Digital Competences and Skills Workshop - Digital Culture, Europeana and Timișoara 2021

Workshop Digital Skills and Competences - Digital Culture, Europeana and Timișoara 2021 - 4th edition

The Politehnica University of TImisoara, through the Distance Education Centre, together with the Multimedia Centre have the pleasure to invite you

on 13th December 2019, between 11:00-16:30, in the Multipurpose room within the UPT Conference Centre, Vasile Pârvan, Blvd 2B, Timișoara.


Digital Skills and Competences

Digital Culture, Europeana and Timișoara 2021


What do creative industries represent and what is their impact regarding global economy? What are digital skills and how are they validated in the field of creative industries? How can we access, use and integrate various online tools and mobile applications?

Within this workshop will be presented practical examples of use and integration of digital elements, virtual and augmented reality applications (AR & VR) in education, culture and in promoting cultural heritage and in creative industries. The focus will be on Europeana collections, applications for storing cultural objects, how Timisoara2021 will be present in Europeana, but also how collections can be used in education. Ways to promote attractive museums, science and arts among young people, with the help of robotics, AR and VR applications will be presented with examples from Europe and Timisoara.

The digital strategy of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and opportunities for collaboration with Irish artists will also be presented during this workshop.
The presentation of the project Spotlight Heritage Timișoara using concepts such as digital heritage, integrated in web and mobile applications and cultural involvement of communities will be another point of interest.
Timisoara2021 Digital Cultural Data Platform, a digital identity visual cultural program dedicated to the European Capital of Culture, the preservation of individual and collective memory, indexing, archiving and cultural connection with Europeana will be launched on this occasion.

With international speakers from the USA, Europe and Romania, the workshop is addressed to all actors in the creative, cultural, artists, students, university professors, as well as tourism sectors.

The workshop is organized in partnership with EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network), IEEE Romania and is dedicated to the Timisoara2021 program.

The presentations of this workshop were part of the strategy of the Erasmus + DigiCulture project - "Improving the Digital Competences and Social Inclusion of Adults in Creative Industries", to build a free online course.

The workshop will be broadcasted live on our Facebook page and will be available on UniCampus.
The admission is free and the presentations will be held in in Romanian and English and a certificate of participation will be issued.


11:05 – 11:15 

Dr. Diana Andone, (director of CeL, Politehnica University of Timisoara)
Digital skills for the creative industries and the DigiCulture project.

11:15 – 12:00
Henning Scholz, Partner and Operations Manager, Europeana Foundation
Dan Matei, National Institute of Heritage, Europeana Romania

The European Digital Library: the cultural impact it produces

12:00 - 12:15
Prof. Antonella Poce, Head of the Center for Museum Studies, Roma Tre University, Italy (LIVE - online)
Developing users' soft skills through university painting collections

12:15 – 12:30
Assoc.Prof. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Head of the Ideas Lab, National Institute of Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland (LIVE - online)
Small language a global impact: Irish language and culture goes digital

12:30 - 12:50
Dr. Diana Andone, Prof.Dr.Ing. Radu Vasiu (Politehnica University of Timisoara)
Digital Culture - Online Course Development and Impact

12:50 - 13:05
Assoc.Prof. Hendrik Knoche, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark (LIVE - online)
VR and AR for education in architecture, at museums, and for digital heritage

13:05 - 13:25
Simona Fiț, Oana Romocea, Alexandra Forțis, Radu Ticiu
The Științescu contest, Romanian Science Festival, CoderDojo, BioCoderDojo

13:25 - 13:40

Denise Mc Donagh, Digital Program Manager, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture (LIVE - online)

Galway 2020 Digital Strategy and Program and the Atlantec Program

13:40 - 14:20
Coffee Break

14:20 - 14:35
Sorina Jecza, InterArt Triade Foundation
Himere valahe animate – cultural project with augmented reality

14:35 - 14:55
Victor Holotescu, (Politehnica University of Timisoara), Carmen Holotescu (Ioan Slavici University)
Blockchain in the cultural field

14:55 - 15:05

Chiara Zuanni, Walter Scholger, Graz University, Austria  (online)

The digital transformation in museums: new forms of curation and engagement

15:55 - 15:25
Dr. Diana Andone, Dr. Silviu Vert, Dr. Mugur Mocofan, Dr. Vlad Mihăescu, (Politehnica University of Timisoara), Arthur Csertus (Cobalt Sign)

Spotlight Heritage Timisoara - Your story

15:25 - 15:45
Dr. Diana Andone, Dr. Andrei Ternauciuc, Dr. Mugur Mocofan, (Politehnica University of Timisoara)

Timisoara2021 Digital Cultural Data Platform - Launch of the platform, concept and method of working

15:45 – 16:00 
Mark Frydenberg, Bentley University, USA(LIVE - online):
Virtual Museums Google's Arts and Culture project. 

