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The THING Project - THing sites International Networking Group (THING)
Start date: Jun 30, 2009, End date: Jun 29, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The THING project is based on the Thing sites that are the assembly sites spread across North West Europe as a result of the Viking diaspora and Norse settlements. The objective is to exchange knowledge, specify, develop and test new and improved services for sustainable management and business development at the Northern European Thing sites. The project results should also contribute to a future nomination process of a serial inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the North Atlantic Thing sites. Achievements: Products and services:Title: Web based interregional service model An online resource and guidance to communicate the THING project outcomes and engage with the wider community. It incorporates branding and marketing strategies, recommendations for sustainable site management, a report on UNESCO process and achieving recognition for sites, details of Web 2.0 Services tested and implemented and descriptions of case studies.More information see:, http://www.thingproject.euTitle: Thing Sites website and Web 2.0 services A website and linked Web 2.0 services to share and disseminate knowledge, attract and inform visitors and engage the wider community regarding thing sites.More information see:, http://www.thingsites.comTitle: Common Strategy for UNESCO Guidance that provides an introduction to UNESCO World Heritage Status, requirements to be accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an overview of the process required to achieve serial nomination, a summary of other potential options for achieving international recognition for thing sites and recommendations.More information see:, http://www.thingproject.euTitle: THING Project Tourism and Marketing Strategy Guidance on how to raise the status and awareness of thing sites, collectively and individually, develop a tourism concept and joint marketing and product packaging to increase and manage visitor numbers in a sustainable way.More information see:, http://www.thingsites.comTitle: Thing Sites Geo Tour A themed transnational geo tour linking partner sites, i.e. a global treasure hunt using GPS, aimed at encouraging tourists to visit and explore landscapes.More information see:, http://www.geocaching.comTitle: Thing Sites interregional influence and history (Thing Story) Print products (leaflet and book) introducing things and each partner site, giving local tourism contact details and a map placing the sites in the context of the wider Viking world. It also includes QR codes to link to websites and Thing Sites GeoTour.More information see:,
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