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ICTs provide powerful tools to build Cultural Heritage applications enabling a better understanding and appreciation of our present and past both by specialists and the general public, supporting the preservation, reproduction, representation and fruition of artifacts, sites and intangible goods in the form of Virtual Heritage. While multimedia archives and the digitization of artefacts and sites offer easy access of cultural content to people regardless of space and time constraints, it is through game mechanics that a much larger public could be motivated to explore such impressive resources. For this reason, games with educational purposes, namely Serious Games (SG), are becoming more and more popular. The target of SGs in the Cultural Heritage domain is to actually spread cultural content at its maximum extent by exploiting this medium's intrinsic features.
The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers on case studies, perspective applications, technological and methodological issues related to SGs for Cultural Heritage to define the best practices and highlight both the challenges and benefits of SGs in the Cultural Heritage sector. Authors are invited to submit papers on original and unpublished research and practical applications concerning SGs for a range of educational objectives related to tangible and intangible heritage, including history, archaeology, art, cultural awareness, natural/environmental heritage. In particular, we call for contributions on topics including but not limited to:
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 "Serious Games for CH" as the manuscript type in the journal submission system http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocch.
June 15, 2012
Extended Deadline: July 13, 2012
Papers submitted: 16
Author notification: October 15, 2012 (planned) October 22, 2012 (effective)
Results of first revision cycle: 4 papers conditionally selected (revision requested)
Publication: Volume 6, Issue 2 - May 2013
We would like to acknowledge and thank the anonymous reviewers that helped us to evaluate the submissions: