Reminiscing is a pleasurable activity for seniors and can improve their well being by providing rich opportunities for communication with peers and family. The Nostalgia Bits (NoBits) project aims at fostering social interaction between elderly and their family, through capturing their memories, personal, family and local history embodied by letters, newspapers, postcards, photos and other documents. A web-based platform is being developed where tangible artefacts of an elderly person’s life experience can be uploaded and become a significant resource for use by other generations, and a means for connecting the elderly users with members of own generation. Nostalgia Bits will thus be more than an “on-line community” service. It aims to be one of the first examples of what we call an “augmented community” service. Augmented communities combine the benefits of interest-bound communities (typically supported by on-line services) with the benefits of geographically-bound communities (which lead to rich, face-to-face interactions).
The Nostalgia Bits project aims to provide a platform where tangible artefacts of an elderly person’s life experience can be uploaded to a web site and become a significant resource for use by other generations, and a means for connecting the elderly users with members of own generation. The user base is expected to go beyond the elderly user and their families, to include peer group members whose life experiences and memories intersect and extend to community elements such as schools and colleges. This will allow elderly users to combat feelings of isolation, and low self esteem.
Expected results and impact
Nostalgia Bits will have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life of elderly people by offering them a medium to transmit their memories into activity, as well as connect to peers who share and can relate to their life experiences. The pursuit will not only engage them cognitively, it will motivate them to advance their computer skills and significantly broaden their social spheres. Additionally, participants will be acting as a valuable resource for young people interested in learning about different periods in history.
Partners involved in the NoBits project
|Mobility and Multimedia Nonprofit Ltd.||SME||Hungary||www.mmklaszter.com|
|Virgo Systems Ltd.||SME||Hungary||www.virgo.hu|
|Kalvin Janos Presbiteri Mission, Arany Alkony elderly homes||End User||Hungary||www.aranyalkony.hu|
|Market Logic Software AG||SME||Germany||www.marketlogicsoftware.com|
|University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland||R&D||Switzerland||www.heig-vd.ch|
|Atlantis Consulting SA||SME||Greece||www.atlantisresearch.gr|
|Istituto Auxologico Italiano||R&D||Italy||www.auxologico.it|
|FIMI S.R.L.||Large Industry||Italy||www.barco.com|
- Project name: Nostalgia Bits
- Website: www.nobits.eu
- Coordinator: Mobility and Multimedia Nonprofit Ltd.
- Duration: 36 Months
- Starting Date: 03.05.2010
- Total budget: € 3.469.730
- Public contribution: € 2.112.125
Mr. Barnabas Malnay