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ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

Special Issue on Digital Infrastructures for Cultural Heritage

*** extended Deadline:  April 30th, 2016 ***

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
As the intended audience includes both heritage researchers and professionals, and computer and information scientists, to be accepted papers will not only need to present innovative computer science content but also refer to a clear Cultural Heritage context where they have been, or are going to be, tested and evaluated. They should address a comprehensive framework – the infrastructure – rather than an individual application, unless the latter is the backbone of an infrastructure.

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

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Goettingen Dialog in Digital Humanities: Program Now Available

The Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities has established a forum for the discussion of digital methods applied to all areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including Classics, Philosophy, History, Literature, Law, Languages, Archaeology and more. The initiative is organised by the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) with the involvement of DARIAH.EU.
The dialogs will take place every Monday (except for April 26th) from April 11th until mid July 2016 in the form of 90-minute seminars between 4:00-6:00pm Presentations will be 45 minutes long and delivered in English, followed by 45 minutes of discussion and student participation. Furthermore, we proudly announce that Prof. Dr. Stefan Gradmann (KU Leuven) will be giving the opening keynote on April 11th.

Unless otherwise requested by the speaker, the dialogs will be video-recorded and subsequently uploaded to our YouTube channel. Presentation slides will be collected by the organisers on presentation day and made available for download on this page. It is the responsibility of the speakers to ensure that all materials presented are duly credited and rights cleared.

The authors will be asked to contribute a paper to a Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) special issue. Furthermore, the author(s) of the best paper and talk will receive a prize of €500, which will be awarded on the basis of both the quality of the paper (50% weight) and the presentation of the research (50% weight).

The full program can be found on the website of the electronic Text Reuse Acquisition Project (eTrap).

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NEWS – I Settimana delle Culture Digitali (4 – 10 Aprile 2016)

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La Settimana delle Culture Digitali #SCUD2016 è promossa dalla Rete Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts & Humanities School, che riunisce oltre 50 soggetti tra università, enti di ricerca nazionali, istituti di cultura, associazioni e altre organizzazioni.

Scopo comune è rispondere al bisogno di formazione sulle competenze digitali da parte degli operatori dei settori patrimonio culturale, arti e scienze umanistiche, trasformare la domanda da potenziale ad attuale, ottimizzare il contesto di mercato, orientando le scelte politiche in Italia e in Europa sulla base delle più avanzate attività di ricerca e innovazione.


La #SCUD2016 consiste in una settimana di eventi dedicati al valore delle culture digitali in tutte le loro forme, organizzati dai membri della Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts & Humanities School e da qualunque altra organizzazione che aderisca al manifesto della iniziativa.

Sono previsti convegni, seminari, iniziative di orientamento, laboratori aperti, performance e ogni altra manifestazione o forma di comunicazione suggerita dalla creatività dei proponenti, purché efficace in funzione dell’obiettivo di divulgare una seria cultura digitale di base.

Tutte le scuole di ogni ordine e grado sono invitate a partecipare al concorso “Crowddreaming: i giovani co-creano culture digitali” e a coinvolgere i loro studenti nella creazione del primo #monumentodigitale.


La #SCUD2016 si svolge dal 4 al 10 Aprile 2016.


Gli eventi sono organizzati su tutto il territorio nazionale.


Da Wikipedia

“Il concetto moderno di cultura si può intendere come quell’insieme di conoscenze e di pratiche acquisite che vengono trasmesse di generazione in generazione”.
Le generazioni contemporanee sono le prime nella storia dell’umanità a creare e tramandare culture digitali.

La #SCUD2016 nasce per:

diffondere la consapevolezza della portata epocale dell’avvento del digitale nella storia culturale dell’umanità;
aiutare gli individui ad orientarsi per navigare nell’oceano di opportunità che si aprono;
creare una community come laboratorio interdisciplinare permanente di trasmissione generazionale di culture digitali.


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NEWS – 10/02/2016 – Research Infrastructure for Digital Cultural Heritage

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Presidenza italiana EU 2014



Research Infrastructure and e-Infrastructures for Digital Cultural Heritage

in cooperation with the European project ARIADNE
the National Central Library of Rome

Roma, 13-14 November 2014, Biblioteca nazionale centrale
Viale Castro Pretorio 105, Conference Hall

Simultaneous translation Italian-English


The International conference will focus on how e-Infrastructure and Research Infrastructure, operating in the Cultural Heritage domain,  are collaborating together to integrate the existing different research data infrastructures, so as to allow researchers to use distributed data and new and powerful technologies to enhance the research methodology in the field of exploitation and conservation of cultural heritage.

It will provide an overview of the strategic, scientific and organizational issues related to the development of virtual communities of interdisciplinary researchers and experts from cultural institutions analyzing what the e-Infrastructure may offer  to them.  The main objective is  to implement services and tools tailored to their specific needs, enabling digital research environments.

The challenges  for the development of an e-Infrastructure for Cultural Heritage is based on the re-use of tools and services from existing infrastructures and projects at national and/or European level as appropriate for the integration of heterogeneous data from multiple sources and value-added services for computing, simulation, and data exploration, mining and visualisation.

The perspective, within Horizon 2020, is to enhance the effective collaboration between research infrastructures and e-Infrastructure providers in order to foster higher efficiency and productivity thanks to reliable and easy access to discovery and re-use of data.

The conference program presents an opening session with political remarks; a session that introduces E-infrastructures services and organizational aspects for the digital cultural heritage and a session presenting the most important Research Infrastructures in cultural heritage sector.

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NEWS – 10/02/2016 – Il nuovo sito it.Dariah.Eu è online !

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Con enorme gioia vi mostriamo il nuovo sito di Dariah – it.

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