Science museums and centers provide a unique source of knowledge and opportunities for dialogue and engagement with science through exhibition objects, activities and events for different target publics. Many science centres and museums nowadays also provide access to detailed information and accompanying programmes through the internet. However, specific information can be difficult to find for users and there is no unified system to retrieve information from European museums and centres.

On the other hand, computer-based technology has made enormous advances in the past few years, adding layers of meaning and possibilities for interaction and learning that have no precedent in the history of technology. Web based platforms, user communities; information sharing services and social networks are used by more people than ever before. Young people in particular are becoming more and more familiar with the use of such computerized services in order to communicate, collaborate and share content across networks of contacts in their daily life. These advances make computer and internet based technology ideal places for learning and engagement to take place. Indeed, many systems have already been implemented to support e-learning and other interactions from a distance.

Moreover, science centres and museums are the ideal places for software-enhanced learning tools to be used and implemented to the best effect. Science centres and museums have always fostered interaction between people (in this case the visitors in the centre), objects (the exhibits on display) and additional information (through explainers – people physically present in the exhibition, and through text panels and other printed materials). Therefore, the use of technologies that promote this kind of link-forming with information and people is a logical step forward in the development of the activities of European organisations devoted to developing educational tools for scientific subjects and to creating engagement with science.