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Cultural Heritage is a legacy from the past, which we should pass on to current and future generations. Advances in computer graphics allow us to express Cultural Heritage information through 3D digital worlds that have proved to enhance the understanding of sites and objects of the past. Users may enter digital re-creations of places that no longer exist (e.g., Gardens of Babylon), or they can manipulate virtual replicas of ancient objects that are rare and precious.
One of the central issues for such interactive systems is the user interface aspect. Users need to be able to interact easily and efficiently with content. This may relate to the interaction between the visitors to museums and the exhibits, or it may relate to new ways of interaction that could provide added value to the everyday work of museum curators or archaeologists, for example. The problem of designing a user interface for a Cultural Heritage application is particularly interesting, since it often requires the consideration of a variety of design factors including ease of learning and ease of use, enjoyment, performance, robustness, support for collaboration and customization, and development cost.
Recent developments in input and output hardware as well as the introduction of many new and exciting interaction techniques open very interesting perspectives and true opportunities for the Cultural Heritage domain. The goal of this special issue is to collect papers on novel user interfaces and interaction techniques, case studies, perspective applications, and technological and methodological issues related to interaction for Cultural Heritage. Authors are invited to submit papers on original and unpublished research and practical applications related to tangible and intangible heritage, including history, archaeology, art, cultural awareness, natural/environmental heritage. In particular, we call for contributions, including but not limited to the following topics.
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 the option "Interacting with the past" as the manuscript type in the journal submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocch.
Important Dates and Results
Submission Deadline: July 9th, 2013