX. They aim to target policymakers from local to European level to set up coordinated actions responding to actual needs, to ultimately affect political decision-making and programming. The policy briefs written for MEMEX are written by European Center for Cultural Organization and Management with the support of Michael Culture Association.
The first policy brief focuses on capacity-building actions to be supported by policymakers, aiming to pave the way for discussion between cultural and social organizations and policymakers at the local to the European level. The second one focuses on the assessment of socio-cultural projects with the use of the Societal Readiness Levels (SRLs), an innovative tool assessing projects from a social point of view.