Special Issue on Digital Infrastructures for Cultural Heritage
The digital component is now pervasive in Cultural Heritage research and practice. From the pioneering and sporadic applications of the last quarter of the 20th century, it has grown to become an essential for any CH investigation or management project. This development has led to the creation of a new interdisciplinary domain, the so-called Digital Heritage sector, and the need to support, structure, and manage the use of facilities, resources, services and applications no less than in other research domains, producing long-lasting infrastructures.
Such infrastructures may address specific aspects of digital heritage, such as visualization or documentation, or cover the full range of heritage-related activities, from investigation to conservation, management, education and communication. It is not by accident that recent large interventions such as the on-going “Pompeii Grand Project” start from a knowledge management plan and the digital data acquisition of all the archaeological remains.
Originally, digital heritage technology often comprised an exercise in the application of computer techniques originally conceived for other goals; the specific needs of such use has now dictated new requirements and has led to the development of new tools and methods tailored for heritage applications. The shift towards an application profile for heritage-oriented computer-based methods has implications for research infrastructures as much as for individual applications, and this is the scope of this special issue. Our goal is to collect papers dealing with innovative research on the many facets of digital heritage infrastructures, such as:
- Knowledge organization and semantic processing in Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries
- Data management, search and mining
- Natural language processing
- Multimedia systems and applications for Cultural Heritage
- Big Data in Cultural Heritage applications
- Visual data acquisition, storage and display
- Visualization, both research- and communication-oriented
- Immersive environments, virtual and augmented reality
- User studies, such as museum and sites applications, human interfaces, interaction and usability
- e-Learning: Tools for Education, Documentation and Training in Cultural Heritage
Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. Please follow the format instructions for the journal. When submitting, please select “Digital Infrastructure for Cultural Heritage” as the manuscript type in the journal submission system.
Important Dates (planned)
- Submission Deadline: April 30th, 2016
- Author notification: July 1st, 2016
- Revised Papers expected: Sept. 1st, 2016
- Final acceptance notification: November 2016
- Publication: Issue 1, 2017