workshop2Digital archives, all too often, are treated like electronic shelves of dusty books. ARK4 aims to change that.

The digitalization of books and archives provides a unique opportunity to change the relationship between user and institution.
25novARK4 is a heritage library of games the experiments with content, appearance and user design, to create a new virtual space of supporting learning. It also explores the role of technology in disseminating information in a way that reaches a wider public . Workshops, games, 3D environments are all tools in the new and diverse archivist kit. The relationship between the public and digital content is among the core issues the project works on. In its new phase, the project attempts to re-use digital content from the Cultural Heritage sector, mainly deriving from Europeana and other libraries to reach a wider audience through knowledge testing games.
  • Games in English
1. Children’s Literature is the first of a series of knowledge testing games that will be produced in this context. Launched on March 3, 2016 on the occasion of the World Book Day, it is a joyful topic that aims to travel its users back to their childhood and test what they have been reading and remember from then. Among the questions, the users can have a look at beautiful visual records lying currently within Europeana. –
See more at Europeana Research.
2. Children at Granma(coming shortly)
  • Games in Norwegian
  • Methodology: ARK4 applies user-centred methods and collects new narratives, to be shared by the national and regional community of libraries, schools and archives through surveys and interviews.
  • Collaborators
ARK4 is a cooperation project between four Trondheim institutions and an international collaborator financed by the National Library of Oslo.


Banner picture: Irene D. Marquez