Special issue of ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

Special Issue on “Interacting with the past”
ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage
Submission deadline: June 28, 2013

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submit papers on original and unpublished research and practical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.

– immersive setups
– desktop-based interfaces
– 3D spatial input
– tangible interaction
– virtual reality
– augmented reality
– on-site installations
– touch input
– multimodal and collaborative interfaces
– perception
– interaction techniques
– user studies
– usability testing and evaluation
– museums and mediation
– learning tools

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and
Cultural Heritage. Please follow the format
<http://jocch.acm.org/formats&gt; instructions for the journal. When
submitting, please select the option “Interacting with the past (Special
Issue)” as the manuscript type in the journal submission system:

Guest Editors

Martin Hachet
(Inria – Potioc, Bordeaux, France)
email: Martin.Hachet@inria.fr

Matteo Dellepiane
(CNR-ISTI, Pisa, Italy)
email: matteo.dellepiane@isti.cnr.it
Important Dates and Results

Submission Deadline: June 28th, 2013
Author notification: September 1st, 2013 (planned)
Revised Papers expected: October 20th, 2013 (planned)
Final acceptance notification: December 2013
Publication: Spring 2014

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