16:00 - 16:30
Practical applications in,

Prof.Dr.Ing. Radu Vasiu (UPT)
Conclusions and closure of the session.

Dr. Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, responsible for planning and implementing eLearning. She runs the team who developed and assure daily integration of the university award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT. She is also senior lecturer at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia, interactive and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s life. She is an EDEN Fellow Title (European Distance and E-Learning Network), member of the EDEN Executive Committee, becoming in 2018 the EDEN Vice-President for Communication and Communities, and she is member of the IEEE Computer Society Learning Technologies Technical Committee (Publicity Chair) and the Education Chair in IEEE Romania Chapter. In the last years she was involved in over 30 EU funded projects, recently with a focus in open education, publishing and technologies. She is now coordinator of Erasmus+ DigiCulture project.

Prof. Radu Vasiu received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania in 1982 and 1997, respectively. He is currently a professor at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering of the Politehnica University of Timisoara. His research interests in the last years are in the area of open data ,smart cities, mobile applications, e-learning, multimedia and web technologies. Since 1993 he was involved in more than 30 international projects (Tempus, Phare, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Life Long Learning, FP6, etc), especially in the field of multimedia and e-learning, both as coordinator or as contractor. He is now the President of the Politehnica University Senate and the Director of the Multimedia Research Centre. He acted as invited professor in different universities from UK, Finland, France, Austria, Greece and Netherlands. The publication list includes 12 books and more than 100 papers presented at different international conferences. He was involved in 32 research or international cooperation projects. Currently, he acts as President of the International Association for e-Science (IAFeS), that promotes at international level the use of ICT in science and technology. He is also a member of IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society, European Association for Telematics Applications (EATA), European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN), International Association of Science and Technology Engineers for Development (IASTED), European Portal for Advanced Collaboration in E-learning (EuroPACE) and of the Commission for European Integration of the Romanian Academy, Timisoara branch.

Dan Matei, National Institute of Heritage, Europeana Romania
Documentary, author, (former) professional programmer specialized in finding information. For over 20 years director of the former CIMEC - Institute of cultural memory (which was part of the National Institute of Heritage). Currently bibliography at the National Institute of Heritage and representative of Romania in the experience group DCHE [Digital Cultural Heritage and Europeana] in Europe. Important implications: metadata aggregation for the European Digital Library (; the E-Culture project - Digital Library of Romania. Major concerns: date models, ontologies, digital libraries.

Henning Scholz, Partner and Operations Manager, Europeana Foundation

Henning is responsible for the relationships with cultural heritage professionals. As a paleontology curator and BHL-Europe coordinator, Henning contributed digital objects to the portal even before joining Europeana in 2012.

Assoc.Prof. Antonella Poce, Head of the Centre for Museum Studies, Università Roma Tre
Antonella Poce is an associate professor in Experimental Pedagogy within the Department of Education - University of Rome TRE, where she chairs the Center for Museum Education and postgraduate courses: annual museum education and advanced biennial studies in museum education. He coordinates national units within European projects and has led the international academic committees dealing with distance learning (EDEN PAN - Networks of Academics and Professionals). He is the author of various publications of national and international relevance on innovation, evaluation and use of technology in teaching and learning, in the context of the fruitful heritage.

Assoc. Prof.  Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl , Head of the The Ideas Lab, National Institute of Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland Dr.Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is currently an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, with the National Institute of Digital Learning in Dublin City University, researching Massive Open Online Courses and implementing the University's Strategic Initiative in this area. She is a Fulbright Scholar with the University of Notre Dame in the USA and Lecturer in Information Technology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in DCU.
Mairéad has held leadership roles within her School, Faculty and University serving as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Programme Chairperson and Chairperson to a number of University Working Groups. Mairéad is involved in a number of European research projects as both PI and researcher. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and include technology in teaching and learning; policy implementation and organisational change in higher education. Mairéad is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)
Mairéad is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE)

Assoc.Prof. Hendrik Knoche Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Hendrik Knoche has worked on interaction design and user experience both on desktop and mobile devices for more than ten years in industry and academia in various domains including games, mobile social networking, automated content adaptation, and perceived video and aesthetic quality. His research interests include human-centered design, mediated experiences, and ICT for inclusion, rehabilitation, education, and development along with methods for prototyping and evaluating applications. This includes understanding and modeling user experiences "in the wild". To this end, he is working on user adaptable interactions based on multi-modal usage models and user data including e.g. interaction and game metrics, physiological data and eye-tracking.

