MACE, an European Initiative is aimed at improving architectural education, by integrating and connecting vast amounts of content from diverse repositories, including past European projects existing architectural design communities.
MACE with the creation of innovative e-learning tools will provide the community with services such as finding, acquiring, using and discussing contents that were previously had limited accessibility to small groups.
The project is built around several successful projects, such as DYNAMO, INCOM, WINDS, ARIADNE. In addition, the project is aimed at identifying and adding alternative repositories in Europe.
The consortium includes three content partners, who have access to a large number of content providers, including architects and universities dealing with architecture and design.
The project, reaching a substantial mass of digital content will significantly impact the EU scenario concerning architecture and cultural heritage, and will certainly become a landmark for further community activity in these domains.
The initiative will develop and use several types of metadata for tagging contents: traditional content metadata and ontologies, context metadata, competence metadata and learning process metadata, usage related metadata and metadata acquired through social interaction, e.g. recommendations by peer users or blog entries.
Close relation with universities and professionals ensures that user expectations are met, adapting proposed solutions to the real needs of the community. Since these users are distributed across countries in Europe, the project will have a multicultural and multilingual approach, designing and deploying working solutions for allowing the contents sharing across borders.