Maastricht McLuhan Institute

The Maastricht McLuhan Institute (MMI), European Centre for Digital Culture, Knowledge Organisation and Learning Technology, was officially opened by Dr Eric McLuhan in November, 1998 and began its formal activities in January, 1999 at the Grote Gracht 82 in Maastricht. MMI is an initiative of the Universiteit Maastricht, the Hogeschool Maastricht, the Hogeschool Limburg, the Limburgs Universitair Centrum (Diepenbeek), the LIOF Industriebank N.V. and the Province of Limburg. The mission of the Research Unit on Digital Culture is twofold. Firstly, to study the implications of ICT developments for culture and knowledge organisation. Academic research entails postgraduate students and visiting scholars. Secondly, to create comprehensive strategies for searching, structuring, using and presenting digital resources more coherently and efficiently, to integrate past knowledge and produce ordered knowledge that leads to new understanding and insights. To achieve the latter, the research unit is developing an existing software, SUMS, in conjunction with a prototype of a Virtual Reference Room. The implications of this work for education and business are being developed by the Learning Lab and Competence Centre respectively.

NOTE: This project ended in 2004.

Level of Expertise: 
HE-level research and development