Denise McDonagh, Digital Program Manager, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
Denise McDonagh is passionate about creativity and technology, with over a decade of experience in the multimedia industry and in-depth knowledge in several digital creative industries, especially in multimedia production and digital storytelling.

Mark Frydenberg is Senior Lecturer at Bentley University, a successful author of the Cengage Learning series. Mark's professional interests include the use of technology in education. He is the Director of CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox ( and is a frequent speaker at conferences on the use of web 2.0 technologies.

Dr.Chiara Zuanni is a tenure-track assistant professor in digital humanities, at the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Graz. Her research focuses on digital practices in museums and on digital engagement with cultural heritage. She is a member of the Getty Institute in Ancient Itineraries and local leader for the Erasmus+ project Digiculture. She has a BA in Classics and a MA in Archaeology (University of Bologna), and a PhD in Museology (University of Manchester); and she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the University of Bergamo.
He is a member of the Getty Institute of Antitce Itineraries and a local leader for the Erasmus + Digiculture project.
She has a BA in Classics and a MA in Archaeology (University of Bologna), and a PhD in Museology (University of Manchester); and she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the University of Bergamo.

Dr. Sorina Jecza has a humanist background, being a graduate of the Faculty of Philology (University of Timisoara ( 1975-1979), doctor in Visual Arts.
Scientific researcher at the Banat Institute. Executive director and currently president of the TRIADE Foundation in Timisoara, she organized over 200 exhibitions, initiated and coordinated numerous projects funded by the Cultural Romanian Institute, The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, the City Hall of Timisoara. Also, as editor, she has curated and published, under the aegis of the Interart Triade Foundation, over 200 volumes: art catalogs, albums, monographs, literature books, and, as an author or co-author, she has published works of historic and plastic literature.

Prof. Carmen Holotescu he is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the “Ioan Slavici” University of Timișoara, with a doctorate on new technologies and open education. He has participated in many European projects and has rich experience in designing and implementing learning and collaboration platforms based on open pedagogies. He has written over 100 articles and books related to eLearning / Blended Learning, Social Media, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), mentioned in over 1000 citations. He is a certified online instructor at the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating online courses at this university for 12 years.

Șl. Dr. Eng. Andrei Ternauciuc is lecturer within the Communications Department of the Politehnica University Timisoara, as well as one of the technical administrators of the Campus Virtual of UPT, the official e-Learning platform of the university. He has over 10 years experience in working with learning management systems, and has helped design and implement various e-learning platforms, including ViCaDiS - Virtual Campus for Digital Students, CVUPT, and others.

Șl. Dr. Ing. Silviu Vert is lecturer in the Department of Communications of the Politehnica University of Timisoara. In 2015 he completed his doctoral studies on exploring open data in augmented reality applications. He is also a developer of the UPT Virtual Campus e-Learning platform. Silviu is actively involved in advocacy activities in "open government" at local and national level.
He is also a developer for the e-Learning platform of UPT - Virtual Campus. He is actively involved in advocacy activities in "open government" and at local and national level.

Dr. Vlad Mihăescu has a doctorate in MOOCs educational and technological models and has a 9 years experience as a trainer in areas such as multimedia, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability, programming, soft skills and leadership. Author of over 20 scientific papers and book chapters published at international conferences and magazines, Vlad has an entrepreneurial experience in ITC, event organization and tourism. He is currently executive director of Nanotech, a consultancy and training company, an associate professor of UPT, and a member of the CeL team. Vlad is the only licensed facilitator in the Central and Eastern Europe of the course Lead Without a Title by Robin Sharma.

Victor Holotescu is in his second year as a master student at UPT, having an experience of 5 years in developing mobile applications. In his portofolio he has the applications for parking with SMS, TPark and other applications like ArtEncounters, ArtTM, Campus Virtual UPT. He has won many prizes at hackathons and competitions and he took part of an Erasmus internship at University of Oulu, Finland.

Creative industries are defined as: Advertising and marketing, Architecture and landscapes, Crafts and other fields of cultural heritage, Design: product, fashion graphics and design, Film, TV, video, radio and photography, IT, digital economy and games, Museums , galleries and libraries, Music, visual arts and performing arts.